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Aust aid on target

Talebula Kate
Friday, June 26, 2015

AUSTRALIA High Commission's counsellor for development co-operation, Joanne Choe launched a publication on the achievements of the Fiji Community Development Program (FCDP).

The publication was launched at the Civil Society Forum at the Novotel Convention Centre in Lami yesterday.

A statement by the commission stated the publication titled FCDP Achievements in the Last Three Years illustrates FCDP's significant accomplishment in surpassing its projected targets since the program was launched.

"As the Australian Government's program for civil society support in Fiji, it's encouraging to see FCDP meet and surpass its targets. This achievement directly reflects the hard work, dedication and results achieved by our CSO partners," Ms Choe said.

"This CSO Forum is an opportunity for the Australian Government to share what we've learned and hear directly from stakeholders on how to improve our civil society engagement going forward," she said.

FCDP program officer Ilisapeci Rokotunidau said the achievements presented yesterday would not have been possible without partnerships.

"The program has engaged with civil society organizations, Australian-funded development programs, and relevant Government agencies and most importantly with communities," Ms Rokotunidau said.

Since 2012, FCDP has successfully supported 65 civil society organisations, reaching 113,000 beneficiaries (51 per cent female, 88 per cent in rural areas) in 540 communities and 208 schools.

Through its project offices in Suva, Lautoka and Labasa, FCDP has delivered 84 grants to civil society organisations, supporting four key areas:

* livelihoods and food security;

* health (including water, sanitation and hygiene);

* environment, climate change and disaster response; and

* community development planning.

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