Under this agreement, the EU will provide financial support to the civil society organisations to strengthen their engagement with the Government of Samoa in Strategic planning, implementation and oversight functions. The support will in parallel complement the main European Union Sector Budget Support Programme in Water and Sanitation, by building civil society, community based organisations and village water communities capacities so that they can be more effective in managing their water resources, especially during periods of disrupted supply drought and flooding, and improve water quality through the implementation of water safety plans.
Further support is also envisaged in supporting civil society's role in enhancing greater respect for human rights in particular women's rights with a specific focus on reducing violence and discrimination against women.
"The EU is proud to support Phase II of Samoa's civil society programme. This programme will further contribute to increase capacity of the civil society organisations, thematic networks and CSOs to constructively engage with the Government of Samoa in the areas of policy dialogue, good governance and accountability. The EU is glad that phase II support will also improve the water quality through community involvement in the development and implementation of 34 water safety plans and importantly the promotion of gender equality.'' said the EU Deputy Head of Delegation Mr. Corrado Pampaloni.
The current support is a build up from the previous EU Civil society support Programme (CSSP) under the 10th EDF.
“The CSSP will continue to be the modality to deliver services effectively to communities for the focal sector, water and sanitation as well as address cross cutting issues such as gender” says the National Authorising Officer, the Hon Prime Minister of Samoa.
The actions are fully in line with the priorities set out in the EU Gender Action Plan 2016-2020. This programme is also relevant for Agenda 2030. It contributes primarily to the progressive achievement of Sustainable Development Goal target 5, achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls, but also promotes progress towards target 6, ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.