YAREN, NAURU (17 June 2022) — The Government of Nauru has launched a new National Social Protection Strategy, 2022–2032 thanks to technical and financial support from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and funding from the Ireland Trust Fund for Building Climate Change and Disaster Resilience in Small Island Developing States.
The new strategy aims to lift people out of poverty by reducing vulnerability and building resilience and is anchored in the universal right of everyone to social security and an adequate standard of living.
“This strategy aims to lay a foundation to address poverty and vulnerability and boost the quality of life of all Nauruans by strengthening leadership, multisectoral collaboration, and governance to maximize social protection outcomes,” said ADB Director General for the Pacific Leah Gutierrez.
“The strategy will further strengthen Nauru’s social protection systems and provide a road map to help Nauruans live healthy and productive lives and build a resilient people,” said Minister for Finance Martin Hunt. “We are committed to leading the implementation of the strategy and are grateful for the support from ADB, the Government of Ireland, and other development partners.”
While Nauru’s social protection has made some advancements seen in recent years, the country still ranks relatively high in terms of income and wealth inequality and spends less as a share of its gross domestic product on social protection programming compared to the Pacific average.
Studies show that disability, aged care, and back-to-school benefits are especially effective in lifting people out of vulnerability, defined as those living on incomes up to 50% of the basic needs poverty line.
The strategy is accompanied by an implementation plan and a monitoring and evaluation framework to help raise the standard of living of the poor and most vulnerable in Nauru and build their resilience against risks from future shocks and crises.
ADB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. Established in 1966, it is owned by 68 members—49 from the region.