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Australia launches new programme

By NAISA KOROI Seventy thousand poor, disadvantaged and vulnerable communities in Fiji will benefit from AusAID’s new flagship civil society programme, the Fiji Community Development Programme (FCDP), which was officially
13 Oct 2012 08:05

By NAISA KOROI

Seventy thousand poor, disadvantaged and vulnerable communities in Fiji will benefit from AusAID’s new flagship civil society programme, the Fiji Community Development Programme (FCDP), which was officially launched in Suva yesterday.
The programme began operating in Fiji in June 2012. It will fund community development in Fiji through civil society organisations over the next five years.
Succeeding Australia’s previous support to civil society through the Australian Civil Society Support Programme (ACSSP), this programme will fund society groups to provide services to mitigate social and economic hardship faced by poor, disadvantaged and marginalised communities in Fiji.
“The Australian government is confident that by expanding our support to society groups in Fiji, 70,000 people throughout Fiji will benefit from quality community development services,” John Davidson, AusAID’s Minister Counsellor (Pacific) said at the launch.
“The immediate and urgent needs of communities particularly the poor, vulnerable and excluded will be addressed through the programme, and at least 70 civil groups working in communities throughout Fiji will be measurably stronger in systems, reach and performance.”
Australia will provide approximately $10 million in grants to civil groups and a further $1m will be allocated to develop and enhance the capacity of civil societies in Fiji over the same period.
Programme team leader Michael Brownjohn said the programme intends to support the delivery of services by civil groups to provinces in Fiji.
“To assist the broadest possible engagement with CSO partners, AusAID’s FCDP is establishing office locations in Raiwaqa, Lautoka and Labasa and our staff will be permanently located in each of these areas,” Mr Brownjohn said.
In doing this, he said they would be able to extend vital community services to urban settlements, rural and remote Fiji.
Aiming to assist more than 70 civil societies over the next three years, the programme will provide capacity building support to strengthen and develop more robust CSOs.
Grants will be expected to increase incomes, reduce vulnerability and increase resilience for poor and disadvantaged communities across Fiji.




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