We're supporting Solomon Islands to reach sustainable economic growth, improve the quality of their education and make communities safer.

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

Shared vision

New Zealand and Solomon Islands 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.

What we're supporting

We're working closely with the Solomon Islands Government and local agencies on several aid activities.

Priority Activities and Outcomes

Economic governance 

Strengthen economic governance

New Zealand is committed to supporting stronger economic governance in Solomon Islands. Our support includes: participation in the Core Economic Working Group, provision of an Accountant General to the Solomon Islands Ministry of Finance and Treasury (MoFT), and advisory support to the Solomon Islands Inland Revenue Division (SIIRD).

Education

Improve knowledge, skills and basic education

Education is a key enabler to economic growth and stability and is a cornerstone programme of New Zealand’s development assistance to Solomon Islands. Our support to the education sector seeks to improve knowledge, skills and basic education through integrated support to the Solomon Islands Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development (MEHRD) to achieve improved literacy learning outcomes and improved management and leadership of schools by Provincial Education Authorities (PEAs). 

New Zealand also provides tertiary scholarships and vocational training opportunities to Solomon Islands students in sectors that support economic growth. https://www.mfat.govt.nz/en/aid-and-development/scholarships/ 

Law and Justice

Strengthen law and justice systems

New Zealand is committed to improving community safety by strengthening the capability of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF), and improving public confidence in the police. Our support builds on the success of the Regional Assistance Mission Solomon Islands (RAMSI) which concluded in June 2017.

The strengthening Solomon Islands Police Support Programme is implemented through the New Zealand Police with eight officers working in country to assist RSIPF implement their national Crime Prevention Strategy.   

Youth Engagement

Support youth engagement

To help foster stronger community cohesion and sense of belonging amongst urban youth, New Zealand development assistance is supporting the redevelopment of Honiara’s Multi-purpose Hall.  This support will establish the multi-purpose hall as a youth hub providing a centre for sport, educational and youth services.

Trade

Increase participation in labour mobility schemes
Solomon Islands participate in regional labour mobility schemes with New Zealand and Australia and have ambition to grow participation rates regionally and globally. New Zealand development assistance includes advisory support to the Solomon Islands labour mobility unit to help develop their strategic vision for labour mobility and regional support through the Recognised Seasonal Employers scheme (RSE).

Fisheries

Increase economic and food security benefits from sustainable fisheries and aquaculture 
Fisheries resources are a key source of economic, environmental, cultural, and social well-being in the Solomon Islands. New Zealand is committed to helping the Solomon Islands sustainably develop and manage its fisheries resource with a focus on increasing government revenue from off-shore fisheries, improving profits from inshore fisheries and aquaculture, and increasing income and employment from all fisheries.  

Tourism/ Aviation

Increase economic benefits from tourism
New Zealand is the lead donor in sup­porting critical avi­ation infrastructure projects and aviation reform to unlock Solomon Islands' tourism potential and create conditions for economic growth.  New Zealand is also supporting tourism operators in Western Province to optimise economic benefits from increased access of tourists direct to Munda airfield.

Renewable Energy

Expand access to affordable, reliable and clean energy
New Zealand supports Solomon Islands’ aspirations for increased economic and societal benefits from the use of renewable energy through greater access to affordable, reliable, and clean energy. New Zealand has recently partnered with Solomons Power to implement a mini hybrid energy project in four provinces.

Find out more about our aid activities by country.

Evaluation and research reports

Evaluation of the School of Education (Solomon Islands College of Higher Education) and the University of Waikato Partnership 

 

Figures showing Total Aid for the Solomon Islands from 2018-2021