Ministry of Women hosts its first annual Review

Some of the stakeholders at the Ministry of Women community Development Sector Annual Review

By Faye Seiuli

APIA, SAMOA – THURSDAY 15 NOVEMBER 2018: The Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development (M.W.C.S.D) hosted its first community Development Sector Annual Review 2016-2021 on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.

This forum is an opportunity to review the work that the Community Development Sector and its Stakeholders have been doing in this current year plan and to reflect on its achievements and challenges to better inform the Community Development Sector’s planning and programme implementation in line with sector priorities to achieve its outcomes for way forward.

The review was attended by the Parliamentarians, Community Development Sector Stakeholders, Government Ministries and Agencies, Non-Government Organizations, Private sector, Community Based Organizations, and District Development Committees working in this year plan.

“Your valuable feedback will assist us to frame and modify our implementation strategies to be able to respond to the needs of our communities in an effective and efficient manner,” said the Minister of Women and Social Development, Faimalotoa Kika Iemaima Stowers.

The Minister of Women, Community and Social Development acknowledged the continuous support of their development partners including D.F.A.T – Australia (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade – Australia), U.N.D.P. (United Nations Development Programme), U.N.F.P.A. (United Nations Population Fund), UN Women (United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women), U.N.I.C.E.F. (United Nation International Children’s Emergency Fund) and I.L.O. (International Labour Organisation) in empowering local communities. She also acknowledged the efforts of their sector partners in ensuring inclusive development for the Samoan people, and their contribution towards the achievements as reported.

The Minister of Women and Social Development, Faimalotoa Kika Iemaima Stowers

The Community Development Sector Plan vision is “Communities Leading Inclusive Development for Quality of Life for ALL.”