Six-monthly Reflection Workshop of the Australian-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program

Six-monthly Reflection Workshop of the Australian-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program

On 17 February 2021, the six-monthly reflection workshop was organised to focus on program implementation experience during the July – December 2020 period, and to note lessons learnt and formulate a revised action plan. The workshop also discussed priorities for the remaining time in Year 3 and beyond. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has made this reflection exercise even more essential considering the increased need for the Program to demonstrate adaptation and flexibility in implementation to overcome challenges associated with the pandemic while promoting preventative measures.

Participants of the workshop included representatives from the national and provincial level departments of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation, and Disability Action Council; as well as Persons with Disability Foundation, the Ministry of Interior, the National Committee for Sub-National Democratic Development, Physical Rehabilitation Centre, and district officials.

Ms. Anne Rou-KHIEV, Team Leader of the ACCESS Program, expressed her appreciation for everyone for all their hard work and efforts to promote the rights of persons with disabilities and women affected by gender-based violence (GBV). She stated, “The reflection workshop gives an opportunity to participants to share and learn from each other across sectors (GBV and disability), and reflect on the work we have done so far and what areas we can improve on.”

The reflection workshop gathered various methods used to further develop service provision capacity to targeted people, such as online training, a model of systematic training from national to sub-national​ level and coaching training. The workshop also explored changes in district administration and Commune Council for Women and Children and reviewed relevant adaptation methods that are suitable under the new context.

The ACCESS Program is working in partnership with the Royal Government of Cambodia and 14 implementing partners to provide equitable sustainable services to persons with disabilities and women affected by GBV.