Democratic Governance

Samoa is an independent state however the Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau remain affiliated to New Zealand through historical colonial ties. Tokelau remains a Trust Territory of New Zealand after two referendums (2006 and 2007) defeated the proposed Treaty of Free Association with New Zealand.

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.

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E-Governance and e-government initiatives

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. Photo credit: UNDP Samoa MCO.

Our Stories

  • SPSP aims at engaging the women of Samoa more widely to increase numbers of women parliamentarians. Photo credit: UNDP Samoa MCO.

    SPSP help to engage the wider community

    Samoa’s national development priorities and the achievement of the Millenium Development Goals (MDG) benefit from the implementation of the Samoa Parliamentary Support Project (SPSP). Under themore

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  • Inside the mobile laboratory. Photo credit: Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture - Samoa.

    Mobile Computer Laboratory engages one young mind

    Faasegatulauniu Maiava, a ten year old with keen eyes, had never touched a computer keyboard before, let alone have the opportunity to go near one.  Hemore

Projects and Initiatives

Samoa Parliamentary Support Project

The SPSP is implemented under the umbrella of the MDGs Acceleration Programme, with financial support of the Government of Samoa and AUSAID. more

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. more

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