Priorities of the People: Hardship in the Fiji Islands

Publication | September 2003

The unstable political situation in Fiji, coupled with a young population, increasing migration to the urban centers and overseas, and weak international markets for sugar and kava, poses serious challenges to improving basic services, job opportunities, and the standard of living.

To better understand the nature of hardship in Tuvalu, the government undertook a Participatory Assessment of Hardship in 2003 with assistance from the Asian Development Bank. The assessment identified the needs and priorities of people living in communities throughout the country with different levels of access to services such as education, health, markets, transportation, water, and sanitation.


  • Introduction
  • Is Hardship Really a Problem in the Fiji Islands?
  • What is Hardship?
  • Who is Facing Hardship?
  • What Causes Hardship?
  • What Can Be Done?

Additional Details

  • Poverty
  • Fiji

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