Cook Islands 2008 Social and Economic Report: Equity in Development

Publication | December 2008

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) coordinates the preparation of periodic assessments of economic and social conditions in its Pacific developing member countries (DMCs) as part of its Pacific Studies series.

The last update for the Cook Islands was prepared for 2001. This 2008 Social and Economic Report updates the series as part of a broader effort by ADB in partnership with Pacific DMCs to focus on the endemic constraints on improvements to public and private sector productivity in the region. This broader effort supports the in-country participatory formulation of policies and institutions that work in favor of poverty reduction, as well as the local formulation of strategies to win over any stakeholders that may not immediately accept reform.


  • Foreword
  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • The Economic Setting
  • The Disadvantaged of the Cook Islands
  • Delivery of Social Services
  • Private Sector Development
  • Managing the Public Sector for Results
  • Conclusion
  • Appendixes