FSPI is the regional secretariat for a network of 10 independent community based organizations working in the Pacific to foster self-reliance and sustainable community development.
It is the largest, most experienced secular civil society organization network in the Pacific with network members in Timor-Leste, Fiji, Kiribati, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Tuvalu, and metropolitan partners in Australia and the United States.
FSPI was established in 1997 as the regional secretariat for the FSP network and was based in Port Vila, Vanuatu before relocating to Suva, Fiji Islands in 2002
As the regional secretariat FSPI is responsible for coordinating regional projects/programs, providing technical expertise and capacity building for its network partners. The Secretariat also plays an advocacy role for the network at regional and international level. The Common core competencies of the network partner include participatory community development, and capacity building, community governance, natural resource conservation and management, health, small enterprise development, conflict management and disaster preparedness/risk reduction
FSPI network members are national, indigenous NGOs who are amongst the most experienced in their respective countries. Each has a long history of linking the grass roots with government through strengthening civil society organisations and working with provincial authorities to strengthen their service delivery and accountability. For example FSP Kiribati is currently working to strengthen the capacity of local government ie island councils and encourage greater participation in the democratic process.
By emphasizing accountability, local ownership and use of local resources, FSPI projects in the Pacific region have often proved effective at relatively low cost.
FSPI’s mission is: ‘to serve with Pacific Island Communities through people centred programmes to foster self–reliance within a changing world.’
FSPI programs address the themes considered fundamental to achieving its mission statement. These are: