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Stepping-up in the Federated States of Micronesia

Australia enjoys a close and friendly relationship with the Federated States of Micronesia. Australia established diplomatic relations with the Federated States of Micronesia in July 1987 and the Australian Embassy in Pohnpei was opened in November 1989. Australia's bilateral aid program in the Federated States of Micronesia focuses on basic education and improving social and economic opportunities for women and girls.

Improving Quality Basic Education Project

Beginning in 2017 and co-financed with the Government of the Federated States of Micronesia and the Asian Development Bank, the Improving Quality Basic Education Project will improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the Federated States of Micronesia's education systems to strengthen early grade learning in all schools.

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The Australian Embassy's Second Secretary and Consul visiting 7th graders at Kolonia Elementary School in March 2019. Photo: DFAT

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Gender equality and women's empowerment

The Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development program was launched by the Australian Government in 2012. It is a 10 year, $320 million program, which aims to improve the political, economic and social opportunities of Pacific women, including in the Federated States of Micronesia. The Federated States of Micronesia country plan aims to foster economic empowerment of women, increase the participation of women in public life and decision making, and reduce the incidence of gender based violence.

Australia also supports initiatives to improve opportunities for women in the Federated States of Micronesia at the local level through the Direct Aid Program, which is a flexible, small grants scheme for development activities.

Photo of Pohnpei State Governor Reed Oliver and Women’s Interest Officer Ms Lululeen Santos, listening to a speech by Chargé d’Affaires Vy Duong.
Pohnpei State Governor Reed Oliver and Women’s Interest Officer Ms Lululeen Santos, receiving Australian funding presented by Chargé d’Affaires Vy Duong for Pohnpei State’s first free 24 hours domestic violence hotline, July 2020. Photo: DFAT.

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