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Pacific island countries are facing a massive infrastructure deficit due to unprecedented urbanization, increasing population, and aging infrastructure. Complicating the situation is climate change, affecting many isolated and sparsely populated towns and villages, which have limited economics of scale. Reducing vulnerability and climate change impacts requires development of solid infrastructure and adequate housing.

To secure sufficient and competitive funding from multilateral development banks and private investors, infrastructure and housing projects need to meet social and environmental safeguards. The Asian Development Bank Institute, in partnership with the University of New South Wales’ Institute of Global Development in Australia, in partnership with the University of the South Pacific in Fiji, will hold a 3-day capacity-building program in Nadi, Fiji. Participants will develop capacity-building approaches on different scales and levels to tackle climate vulnerability, reduce poverty, and achieve sustainability through social, economic, environmental, and governance platforms.

  • Gather government officials, local community leaders, experts, and representatives of institutions working on infrastructure and housing to study how to build resilience in the Pacific
  • Enable public sector institutions to identify and develop viable and sustainable infrastructure projects
  • Introduce a train-the-trainer program on housing maintenance and retrofitting using the “housing for health” methodology
  • Demonstrate and evaluate projects for maintaining the quality of housing and encouraging local economic development in selected countries
  • Roll out development models based on the evaluation of the region
  • 28 government officials from the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu
  • Domestic participants; international experts; representatives from multilateral development banks, the private sector, and academia
  • Enhanced capability of government officials and local communities to establish local projects by mobilizing financial, human, and organizational resources
  • Implementation of technical, service delivery, and logistical tasks associated with setting up local projects
  • Increased resources and support, and linking of infrastructure to poverty reduction activities
  • Training of community members in Health Habitat’s housing repair and maintenance program
How to register

By invitation only.


Jointly organized by the Institute of Global Development of the University of New South Wales and the Asian Development Bank Institute, in partnership with the World Bank, the University of the South Pacific, The University of Fiji, and Plan International

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