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Solomon Islands is a sprawling country comprising six large islands, dozens of smaller islands, and hundreds of islets and atolls. More than 80% of the population of 553,000 is rural and lives in widely dispersed villages of several hundred people. These factors, along with a narrow economic base, make the provision of public services challenging.

ADB’s strategic focus on infrastructure development - including transport and ICT - private sector development, public sector management, and renewable energy, remains relevant in the context of development challenges, government priorities, and the support provided by other development partners.

Fast Facts

0.57 (2013)
Population in millions

2.3% (2008-2013)
Average annual population growth rate

22.7% (2006)
Population living below the national poverty line

ADB Lending

Amount ($M) / %
Sector (No. of loans)
20.22 / 22.51
Agriculture (4)
8.91 / 9.92
Energy (2)
4.00 / 4.45
Finance (2)
26.00 / 28.95
Public Sector (2)
18.53 / 20.63
Transport and ICT (4)
1.65 / 1.84
Water Supply (1)
10.50 / 11.69
Multisector (2)
89.81 / 100.00
TOTAL (17)
Cumulative as of 31 December 2013