Through Pacific Women, the Australian Government will spend approximately $9.3 million over 10 years (2012–2022) on initiatives supporting women’s empowerment in Samoa. More information on the partnership and nature of support is included in the Pacific Women Samoa Country Plan Summary. Details on activities currently underway in-country with various partners is available via our interactive map. The list of program partners can be found here. Samoa is also supported by Pacific Women’s regional program, details of which can be viewed on the interactive map under regional activities.

Stories of Change

Small grants to achieve big results

Noticing a high number of children street vendors, the Pacific Women-funded Samoan Women Shaping Development program investigated. They discovered the underlying causes leading to children vending were poverty, unemployment of parents, and a lack of income to support large families and responded with a project that is helping six families to increase incomes and return children vendors to school.


Addressing drug and alcohol use as key contributors to violence against women

Recognizing that alcohol and drug use contributes to violence, Samoan Women Shaping Samoan Development (SWSDP) is funding a case management officer at the pilot Alcohol and Drugs Court. By partnering on this new court initiative with the Ministry of Justice, Courts and Administration, the Australian aid program’s Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development initiative is helping to reduce incidences of substance abuse and violence against women.


Expanding Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Services

The Samoa Family Health Association (SFHA) is Samoa’s leading provider of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) services. With support from IPPF, SFHA provided services to more than 10 percent of Samoa’s population in 2015.


Samoan Women Shaping Development

The Pacific Women-funded Samoan Women Shaping Development program is implemented by the Samoan Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development with civil society, government and private sector partners. The program’s approach to improving gender equality in Samoa is holistic and grounded in respect for Samoan culture.