Strengthening governance in Samoa

Overview

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.

Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls, Natasha Stott Despoja met with Samoa’s Minister of Justices and Courts Administration, Fiame Naomi Mataafa. Mataafa is also a Board member of the Australian funded Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development Program. From left to right – Ambassador Stott Despoja, Minister Fiame Naomi Mataafa and Australian High Commissioner to Samoa, Sue Langford. Credit: DFAT
Women’s committees are some of the civil society bodies that is benefitting from the Civil Society Support Program (CSSP) which is funded in partnership by the Governments of Australia, Samoa and the European Union. Credit: DFAT

Related documents*

Name of document Year published Type

Civil Society Support Programme Final Report

2015

Final report

Samoa Civil Society Support Programme—Progress Report January 2013-June 2015

2015

Progress report

Civil Society Support Programme Six Month Report January 2013 – July 2013

2013

Progress report

Civil Society Support Programme Mid Term Review Report March 2013

2013

Mid-term review

Civil Society Support Programme Annual Report 2011–2012

2012

Annual report

Samoa Civil Society Support Facility Annual Report 1 July 2010–30 June 2011

2011

Annual report

Quality at Entry Report for the Samoa Civil Society Support Facility

2010

Quality at entry report

Programme Design for a Civil Society Support Programme For Samoa—Final Report March 2010

2010

Design

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.

Related documents*

Name of document Year published Type

Samoa Women Shaping Development Program—Support for the Government of Samoa’s Gender Objectives 2015-2020

2015

Design document

Samoa Women Shaping Development Progress Report July – December 2015

2015

Progress report

Increasing Political Participation of Women in Samoa design document

2015

Design document

Samoa Women Shaping Development: Inception Work Plan January – June 2016

2016

Work plan

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.

Related documents*

Name of document Year published Type

Samoa Disability Program Design Document — 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2017

2013

Design Document

Samoa Integrated Mobility Device Services (SIMDES) Design Document

2014

Design document

Samoa Disability Program—Annual Newsletter 2014-15

2015

Newsletter

 

1. See Samoa Women Shaping Development

* The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is committed to high standards of transparency and accountability in the management of the Australian aid program through publishing information on our website, including policies, plans, results, evaluations and research. Our practice is to publish documents after the partner government and any other partners directly involved in the delivery of the initiative have been consulted. Not all material published on this site is created by the Australian aid program and therefore not all documents reflect our views. In limited circumstances some information may be withheld for reasons including privacy and commercial sensitivity.



Last Updated: 7 July 2016