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Development assistance in the Federated States of Micronesia

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Australia's development assistance to the Federated States of Micronesia

2022-23 bilateral allocation [budget estimate] for North Pacific

$3.6 million

2022-23 total Australian ODA [budget estimate] for North Pacific

$7.1 million

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

2020-21 total Australian ODA [budget actual] to North Pacific

$16.7 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) and the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), following the Republic of Palau’s graduation from Official Development Assistance (ODA) on 1 January 2022.

Australia's regional programs complement its bilateral programs across the Pacific. Our regional programs include those that assist the FSM manage its 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 FSM 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 six years to 2023). Australia has also deployed three 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 FSM. Our activities, working closely with FSM partners, aim 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. Australia also supports initiatives to improve opportunities for women at the local level through flexible, small grants.

Our results

Australia's aid program has:

  • assisted 62 women and 40 men (102 total) gain tertiary qualifications linked to national development priorities since 2012;
  • educated 8,500 children in 50 schools and communities in FSM (and RMI) 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

Between 2012 and 2016, and in partnership with the International Organization 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 have adopted a six-year, system-wide approach to improving early grade learning in all schools.

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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