Solomon Islands

New Zealand Aid Programme allocated funding

New Zealand Aid Programme transparency

Development results

  • Two airport runways, three wharves and 20km of road have been rehabilitated.
  • Domestic revenues, collected as a percentage of economic activity, have more than doubled from 10.4% to 21.9% between 2003 and 2012.
  • Between 2010 and 2013 government revenue from fisheries access and administrative fees increased by 63%, the value of fish exports increased by 115% and there has been a 33% increase in jobs in the fisheries sector.
  • 60% of Year 6 students now meet or exceed expected literacy levels, and 80% of Year 6 students now meet or exceed expected numeracy levels; 44 new classroom blocks across 5 provinces have been built;. all untrained primary school teachers (currently 34%) are scheduled to complete a Certificate in Primary Teaching by 2016.
  • A bailey bridge has been installed in Honiara, replacing the Old Mataniko Bridge that was swept away in severe floods in April 2014.
  • In the past two years the percentage of Solomon Islanders who perceive they are living in a safe and peaceful community has increased by 12%, from 31% to 43%, according to the  2013 RAMSI People’s Survey.
  • 90% of the 23 scholarship awardees who graduated in 2012/13 are contributing to the Solomon Islands economy through jobs related to their study.

New Zealand commitment in Solomon Islands

New Zealand’s development assistance is guided by the Joint Commitment for Development  with Solomon Islands Government.

Focus areas include:

  • Transport infrastructure: delivering new and improved infrastructure to connect communities with markets and services and drive economic development.
  • Fisheries: improving the management of fisheries to increase revenue, create more job opportunities and preserve fish stocks for future generations.
  • Education: helping more children, young people and the labour force gain the literacy and numeracy skills they need to improve their education and income opportunities.
  • Revenue administration: maximising government tax revenue to increase and improve delivery of public services.
  • Policing, law and justice: building a safer and more secure Solomon Islands with a sustainable, effective police force that has the trust and confidence of the community.

Our priorities include:

  • Scholarships: Up to 49 awards are available each year for study in New Zealand, the Pacific region and for short-term training or work placement experience in New Zealand.
  • Partnerships with New Zealand organisations working in Solomon Islands. Current activities we support include strengthening rural technical and agricultural training with Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand ; establishing early childhood education centres in East Malaita with World Vision; and installing solar power systems in rural primary schools and teaching staff houses with UNICEF New Zealand.
  • The establishment of a Regional Eye Centre in Honiara that will be managed by Solomon Islands Ministry of Health and Medical Services  and will provide specialist eye health services, facilities for regional training and integrated care of diabetes and non-communicable disease.

Major activities

  • A $8.9m five-year fisheries development programme that is improving inshore fisheries and aquaculture, offshore licencing and compliance systems, identifying onshore investment opportunities and building the leadership and management capability of the fisheries ministry.
  • A $17.5m five-year partnership with the Solomon Islands Inland Revenue Division to consolidate and sustain the significant revenue collection gains made to date through developing local leadership and technical capabilities, improving voluntary tax compliance and enforcement rates.
  • A $40m three-year education programme that is increasing curriculum materials in schools, increasing classroom-based assessment,  training all uncertified primary school teachers, providing grants to schools and helping with infrastructure improvements. 
  • A $13.5m over three years policing contribution to the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) to build community confidence in, and the capability of, the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force and to reduce crime.

Related links

New Zealand High Commission Honiara, Solomon Islands
Solomon Islands Government website
Solomon Islands page on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade website