Samoa MDGs Acceleration Initiative
In anticipation of Samoa’s transition from Least Developed Country (LDC) to Middle Income Country (MIC) status by January 2014, and the need to identify and cultivate new streams of national revenue collection and pathways towards achieving the MDGs, the project will draw together all existing and planned strategic iniatives supported by UNDP in the areas of pro-poor policy advisory services, trade policy development and implementation; and increasing Parliamentarians focus on MDGs achievement.
The project will foster the participation of relevant UN specialized agencies such as the ILO and ESCAP in order to bring the UN’s normative standards to bear on the various initiatives.
The full MDGs Acceleration Initiative will target macro policy levels whilst drawing on the positive lessons learned from existing projects and programmes at the community levels and global best practices, the latter being accessed from and through UNDP Regional Centres and Knowledge Networks, Solutions, Exchange, etc.
The overall objective is to avail the Government of Samoa with a full range of strategic and evidence—based policy options that have been successfully trialed worldwide that would enable the Government to direct its development resources where the greatest impact would be felt in reducing poverty and attaining a higher level of human development that is environmentally sustainable and resilient to the effects of climate change and natural disasters.