Disability and poverty in Cambodia

This study evaluates the relationship between disability and poverty in Cambodia so as to inform the design of disability-inclusive policies and programs in accordance with the Government's obligations under the national Law on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2009). Using five rounds (2009-2013) of the national living standards survey, the study provides the first nationally representative evidence on the living standards of persons with disabilities in the country. The study concludes with an in-country workshop to disseminate results with key stakeholders and explore opportunities for further research.


Barbara McPake [Nossal Institute for Global Health, Faculty of Medicine, Dental and Health Sciences, UoM]

Michael Palmer [Nossal Institute for Global Health, Faculty of Medicine, Dental and Health Sciences, UoM]

Jenny Williams [Faculty of Business and Economics, UoM]

Ngin Soarath [Cambodia Disabled People's Organisation]

Ek Chanmakara [Disability Action Council]

Research outputs

Working paper:

Palmer, M., Williams, J., McPake, B. 2016. The Cost of Disability in a Low-Income Country. The University of Melbourne.


Media and events

Very few disabled Cambodians receive Government aid, study shows, The Cambodia Daily, November 1, 2016.

Does Cambodia really care about its disabled?, The Diplomat, November 3, 2016.


Palmer, M., Williams, J., McPake, B. 2015. Disability costs and poverty in a low-income country. Seminar presentation at the University of Melbourne Health Economics Group Annual Workshop hosted by the Melbourne Institute for Social and Economic Research, 11th March.

Research Program

Disability and mental health