Our aid programme in Samoa is about boosting productivity through developing tourism and renewable energy, and improving health and education.

Total aid to Samoa is made up of programme funding for activities specific to Samoa, as well as other funding which can include scholarships, regional initiatives, activities supported through the Partnerships Fund, and humanitarian response.

Shared vision

New Zealand and Samoa have signed a Joint Commitment for Development. This sets out the shared vision of our two governments, the priority areas we're focused on, each countries' responsibilities, and the funding New Zealand will provide.

Read the Joint Commitment for Development [PDF, 411 KB]

What we're supporting

We're working closely with the Samoan Government and local agencies on several aid activities.

Find out more about our aid activities by country.

Recent achievements

Priority  Achievement

Energy
Expand access to affordable, reliable and clean energy 

Installed three solar photovoltaic systems, including the largest solar array in the Southern Pacific, at the Faleata Racecourse in Apia. This will meet approximately 4.5% of Samoa’s total electricity needs, reducing demand for imported diesel by more than a million litres per year, with annual savings of about WST$3.4 million (NZ$1.7 million).
Tourism 
Increase economic benefits from tourism
Increased visitor numbers by 5% and tourism revenue as a share of GDP by 7% between 2013 and 2014, through supporting tourism development.

Private sector
Strengthen economic governance

Invested in small businessess to lift their performance and sustainability through support to the Small Business Enterprise Centre (SBEC). Every tala of capital spending that the SBEC facilitated has returned WST$2.30 for the Samoan economy.

Health
Improve the health of people in the Pacific

Contributed to a 13.2% reduction in smoking among adults aged 25-64 between 2002 (40.3%) and 2013 (27.1%) through support to health promotion and smoking cessation under the Health Sector Programme.

Evaluation and research reports

Evaluation of the Samoa Institutional Linkage Programme

  

Figures showing Total Aid for Samoa from 2018-2021