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Protecting the rights of victims of crime

  • Amount funded: £7,500
  • Year: 2022
  • Duration: 12 months
  • Locations: Samoa
  • Grant stream: Capacity strengthening grants

Additional governance and staffing capacity would give Samoa Victim Support (SVSG) greater direction and further improve their vital work representing victims of crime.

Project partners
Samoa Victim Support Group
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How we are helping

We are supporting SVSG to strengthen its governance and train staff on core processes.

About the project

The Foundation’s capacity strengthening grants stream supports smaller Commonwealth civil society organisations in smaller Member States, building their expertise and enhancing their capacity to influence policy.

SVSG has developed a reputation for effectively using limited resources to assist victims of crime. Unfortunately, resource pressures mean staff have few opportunities for training and development. The board are dedicated volunteers who sometimes lack the time to fully engage with SVSG’s work or review important documents. We are working with SVSG to strengthen governance and provide development opportunities for staff.

The key actions for this project are:

  • Staff training on important processes:
    • proposal writing
    • financial management
    • policy review
  • Hiring consultants to review and assess strategic documents
  • Delivering workshops for the board to engage with capacity strengthening processes

As a result of the project, board members will have an improved understanding of SVSG’s operation. Staff and board members will complete core processes more effectively.

Project Partners
Samoa Victim Support Group

Samoa Victim Support Group (SVSG) provides care, support and assistance to survivors of crime. Originally founded to serve victims of sexual violence, the organisation now works with victims of many crimes including domestic violence and harassment.

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