Nauru and ADB
In the Spotlight
The proposed Urban Development Project will improve access to safe and affordable housing and urban services in Nauru.
The Green Climate Fund (GCF) has approved funding to support a proposed ADB program that will assist seven Pacific island countries to transition to a renewable energy future.
ADB in partnership with the Pacific Financial Technical Assistance Centre (PFTAC) is helping Pacific governments better manage their public financial systems. Some of the key activities to be funded by the ADB assistance include establishing broader-based and more efficient revenue systems.
Nauru is the world’s smallest island nation, located significant distances from international markets.
In recent years, the economy has benefited from the presence of a regional processing center for asylum seekers, strong revenues from fishing licenses, and the liquidation of the Nauru Phosphate Royalties Trust. Economic and fiscal sustainability, however, remain key concerns for the government. The country relies on narrow and uncertain sources of revenue, with limited private sector opportunities. Education outcomes are improving but are still poor by international standards, while rates of noncommunicable diseases are among the highest in the world.
ADB and Nauru have been working together to strengthen public financial management, raise the performance of state-owned enterprises, improve service delivery, and address infrastructure needs.
Projects in Nauru
Population in Nauru, in millions (2015)
Internet users in Nauru, per 100 population (2011)
Total fertility rate in Nauru, births per woman (2015)
Average annual population growth rate in Nauru (2010-2015)