Samoa is an island nation with a total area of 2,820 square km and a population of 180,741. Its size, remoteness from major global markets and vulnerability to natural disasters and the impacts of climate change are major constraints to its development.

The fa'a Samoa, or traditional Samoan way, remains a strong force in Samoan life and politics. Despite centuries of European influence, Samoa maintains its historical customs, social and political systems, and language.

Samoa’s small economy is dependent on tourism, agriculture, fisheries, remittances and external development assistance. Economic growth is driven by commerce, transport and communications and construction sectors which are both supported by tourism; with the major exports being fresh fish, coconut oil, coconut cream and nonu juice. The main imports are food items, petroleum and manufactured goods.

A volunteer water engineer from EWBNZ spent nine months in Samoa with the Independent Water Schemes Association. The goal was to assist with the development of water schemes and their ability to sustainably provide clean, safe and affordable water to communities.