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Disability Data App (DDA), Cambodia

CDPO staff, Mean Vibolratanak and Phon Chhoun, test out the DDA data collection tablets at the CDPO offices. Mean Vibolratanak has worked as a training assistant at CDPO for the last 4 years. He contracted polio when he was 3 years old, and as a result is now a wheelchair user as he suffers from poliomyelitis in his legs. Phon Chhoun has worked as a cleaner at CDPO for the last 10 years. She also contracted polio as a child and now suffers from poliomyelitis in her right leg.

At a glance

Lack of data on persons with disabilities is a global challenge. Particularly in low and middle-income countries, where more than 800 million persons with disabilities live, there is little information about specific limitations and barriers. The Data Disability App Project, implemented by GIZ in Cambodia, used the mobile app KoboCollect to close this data gap. Members of the Cambodian Organizations for Persons with disabilities (CDPO) and other Disabled Peoples Organizations (DPOs) were trained to use the app via tablets to collect data on limitations, needs, barriers and solutions for persons with disabilities. This data can now be used to communicate the needs and barriers of persons with disabilities to local and national policy makers and service providers. The SDG principle of “leaving no one behind” is thus translated into practice through self-governed data collection and advocacy. Within the framework of the project, 21 data collectors from 13 DPOs were trained. In total, data was collected from over 4,500 persons with disabilities. The app can be used offline and includes the possibility to generate GPS-based maps, reports and graphs that can be used for demand-oriented disaster control, health and rehabilitation services, educational offers, employment promotion and basic social security. The results were presented to a total of 500 key actors from Cambodia in ten workshops.

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