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Building back better

Representatives from UNDP, Samoa Hotel Association, respective Government Ministries and NZAID visited 20 tourist budget accommodation sites on the South coast of Upolu in Samoa to monitor the progress in the implementation of the Tourism Tsunami Rebuilding Programme (TTRP).  The main aim of t more

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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 the umbrella of the broader MDG Acceleration Programme, the SPSP is backed with financial support from AusAID more

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Home gardens going green

Home gardens in the tsunami-struck villages on the southeast coast of Samoa are going green. Women’s Committee members in tsunami-affected areas have received organic compost training as a part of the Tsunami Early Recovery Project working in conjunction with the United Nations Development Programme more

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Communities benefit from ICCRIFS project

The local communities’ enthusiastic commitment to climate change adaptation initiatives was remarkable to witness during the field visit to the nurseries installed through the ICCRIFS project. The fourteen villages involved (from the west, Laulii, Leusoalii, Luatuanuu, Solosolo, Eva, Salelesi, Fusi, more

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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.  He was only able to view from afar what a computer looked like from a picture book.  But thanks to funding from UNDP, the country’s first Mob more

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PACC+ improves water quality in Tokelau

Mikaele Maiava and his family has PACC+ to thank for the improvement of water quality on his island of Tokelau, a New Zealand territory consisting of three tiny atolls.  PACC+ – a multi-funded project is implemented by UNDP in partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment more

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PSSF helps establishment after 2009 Tsunami

Lydia Sini Toomalatai, co-owner and operator of the Litia Sini Beach Resort has the Private Sector Support Facility (PSSF) to thank for partially aiding her family owned operation. One of a handful of operators in Samoa to receive funding from this initiative, Lydia, like many small business operato more

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Salei’a community gearing up for inclusive and accountable successes

In the run-up to the New Year, the villagers of Salei’a, had more than the festive season to celebrate. With the support of the team from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)/Global Environment Fund (GEF) Community-Based Adaptation (CBA) project, women and men, young and old from the vill more

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Stepping out of poverty

A mother and son team from Saleaumua are actively attempting to step out of poverty, by applying local knowledge and entrepreneurial skills to improve their livelihoods.  Meaatoa Vaaiga and her son, Eugene, form part of the 26.9 percent of the Samoan population that lives under basic needs pove more

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UNDP funds office for SAME

SAME now has an office with which they will be in a better position to consult with local members and those who need information. Thanks to the technical assistance provided by UNDP, it will also enable the Samoa Association of Manufacturers and Exporters, to recruit a technical advisor and personne more

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