womenOne of the main outcomes of the SPSP is aimed at engaging the women of Samoa more widely so as to see an increase in women parliamentarians. Photo credit: UNDP Samoa MCO.

UNDP supports Samoa, Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau to strengthen their democratic governing institutions so they can promote and protect the rights of all citizens, ensure accountability and transparency at all levels of government, and foster more inclusive economic and social development. Ultimately all these efforts aim to support governments in the region to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

In the Cook Islands, assistance focuses on creating an enabling institutional environment that maximises the use of ICTs to increase public sector efficiencies and reduce barriers to accessing electronic information.

In Niue, initiatives include enhancing information management in public services, further developing e- learning to increase ICT access in rural areas and in the outer islands, and strengthening e-tourism to boost the country’s marketing strategy.

For Tokelau, an e-government project covering all telecommunications is linked to an overall good governance programme including drafting the constitution, strengthening the legal framework, training local authorities, and gender mainstreaming.

Highlights in Samoa include an innovative approach to powering computer systems in school buses using solar panels and wind energy. The mobile e-learning bus will also deliver essential teaching materials  and curriculum to teachers and students in isolated district schools. Greater use of computers and the internet is expected with greater visibility of the Samoan language in ICTs.