Australia and the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) share regional interests, particularly ensuring maritime and transnational security, sustainable management of fisheries and a common interest in supporting economic and human development.
Federated States of Micronesia landscape (credit: DFAT).
The FSM faces major long-term development challenges and the four states that comprise the FSM—Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei and Kosrae—differ markedly in their development outcomes, necessitating a calibration of Australia’s aid to fit differing needs in each state. The only two MDGs that FSM is on track to meet relate to achieving gender equality and combating HIV/AIDS and other diseases. Australian aid to the FSM focuses on improving economic governance and donor coordination. Australia will support the implementation of FSMs recently endorsed donor coordination policy, to optimise the allocation and use of donor funds. In collaboration with the Asian Development Bank Australia will also support an enhanced economic reform programme to promote increased economic self-reliance in FSM.
Australian Regional Development Scholarship recipients Bertha from the Federated States of Micronesia, Rendy from the Marshall Islands, and Joren from Palau are studying at the University of the South Pacific (credit: DFAT).
Details of the proposed expenditure for this program for 2013-14 can be found here.
A table of proposed expenditure for 2013-14 and actual expenditure for 2012-13 for DFAT's aid program can be found here.