Client name: Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 

Project name: Fiji Program Support Facility

Duration: 2017 - ongoing

Location: Fiji

Situation

The Australian Government is committed to supporting Fiji. It works in close partnership with the Fijian Government and key stakeholders to deliver its aid program to support inclusive economic growth and reduce poverty.

Australia provides, on average, A$35 million per year in bilateral development assistance to a number of sectors, including health, education and private sector development.

Solution

To increase the efficiency, effectiveness and coherence of Australia’s aid program, in 2017 the Fiji Program Support Facility (FPSF) was established to administer the education, health and scholarship programs in Fiji (and scholarships in Tuvalu). These programs represent one-third of Australia’s annual bilateral aid to Fiji, amounting to A$66 million over five years (2017-2021).

The Facility, managed by Coffey on behalf of the Australian Government, also supports the integration of crosscutting themes into programs, such as gender equality, civil society engagement, disability inclusiveness, child protection, and disaster risk reduction.

Key sectors supported by Australia and administered by the Facility:

Health: Working in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services to help strengthen public health service delivery and health systems through supporting workforce development, policy and planning, IT systems, procurement processes and management capacity.

Education: Helping to improve education opportunities in Fiji by supporting the Ministry of Education’s strategic priorities of literacy and numeracy, inclusive education, school leadership/management and professional development.

Australia Awards: Providing scholarships through the Australia Awards program in priority sectors identified by the Fiji and Tuvalu Governments and the private sector.

Civil Society Support: Delivery of Australia’s commitments under the Australia-Fiji Civil Society Engagement Strategy, to provide grant support and capacity building activities with civil society organisations (CSO) in Fiji.

Emergency preparedness and response: Setting aside contingency funds to support emergency preparedness and disaster response activities, upon request by the Fiji Government.

Governance: Providing technical assistance to enhance economic and public sector governance and service delivery, upon request by the Fiji Government.

Results

Over its lifespan the Facility will support other programs in Fiji and Tuvalu and support the integration of cross cutting issues of gender equity and social inclusion, disability inclusiveness, climate changes, child protection and environment in all Facility activities in Fiji and Tuvalu.