Nauru and ADB

In the Spotlight

  • ADB Partners with Australia to Support Pacific Businesses

    The Government of Australia and ADB have established the Pacific Business Investment Facility, an advisory service for Pacific island businesses requiring commercial finance for growth, diversification, or consolidation of their businesses.

  • Pacific Energy Update 2015

    ADB’s program for Nauru includes a planned expansion of energy infrastructure activities, with priority given to improving the security and sustainability of energy supply. Download Pacific Energy Update 2015.

  • ADB, EU to Help Nauru Deliver Safe, Reliable Power

    A grant cofinanced by ADB and the European Union will support the delivery of reliable, sustainable electricity to the people of Nauru.

  • Our Work in the Pacific

    For almost half a century, ADB has been partnering with Pacific developing countries to help them grow and prosper. ADB has scaled up its assistance in the Pacific to more than $2 billion by the end of 2014 from about $500 million in 2004. The vast majority of this support goes into building infrastructure.


The economy of Nauru grew strongly in 2014, boosted by the reopening of Australia’s Regional Processing Centre for asylum seekers, and the liquidation of the Nauru Phosphate Royalties Trust. Despite these increases in revenue, Nauru faces many serious development challenges. The country has almost no private sector, little arable land, limited freshwater supply, and extremely high levels of debt. The government also has limited sources of internal revenue. Education outcomes are improving, but are still poor by international standards, and have contributed to high rates of youth unemployment. Meanwhile, Nauru’s levels of noncommunicable diseases such as diabetes and cancer, are among the highest in the world.

The country operations business plan, 2016-2018 continues the strategic direction of ADB in Nauru in the areas of public sector management, energy, and transport.

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Fast Facts

0.01(2014) Population in millions

1.8%(2009-2014) Average annual population growth rate

Download 2015 Basic Statistics