The additional costs of disability in Cambodia: implications for the design of social protection schemes

Persons with disabilities are disproportionately represented amongst the poorest members of Cambodia’s population. Overall, the national poverty rate (2021) among persons without disabilities was 17.5 per cent, while the rate was 21.1 per cent among persons with disabilities. This 8-page document, supported by ACCESS Cambodia, summarises the additional costs of living with a disability and offers options for the Cambodian context. It concludes that, for equality of standards of living and opportunities for persons with disabilities and their households to be attained, financial compensation from the state that addresses the higher disability-related costs is needed.