During CSSP Phase I, the Australian Government has supported civil society in Samoa through a variety of mechanisms including the Samoa Civil Society Support Programme (CSSP) Phase I from 2010-2015. This program operated through a joint agreement between the Australian Government, the European Union (EU) and the Government of Samoa (GoS). Through its funding to CSSP, Australia has contributed to its three strategic priorities in Samoa which are: (i) enable economic growth (through increased livelihoods for women and marginalised groups); (ii) progress health and education outcomes (through increasing services to people and communities) and (iii) contribute to strengthening governance (through capacity building of civil society sector). The overall objective of CSSP I was: “to improve the social and economic wellbeing of the people of Samoa by empowering NGOs and CBOs at local and national levels to contribute effectively to socio-economic development”.
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In June 2016, CSSP I came to an end, with its focus primarily on distributing grants for service delivery and other one-off ‘tangible” project initiatives by NGOs and CBOs. It also included capacity building for civil society to enable them to better contribute to policy development and governance in Samoa. A second phase of CSSP, CSSP II will shift from being funded entirely by two development partners to a mechanism which is funded and supported by the Government of Samoa and development partners and governed by a steering committee that includes Government of Samoa, civil society representatives and development partners.
CSSP II will build upon the lessons learnt from Phase I with adjustments to implementation, resourcing and management arrangements.
Source: CSSP Phase II 2016-2020, Samoa – Design Document