Priorities of the People: Hardship in Kiribati

Publication | September 2007
Priorities of the People: Hardship in Kiribati

Kiribati faces a number of development challenges. However, little is known about the causes and effects of hardship across the country. To better understand this, a Participatory Assessment of Hardship was conducted to identify problems, needs, and priorities of people in nine sample communities across Kiribati. This brief presents a summary of the findings of the assessment. Among others, it finds that hardship in Kiribati is closely linked to limited economic opportunities, poor access to basic services and infrastructure, and increasing social problems, rather than hunger or destitution.


  • Introduction
  • Is hardship really a problem in Kiribati?
  • What is hardship?
  • Who faces hardship?
  • What causes hardship?
  • What can be done?