Tag - 2019

To mark National and International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we are proud to share the story of Ms. Nguon Sophak Kanika. Despite the many challenges of being a woman and a person with disability, Kanika holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work and is currently a lecturer at the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP). Access to education has not always been easy for her, “my classmates looked at me as a stranger because of my disability”. However, her [...]


One in five Cambodian women aged 15-64 have reported experiencing physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. Women with disabilities experience much higher levels of all forms of violence. The Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) is supporting role models like Ngin Sarin, Judicial Police Officer from the Siem Reap Provincial Department of Women’s Affairs, who are dedicating their lives to supporting access to justice for survivors of gender-based violence. “I am really happy to support [...]


The Australian Embassy, in collaboration with the Cambodian Government Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Ministry of Interior and the Disability Action Council, recently conducted a series of sub-national workshops to engage key government and non-government stakeholders from three priority provinces (Siem Reap, Kampong Cham and Kampong Speu) to discuss the implementation and coordination of the Australia – Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable and Sustainable Services (ACCESS). Facilitating collaboration [...]


Deputy Ambassador, Luke Arnold, attended the launch of the Physical Accessibility Standards for Persons with Disabilities in Cambodia. These standards, developed by the Ministry for Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MoSVY), the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction (MoLMUPC), and the Disability Action Council (DAC), provide technical guidance for builders, architects and designers to help them design and build a barrier- free environment for persons with disabilities. Our support for this event, including through our Australia-Cambodia [...]


Recently, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MOWA), with the support of the ACCESS Program, conducted a consultative workshop with women with disabilities (WWD) on NAPVAW III. This was the first intensive and participatory gathering to provide opportunities for WWD to engage in the discussion on the draft NAPVAW III. A guiding purpose of the workshop was to assess whether NAPVAW III fulfills the gaps and responds to the needs and issues of WWD affected by GBV.


Phnom Penh, 12 April 2019:  To celebrate the upcoming Khmer New Year, ACCESS program organized a blessing ceremony in the ACCESS Program office. Buddhist monks were invited to chant a blessing for the ACCESS program team as well as the representatives from government counterparts for good luck, prosperity and success for the coming year. The entire ACCESS program team wishes everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous Khmer New Year!


ACCESS organised an Information Session on the Competitive Investment Mechanism on the 4 April at Cambodiana Hotel. This briefing was an opportunity for potential applicants to seek clarification on the selection process of grantees. For more information on the application process, please go to the Grant Opportunities where you will find the EOI Guidelines, Templates (in both English and khmer) and FAQs.


The ACCESS launch on Thursday 21 March coincided with the launch of the call for Expression of Interest for the Competitive Investment Mechanism.  Eligible organisations are now invited to apply for grants through the ACCESS program. For more information on the application process, please go to the Grant Opportunities where you will find the EOI Guidelines and Templates (in both English and khmer).


The Official Launch ceremony of the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) program took place on Thursday 21 March 2019 at the Hotel Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra. The Australian Ambassador, Angela Corcoran, launched the new program and was joined by HE Dr. Vong Sauth, Minister of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation and President of the Disability Action Council, HE Dr Ing Katha Phavi, Minister of Women Affairs and HE Ros Seilava, Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Economy and [...]


First ACCESS Steering Committee meeting took place on the 7 March at the Cambodiana hotel. The Committee reviewed and endorsed the proposed ACCESS strategic directions, priorities and geographic coverage for ACCESS activities, and assessment criteria for the competitive grants as well as to provide an update on the launch preparations and other activities to June 2019.