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Samoa

Overview of Australia’s aid program to Samoa

2013/14 Estimated Outcome: $38.3 million

2014/15 Budget Estimate: $37.6 million

Poverty and hardship are a fact of life for many Samoans. Almost 27 per cent of the population lives below the basic needs poverty line and struggles to meet the weekly costs of living. Non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and cancer are on the rise.

Australia's assistance is focused on three main sectors – economic and democratic governance, education and health.

Economic and democratic governance

Our program aims to improve economic stability and democratic governance:

  • by supporting economic reform and public financial management by linking aid payments to mutually agreed reform benchmarks
  • boosting private sector led economic growth through an economic infrastructure program
  • strengthening democratic institutions such as parliament and budget transparency
  • providing support directly to vulnerable groups through civil societyorganisations.

Economic and democratic governance assistance in Samoa

Education

Our support aims to improve education by supporting equitable access to and quality of education including disability services. Improving the quality of education will be a key focus of a new education program.

Education assistance in Samoa

Health

Our support will enable Samoa to provide better quality and more equitable health services to the people of Samoa. In particular, we will focus on supporting reduction of non-communicable diseases and workforce development in the health sector.

Health assistance in Samoa

Our results

  • Economic and governance reforms have included strengthening debt policy, procurement, and revenue collection, and introducing policies to provide a more effective tourism sector and to facilitate private sector participation in state-owned enterprises.
  • A range of health indicators have improved, including measles immunisation coverage increasing from 45 per cent in 2008 to 92 per cent in 2012, and infant mortality falling from 20.4 per 1,000 live births in 2006 to 15.6 per 1,000 live births in 2011.
  • Under the Samoa Inclusive Education Demonstration Program, 227 children with disabilities were able to access educational services in 2013.
  • One thousand teachers have been training in methods to deliver the new bilingual school curriculum.
  • Since 2008, 557 Samoans, including 200 women, have graduated from the Australian Pacific Technical College.

Related documents

Economic and democratic governance assistance in Samoa

Overview

Our program aims to improve economic stability and democratic governance by:

  • supporting economic reform and public financial management by linking aid payments to mutually agreed reform benchmarks
  • boosting private sector led economic growth through an economic infrastructure program
  • strengthening democratic institutions such as parliament and budget transparency
  • providing support directly to vulnerable groups through civil societyorganisations.

Samoa Public Sector Improvement Facility—Six-monthly progress report, July–December 2012

Related initiatives

Samoa Economic Infrastructure Program (SEIP)

$20 million, 2013-2017

The Samoa Economic Infrastructure Program aims to stimulate sustainable economic activity in Samoa and provide improved access to services and markets by investing in economic infrastructure. The program comprises three components: investments in priority economic infrastructure projects; infrastructure structural and policy reforms performance linked aid program; and a technical assistance fund. The program uses established and experienced infrastructure partners such as the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank to implement specific infrastructure investments.

Education assistance in Samoa

Overview

Education enables development and is crucial to helping people overcome poverty. Australia and its neighbours benefit from investments in education for human resource development, economic growth and stability across the region. In Samoa, our education programs aim to:

  • enhance the quality of education through improving curriculum, assessment procedures, learning materials and teaching practice, providing equitable access for students to trained teachers, facilities, furniture and equipment
  • increase employability of Samoan women and men, including those with a disability, through quality assured post-secondary training in areas of demand
  • increase access of boys and girls with disability to quality education.

Education Support Program II Aide Memoire 8th Joint Review Mission

Health assistance in Samoa

Overview

In Samoa we are using a sector-wide approach (SWAp) to support the Government of Samoa in implementing their Health Sector Plan. The or priority areas of the health SWAp support specific areas of the GoS HSP:

  • Health Promotion and Prevention which aims to support the transformation of the health sector towards a health and wellness model from a narrower medical orientation. Health promotion is at the centre of MOH’s effort to reorient the sector to a wellness focus.
  • Enhancement of Quality Health Care Service Delivery which aims to support improving the various dimensions of the quality of health care, particularly at the primary care level. It supports targeted technical assistance and staff training on clinical and administrative skills according to an annual strategic training plan.
  • Strengthening Policy, Monitoring and Regulatory Oversight of the Health System which aims to support the Ministry of Health with its role of coordination, policy development, monitoring and regulation in the health sector.

Samoa Health SWAp Independent Evaluation

Aide Memoire—Samoa Health Sector Management Programme (Health SWAp)

Last reviewed: 16 December, 2014