Poverty Reduction

Pacific Island countries face common challenges resulting from their small size, geographic isolation and natural disaster vulnerability. The sub-region is experiencing high levels of poverty and slow economic growth and is in danger of missing critical Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) targets. While there are many common challenges, they differ in degree between countries. Sustainable and equitable economic growth is also dependent on significant governance improvements, but increasing concerns over alleged abuse of power and corruption are contributing to instability and failure to uphold human rights.

Our Goals

The UNDP Fiji Multi-Country Office will support country-led development efforts by focusing on increased coordination among UNDP Pacific offices and strengthening linkages between country-level and sub-regional initiatives. Working with the 10 Pacific Island countries to maintain and build on progress towards the MDGs – focusing particularly on those less likely to be realized – while accelerating action to meet other internationally agreed development goals. UNDP will support capacity development for the implementation of inclusive growth policies and strategies that contribute to the attainment of the MDGs and that specifically target women and youth. more

The MDGs and Media

Participants from the Government of Tonga and the media were reminded that if Tonga was to achieve the MDG targets, there must be increased collaboration between the Government and civil society organizations, youth, churches and the community. Photo: Sheryl Ho/UNDP.more

Our Stories

  • Frauline Limen took advantage of the Nauru Entrepreneurship Development Project to improve her livelihoods. Photo Credit: UNDP/Patrick Tuimaleali'ifano.

    New jobs bring hope to the people of Nauru

    More than 260 Nauruans have been able to increase their income and improve the livelihoods of their families after knocking on the doors of the Enterprisemore

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Projects and Initiatives

Tuvalu Trade Capacity Development and Institutional Strengthening

The main objective of the Tuvalu EIR Tier 1 project is to strengthen the capacity of institutions and stakeholders to formulate and implement trade policies that support poverty reduction, inclusive economic growth and equitable sustainable development. more

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