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Published on May 8, 2024

Fostering economic diversification and digital transformation in Fiji, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) face a shared set of geographical, environmental, economic, and social challenges, and suffer from unique development needs and extreme vulnerability. These pose significant challenges in meeting the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.

In close collaboration with the Resident Coordinator’s Office, the ILO convenes its sister agencies ITU, UNESCO, OHCHR, UNODC and UNOPS to support SDG acceleration by building community resilience and fostering economic diversification in Fiji, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.

The joint programme receives most of its financial support from the UN Joint SDG Fund. Intended to be catalytic, funding supports integrated programmatic solutions of two years, leveraging the agencies’ complementary sets of expertise to:

  • design employment policies and skills anticipation strategies for a job-rich recovery;
  • promote demand-driven business development services and entrepreneurship in strategic sectors;
  • foster the transition to formality for resilient labour markets; and
  • strengthen access to digital services, information, and digital skills for community resilience.


Originally published by ILO.



All joint programs of the Joint SDG Fund are led by UN Resident Coordinators and implemented by the agencies, funds and programmes of the United Nations development system. With sincere appreciation for the contributions from the European Union and Governments of Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and our private sector funding partners, for a transformative movement towards achieving the SDGs by 2030.