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2.5 Million Euro To Develop NGOS In Four Pacific Countries: Kiribati, The Solomon Islands, Tuvalu And Vanuatu

SUVA, Fiji Islands (July 10, 2002 - PINA Nius Online)---The European Community, United Kingdom Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) and regional groups have joined forces to build the capacity of Non-Governmental Organisations and Community-Based Organizations in the Pacific.

The four-year program will cost 2.5 million Euro (US$ 2,484,250), of which 75 percent will be funded by the Europeans. It will support activities in Kiribati, the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

The project meshes with the provisions of the Cotonou Agreement signed in June 2000 between the Africa, Caribbean, Pacific (ACP) group of countries and the European Union.

The pact, which sets guidelines for future European aid to the ACP group, introduces new rules allowing members of the civil society to have access to EU funds.

The new Kiribati- Solomon Islands-Tuvalu project is designed to boost those Pacific Islands countries' social networks.

One of the objectives is to develop and enhance the capacity of about 80 Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Community-Based Organizations (CBOs), a news release said.

This will be done through formal and informal training, small-scale capital and information technology support, sharing of good practices and regional networking, it said.

One of the key concepts is the recognition that in Pacific Islands communities NGOs play a key role in providing a variety of community and social welfare services, the news release said.

It is expected the existing network of NGOs in those countries will be boosted, the news release said.

This will strengthen NGO representation and participation at the grassroots level. It will also increase their support role, sustainability and effectiveness at the community level and provide a more ongoing relationship with their respective governments, it said.

Another facet is to boost NGOs capacity to identify, formulate and implement community projects in order to enhance transparency, accountability, and good governance.

The ultimate goal is to help alleviate poverty and improve the livelihoods of disadvantaged communities, the news release said.

The British VSO, which has been working in the Pacific for over 30 years, is the key implementing agency.

In Kiribati, the project will be implemented by the local Foundation of the South Pacific, Kiribati (FSPK).

In Tuvalu, the implementing partner will be the Tuvalu Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (TANGO).

In Vanuatu, it will be the local branch of the Foundation of the South Pacific (FSPV).

Activities in the Solomon Islands will largely depend on the evolution of the social situation there, the news release said.

Pacific Islands News Association (PINA)
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