Through Pacific Women, the Australian Government will spend $9.3 million over 10 years (2012–2022) on initiatives supporting women’s empowerment in Samoa.
Country plans are the mechanism through which Pacific Women outcomes and activities are planned and agreed between DFAT and counterpart governments, following extensive national consultations. They provide detail on what will be funded and how these funding decisions are made. The Country Plan for Samoa includes activities valued at approximately $4.4 million and will be implemented from 2015–2020.
The Samoa Country Plan was developed following a scoping mission informed by consultations with a broad range of stakeholders. These included village communities, civil society and nongovernmental organisations, private sector, media, government agencies, the judiciary, cabinet ministers, the Prime Minister, DFAT staff and other development partners. Discussions were also conducted with rural and urban women, men, young people, women with disabilities, eminent Samoan leaders and church representatives in Apia and Savaii (representing stakeholders from across rural areas). Discussions sought information about barriers and opportunities for gender equality, the drivers of change in the Samoan context, and where Australia is best positioned to provide support.
A review of the Samoa Country Plan was conducted in November 2017 to inform the development of future activities to be implemented by the program.
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- Date Published: January 14, 2019