Nauru and ADB
In the Spotlight
Nauru, the world’s smallest island nation, faces acute development challenges including distance from international markets, uncertain sources of future revenue, and inadequate infrastructure. ADB has been a key partner in helping build a more sustainable economic future.
Pacific economies are looking to overcome their remoteness through telecommunications technology, improved transport networks, and greater private investment and competition, says a new ADB report.
Nauru is working to build generation capacity and refurbish existing equipment to provide more reliable power supply to its population.
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 (2016)
Internet users in Nauru (2011)
Average annual population growth rate in Nauru (2011-2016)
Population with access to electricity in Nauru (2014)