Priorities of the People: Hardship in Samoa | Asian Development Bank

Priorities of the People: Hardship in Samoa

Publication | November 2002
Priorities of the People: Hardship in Samoa

In spite of Samoa's tropical abundance and culture of helping one another, some Samoans are living in difficult conditions and facing real hardship.

To address this, the government has undertaken a successful reform program and achieved positive economic growth in recent years. In 2002, the government initiated a 'Participatory Assessment on Hardship' to further promote involvement of communities in government policy and decision making. Samoans from all walks of life, especially those facing hardship, were asked to describe hardship from their point of view and suggest the most important priority actions to improve their lives. Community consultations, workshops, and interviews were held with people from 10 communities (villages and settlements) on Upolu Island and 6 villages on Savaii Island.

The Treasury Department and Ministry of Internal Affairs led the effort and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) financed the assessment.


  • Introduction
  • Is Hardship Really a Problem in Samoa?
  • What is Hardship?
  • Who is Facing Hardship?
  • What Causes Hardship?
  • What Can be Done?