Pacific Islands

  • USAID strengthens the capability of Pacific Islands countries to access international financing, so they can develop, implement, and sustain their own projects in a transparent, accountable, and effective manner.

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  • USAID bolstered the capacity of 118 institutions and nearly 8,000 individuals to develop and implement environmental and disaster mitigation policies and strategies, which have served as models for replication and scale-up.

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  • USAID’s support in nearly 160 communities across nine Pacific Island countries has not only met critical life sustaining needs, such as water and shelter, but also built the capacity of communities to make decisions grounded on scientific evidence.

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  • Julia earns three times more per month now that she practices organic agriculture. Read how she and other farmers in Fiji are making the most of their land while securing more food and income.

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  • Taro cultivation is improving livelihoods as well as food security in Palau, a country that is heavily dependent on imported food products.

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  • A Papua New Guinea man wears a woman’s meri blouse, pledging his support against gender-based violence. “We must put ourselves in women’s shoes. I wear this blouse to show my respect for women and to support the stop of violence against women.”

Inclusivity and Resilience Go Hand-in-Hand in Kiribati
Pacific Islands Broaden Preparation for Weather Disasters
Kitchen Gardens Flourish in Samoa
Kitchen Gardens Flourish in Samoa
Turning Trauma into Triumph in Papua New Guinea
Turning Trauma into Triumph in Papua New Guinea

About Pacific Islands

Hosting a vast proportion of the world’s shipping and global fisheries, Pacific waters supply food and income to millions of people in the Pacific Islands and beyond. Yet, the region’s stability and vitality are threatened by debilitating natural disasters and development challenges. The Pacific Islands are central to American efforts to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific region that bolsters the global economy.

A Pacific country, the United States — through USAID — partners with 11 Pacific Island nations to bolster their ability to lead their countries to stable, prosperous futures. We focus on strengthening disaster preparedness and environmental resilience, health, and democratic governance.

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Pacific Islands Regional Profile

Last updated: June 18, 2019

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Contact Information

Mission Contact

Lawrence Hardy II, Mission Director
USAID/Pacific Islands Regional Office
U.S. Embassy
158 Princes Road, Suva
Pacific Islands
+679 331-4466 ext. 8220

USAID Contact

Michael Glees, Desk Officer
U.S. Agency for International Development
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
, DC 
(202) 712-4728