Responding to the Youth Crisis

Publication | December 2008

The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) is a relatively new nation, with half of its population under the age of 18 years. Responding to the Youth Crisis tells the story of how the RMI government, with assistance from ADB, set out to strengthen domestic capacity to improve services for youth in the Marshalls. The case highlights the importance of participatory processes and describes how an innovative approach to outsourcing youth welfare services to civil service providers was introduced. It also underscores some of the challenges of sustaining reforms with weak institutions and leadership.


  • Foreword
  • Marshall Islands Facts
  • Background
  • The Case: Assessing and Addressing the Crisis
  • Results and Remaining Challenges
  • Reflections: What Have We Learned?