National Development Plan of Kiribati

The Kiribati Development Plan 2012-15 was based on a review of previous plans and extensive consultations with all the key stakeholders. Social protection and gender equity are important guiding principles of the plan. Government programmes are now required to foster gender empowerment, emphasising children, family, and women’s and men’s rights.

This plan has been prepared with a results-based methodology. Measurable outcomes have been identified and these are also being used in sectoral plans, and are being mapped onto regional and international commitments. The reporting of results has been improved.
Policy The key objectives for 2011-15, in five key policy areas, are:

  • Improvement in functional literacy and numeracy, and professional and technical skills development
  • Promotion of structural and fiscal reforms under the Kiribati Economic Reform Priorities Programme, with the support of AusAid and World Bank
  • Increasing access to quality health services; promotion of health awareness
  • Facilitating sustainable development to mitigate the effects of climate change, protect island biodiversity and reduce environmental degradation
  • Strengthening national governance systems, promoting accountability, transparency, equality and inclusiveness.



Improving the financial management and auditing of public-sector organisations, including state-owned enterprises and urban and island councils, was established as a strong priority in the 2008-11 development plan and the Audit Office has been strengthened as a result.

Community policing has been improved in many villages, with the development of standard procedures for reporting crimes in public-service organisations, including schools and NGOs, and the establishment of domestic violence desks in four South Tarawa police stations. Reporting rates for gender-based violence have increased.