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Development assistance in the Federated States of Micronesia

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Australia's aid program to the Federated States of Micronesia

2021-22 bilateral allocation [budget estimate] for North Pacific
$5.0 million
2021-22 total Australian ODA [budget estimate] for North Pacific
$11.1 million
2019-20 total Australian ODA [budget estimate] to North Pacific
$8.4 million

Australia's aid program in the North Pacific is focused on the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), the Republic of Palau and the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI). The Australian Government will provide an estimated $8.4 million in total Official Development Assistance (ODA) to the North Pacific in 2019-20. This will include an estimated $5.0 million in bilateral funding to the North Pacific.

Australia's regional programs complement its bilateral programs across the Pacific. Our regional programs include those that assist the Federated States of Micronesia manage their fishery (through the Forum Fisheries Agency), mitigate the impacts of severe climate, tidal and oceanographic events, (through the Climate and Oceans Support Program in the Pacific), and strengthen governance and accountability (through the Pacific Islands Centre for Public Administration, the Pacific Financial Technical Assistance Centre and the Pacific Regional Audit Initiative).

Australia's bilateral aid program in the Federated States of Micronesia supports the following strategic objectives:

Objective 1: Improving the quality of basic education

Australia, along with the Government of FSM and the Asian Development Bank, is co-financing the Improving Quality Basic Education Project to help improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the national and state education systems, and drive gains in early grade learning (Australia's contribution is valued at $2.4 million over the six years to 2023). Australia has also deployed two education specialists to assist the Department of Education to coordinate effective implement of the project.

Objective 2: Achieving gender equality and enhancing women's empowerment

Australia is working to address gender equality in the Federated States of Micronesia by funding priority activities under the Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development Federated States of Micronesia Country Plan. This is part of the Australian Government's Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development initiative that commits $320 million over 10 years to improve political, economic and social opportunities of Pacific women. The FSM country plan aims to foster economic empowerment of women, increase the participation of women in public life and decision making, and reduce the incidence of gender based violence.

Our results

Australia's aid program has:

  • assisted 26 women and men gain tertiary qualifications linked to national development priorities since 2012 – a further 25 are continuing their studies in Australian or regional universities (with 8 more joining them in 2018);
  • educated 8,500 children in 50 schools and communities in the Federated States of Micronesia (and the Republic of the Marshall Islands) about climate change mitigation and disaster risk management (2012-2016); and
  • helped update and implement FSM's Environmental Protection Act through specialist volunteer placements.

Our changing program

From 2017, we will expand our engagement in the education sector. Between 2012 and 2016, and in partnership with the International Organisation for Migration and 50 school communities, we delivered the Climate Adaptation, Disaster Risk Reduction and Education Program (CADRE). From late 2017, by investing in the Improving Quality Basic Education Project, and deploying two education advisers to facilitate its implementation, we will adopt a six-year, system-wide approach to improving early grade learning in all schools.

Our aid program in the Federated States of Micronesia reflects the principles and values of Australia's Foreign Policy White Paper and aid policy Australian aid: promoting prosperity, reducing poverty, enhancing stability, and aligns with the Government of Federated States of Micronesia's development priorities.

Placing a high value on results, we will work with trusted partners to ensure development resources are effectively managed. We will also seek to mainstream climate action and disaster resilience, effectively address gender issues, and ensure people with disabilities participate in, and benefit from, our aid program.

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