CIVIL society organisations services to the poor, disadvantaged and underprivileged members of our society have been boosted with the establishment and opening of AusAID's Fiji Community Development Program (FCDP) Lautoka office yesterday.
Acting Australian High Commissioner Glenn Miles said the opening of the FCDP office was reflective of the Australian government's commitment to reducing poverty and improving the lives of the vulnerable and marginalised communities in Fiji.
"In the past non-government organisations and CSOs had to travel to Suva to lodge applications for funding but with the opening of the Lautoka office, organisations in the west will find things a bit easier," Mr Miles said.
He urged CSOs and NGOs in the Western Division to take advantage of the Lautoka office and utilise computers and equipment to conduct their business or make use of staff services to help in their funding applications.
Mr Miles said by 2014 the Australian government would be investing $100million annually to help improve access to basic services such as health and education as well as supporting innovative local initiatives to help build up the resilience of rural communities.