New Zealand’s development support for Samoa for 2011/12 will total approximately NZ$23m, made up of the NZ$17m bilateral allocation plus approximately NZ$6m delivered to Samoa via New Zealand's support for regional initiatives such as Volunteer Services Abroad and the work of Business Mentoring New Zealand.
New Zealand's development programme aims to help Samoa achieve the targets in its Strategy for the Development of Samoa 2008-2012
The New Zealand and Samoa governments have recently signed the Joint Commitment for Development (PDF 411KB) which establishes a shared vision for achieving long-term outcomes.
New Zealand is developing a major new programme of support to Samoa's tourism industry, which has strong potential for broad-based for growth. The aim is to increase revenue and employment through:
This builds on New Zealand's significant support to help the tourism industry recover following the 2009 Tsunami.
Sustainable economic development is being encouraged in Samoa through support for several programmes and organisations. These include the Pacific Business Mentors programme, the Private Sector Support Facility(PDF 440kb), Small Business Enterprise Centre, and Women in Business Development Incorporated.
These programmes aim to help the private sector to develop, increases expertise, and realise local and international business opportunities.
New Zealand is exploring how it can best help Samoa reduce its reliance on fossil fuels for electricity generation, through biofuels or other means, to increase energy security and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Improving agricultural incomes is also an aim of New Zealand's planned support.
New Zealand works with the Samoa and Australia, the World Bank and United Nations to support the Samoan Ministry of Health and the National Health Service to provide quality health care. This support focuses on:
The Counties Manukau District Health Board is also funded to provide life-saving medical treatment in New Zealand and in Samoa through the Medical Treatment and Visiting Medical Specialists schemes.
The Education Sector programme, co-funded by New Zealand, Samoa, Australia and the Asian Development Bank, focuses on improving access to quality education in Samoa through:
To ensure that all children have access to education even in times of hardship, New Zealand and Australia are contributing to a school grants programme, removing the need for schools to charge fees and increasing access to education especially among families most in need of help.
New Zealand supports a significant programme of tertiary scholarships and training to address skills shortages in Samoa. Awards are linked to Samoa's human resouce development priorities.
New Zealand's support includes 45 new awards for study in New Zealand each year, plus a small number of awards in Samoan and the region. Study awards are designed to deliver critical needs in fields such as:
A strong vocational element is delivered through the targeting of tertiary scholarships and providing on-the-job training opportunities.
New Zealand and Australia support Samoa's Public Sector Improvement Facility which aims to improve public sector administration and enhance service delivery to communities. Examples include strengthening of the statistics, tax, and water supply systems.
In the September 2009 Pacific tsunami,143 people lost their lives in Samoa and thousands of people were made homeless. In total New Zealand contributed NZ$12m, made up of NZ$2m for emergency relief, AU$5m jointly with Australia towards the Post-Tsunami Recovery Plan, and NZ$4m in targeted assistance for the rebuilding of Samoa's tourism industry.
Samoa has made strong progress in rebuilding the structures and srevices destroyed by the waves, including housing, water, power, roads and communications. Central to the reconstruction was the concept of 'building back better', so that new structures will better withstand future natural disasters and meet building standards.