In Kiribati our focus is economic development through improving fisheries infrastructure and upgrades in the transport and energy sectors. We also work to improve the health of i-Kiribati.

 

Total aid to Kiribati is made up of programme funding for activities specific to Kiribati, as well as other funding which can include scholarships, regional initiatives, activities supported through the Partnerships Fund, and humanitarian response.

 Graphic showing total aid for Kiribati 2016-17

 

 

Shared vision

New Zealand and Kiribati have signed a Joint Commitment for Development. This sets out the shared vision of our two governments, the priority areas we're focused on, each countries' responsibilities, and the funding New Zealand will provide.

Read the Joint Commitment for Development [PDF, 979 KB] 

What we're supporting

 We're working closely with the Kiribati government and local agencies on several aid activities.

Priority Activities and outcomes

Fisheries
Increase economic and food security benefits from sustainable fisheries and aquaculture

Increasing revenue, incomes and employment from sustainable fisheries through providing expertise in fisheries management and funding to trial new fishing vessels and methods.

Trade and labour mobility
Increase economic benefits from trade and a more mobile workforce 

Upgrading the safety of Kiribati's international airports including a new emergency services building, improved navigation aids and communications equipment, and fire trucks for both Cassidy and Bonriki Airports. New Zealand will invest up to NZ$6.25m in these projects.

Energy
Expand access to affordable, reliable and clean energy

Upgrading the energy infrastructure on Kiritimati Island in eastern Kiribati in partnership with the EU. This will ensure access to a reliable efficient and sustainable electricity supply.

Economic governance
Strengthen economic governance 

Improving economic performance through better management of public assets and increasing customs and fisheries revenue. New Zealand will provide financial and technical support to the Kiribati Government’s Economic Reform Plan.

Health
Improve the health of people in the Pacific

Increasing and improving housing to ease overcrowding and better suit local needs. Sixty-two high density housing units are being built in an overcrowded area of South Tarawa.

Find out more about our aid activities by country.

Recent achievements

Priority  Achievement

Fisheries
Increase economic and food security benefits from sustainable fisheries and aquaculture

Constructed new buildings at the Marine Training Centre (MTC) that trains i-Kiribati men and women to work as merchant seafarers and fishermen. The number of fisheries jobs and fisheries revenue increased through the improved capacity at the MTC.

Health
Improve the health of people in the Pacific

Improved sexual and reproductive health in South Tarawa through the Healthy Families initiative.

Developed a Kiribati Population Policy covering 2014-2034 that focuses on slowing population growth and preventing disease. 

Improved the way rubbish is collected and landfills managed which has resulted in a healthier physical environment in South Tarawa

Trade and labour mobility
Increase economic benefits from trade and a more mobile workforce 

Rehabilitated Cassidy Airport runway in 2012 to enable connections into and out of Kiritimati, facilitating tourism, commerce and industry. Airport upgrades are ongoing.

Evaluation and research reports

Evaluation of New Zealand support for the Marine Training Centre, Kiribati [PDF, 754 KB]