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  • Organisation

    HelpAge Cambodia is Cambodia’s leading agency on ageing and has worked with older people in Cambodia for over 20 years through Older Peoples Associations (OPAs), which are a proven, older people-led, safety net mechanism endorsed by the Royal Government of Cambodia to address social and welfare protection needs of older people. HelpAge Cambodia was registered with the Ministry of Interior on 12 December 2012. HelpAge works with older people across Battambang, Banteay Meanchey and Siem Reap provinces of Cambodia.

    HelpAge works closely and in cooperation with the Royal Government of Cambodia, including several central ministries and provincial departments such as Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation, Health, Women’s Affairs, Rural Development, Committee on Disaster Management, and Environment to support to the older people and promote the inclusion of ageing into the development programming and policy efforts in Cambodia.

    Our vision
    A society in which all older people can lead dignified, active, healthy and secure lives.

    Our mission
    To work for and with marginalised older people to echo and voice their concerns and needs for rights to healthcare, social services and economic and physical security, and to promote older peoples active contribution and equal participation in society.

     

    • Organisation

      HelpAge Cambodia is Cambodia’s leading agency on ageing and has worked with older people in Cambodia for over 20 years through Older Peoples Associations (OPAs), which are a proven, older people-led, safety net mechanism endorsed by the Royal Government of Cambodia to address social and welfare protection needs of older people. HelpAge Cambodia was registered with the Ministry of Interior on 12 December 2012. HelpAge works with older people across Battambang, Banteay Meanchey and Siem Reap provinces of Cambodia.

      HelpAge works closely and in cooperation with the Royal Government of Cambodia, including several central ministries and provincial departments such as Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation, Health, Women’s Affairs, Rural Development, Committee on Disaster Management, and Environment to support to the older people and promote the inclusion of ageing into the development programming and policy efforts in Cambodia.

      Our vision
      A society in which all older people can lead dignified, active, healthy and secure lives.

      Our mission
      To work for and with marginalised older people to echo and voice their concerns and needs for rights to healthcare, social services and economic and physical security, and to promote older peoples active contribution and equal participation in society.

       

    • Project

      The proportion of older people in the Cambodian population is expected to double in the next thirty years. The needs of older persons, especially women and those who are disabled, and the issues associated with ageing currently receive little attention from planners, policymakers and the community in general. HelpAge Cambodia (HAC) is currently the only Cambodian organisation working exclusively with older people.

      This project is, therefore, proposing the development of the Cambodian Older Peoples Alliance (COPA) as a vehicle to amplify and ensure that the voices of older people, particularly the most marginalised, are understood and responded to by Government and policymakers and there is an equitable implementation of the SDGs. The formation of COPA member will start from existing or former project partners of HAC include NGOs, OPA Federations and OPAs. Those organisations representing or working with or for older people, women, people living with disabilities, possibly indigenous people and LGBTI persons together as well as the persons directly, will be invited to become members of COPA and will be provided with capacity building and support to help them develop a unified platform. HAC has experience working with older people particularly women and older people with disabilities but this project will provide HAC opportunity to get involved with indigenous groups or LGBTI persons.

      The specific objective of the alliance will be to improve access to public services and foster space for economic, social and policy-making participation for the most marginalised older people to ensure they are not ignored or left behind. Within this, four significant areas of work have been identified:

      • The development of a unified advocacy platform to bring to government and public attention the key issues affecting older people, with a focus on older women and older people with disabilities. Then, working with the government crafting policies and associated strategies to address these issues.
      • Building awareness and understanding of the intersections of age with disability and gender among CSOs and others providing services to older people (e.g. healthcare providers), government and civil society.
      • Ensuring older women and older people living with disability are included in SDG planning and implementation.
      • Increasing participation with government and civil society on a possible UN convention on the rights of older people.
  • Project

    The proportion of older people in the Cambodian population is expected to double in the next thirty years. The needs of older persons, especially women and those who are disabled, and the issues associated with ageing currently receive little attention from planners, policymakers and the community in general. HelpAge Cambodia (HAC) is currently the only Cambodian organisation working exclusively with older people.

    This project is, therefore, proposing the development of the Cambodian Older Peoples Alliance (COPA) as a vehicle to amplify and ensure that the voices of older people, particularly the most marginalised, are understood and responded to by Government and policymakers and there is an equitable implementation of the SDGs. The formation of COPA member will start from existing or former project partners of HAC include NGOs, OPA Federations and OPAs. Those organisations representing or working with or for older people, women, people living with disabilities, possibly indigenous people and LGBTI persons together as well as the persons directly, will be invited to become members of COPA and will be provided with capacity building and support to help them develop a unified platform. HAC has experience working with older people particularly women and older people with disabilities but this project will provide HAC opportunity to get involved with indigenous groups or LGBTI persons.

    The specific objective of the alliance will be to improve access to public services and foster space for economic, social and policy-making participation for the most marginalised older people to ensure they are not ignored or left behind. Within this, four significant areas of work have been identified:

    • The development of a unified advocacy platform to bring to government and public attention the key issues affecting older people, with a focus on older women and older people with disabilities. Then, working with the government crafting policies and associated strategies to address these issues.
    • Building awareness and understanding of the intersections of age with disability and gender among CSOs and others providing services to older people (e.g. healthcare providers), government and civil society.
    • Ensuring older women and older people living with disability are included in SDG planning and implementation.
    • Increasing participation with government and civil society on a possible UN convention on the rights of older people.

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