Our program aims to help Samoa to strengthen governance by:
- supporting improved local policing through the Samoa Australia Police Partnership
- increasing the opportunities for women to engage in political participation and other leadership roles1
- supporting the public sector to operate and deliver services more effectively and efficiently, improve their client focus, and to help create the environment for private sector-led economic growth
- supporting civil society and private sector initiatives to address Samoa’s development challenges
- building a quality and accessible parliament house to meet the 21st century needs of Samoa's Parliament.
Samoa Parliament Complex Redevelopment Project
Up to $12 million, 2012-2017
Australia’s investment supports the Government of Samoa to build a new parliament house that is modern, functional, cost-effective and well fitted-out to meet the 21st century needs of Samoa’s parliamentary processes. The old parliament building, built in 1972, survived many devastating cyclones over the years and needs to be replaced.
Funding covers the design, construction and natural hazard assessment of the new parliament house. Australia will provide funding for technical advisers to assist the Samoan Government with quality assurance and oversight of the project. Australia’s Department of Parliamentary Services has been engaged to provide technical oversight on the installation of ICT equipment for the new parliament house.
Samoa Civil Society Support Program
Up to $7.9 million, 2010-2015
The Civil Society Support Program provides small grants to civil society organisations to improve their skills and implement sustainable projects. The program also supports civil society organisations to represent and advocate on behalf of their communities, especially in support of vulnerable groups.
The program was jointly established, and contributed to, by Australia, the European Union and Samoa. Projects must meet specific vulnerability criteria to ensure that funds are going to those who need them the most. Decisions on funding allocations are undertaken jointly by representatives of Australia and the European Union, civil society and the Samoan Government.
Future support for the Civil Society Support Program is currently being considered.
Samoa Women Shaping Development
Up to $4.3 million, 2015-2020
The Samoan Women Shaping Development program aims to make a practical difference in the lives of Samoan women, their families and their communities.
Through this program, we will work together with the Government of Samoa to increase women’s economic empowerment and work to reduce the incidence of gender-based violence. We will increase the knowledge and understanding on gender equality, and technical capacity in gender analysis, across Samoan government, civil society and private sector organisations.
Samoa Disability Program
Up to $5.5 million, 2013-2017
The Samoa Disability Program assists the Government of Samoa to achieve greater compliance with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in policy, legislation and programs, deepen community awareness on the rights of people with a disability, improve accessibility of services, and increase employment and income-generating activities.