Tuvalu

New Zealand Aid Programme allocated funding

New Zealand Aid Programme transparency

Development results

  • The Tuvalu Ship to Shore (TSSP) project has improved the safety and efficiency of inter-island shipping services through the construction of navigational aids on the islands of Nanumea, Niutao, Nanumaga, Nukufetau, Nui, Nukulaelae.
  • In Funafuti, installation of navigational aids has resulted in approximately US$30,000 per month in savings, as cargo ships no longer have to wait until daylight hours to enter the lagoon, resulting in speedier turn around times.
  • Support to the Tuvalu Fisheries Department has resulted in a 10% increase in daily rate for purse-seine vessel day scheme (VDS), delivering high returns to the Government of Tuvalu.

Budget 2013

  • Tuvalu Bilateral $4.4 million
  • Total aid flow $16 million
  • Scholarships/other $11.6 million

New Zealand commitment in Tuvalu

New Zealand’s development assistance is guided by the New Zealand – Tuvalu Joint Commitment for Development signed in October 2013.

Focus areas include:

  • Lifting Economic Performance: strengthened public financial management, increased economic returns from fisheries and the Tuvalu Trust Fund, and better shipping services.
  • Workforce Skills Development: skilled workforce able to seek gainful employment domestically and abroad contributing to economic growth.
  • Renewable Energy: increased use of cheaper renewable sources of energy.
  • Strengthening Water Security: improved access to safe, reliable and affordable water, and improved resilience to the adverse impacts of disaster risk, climate vulnerability and climate change. 

Our priorities include:

  • Reducing diesel consumption and vulnerability to variable oil prices by installing solar PV/diesel hybrid systems on the Northern Islands of Nanumea, Niutao, and Nanumaga; and approximately 400kWp of grid-connected photovoltaic on Funafuti.
  • Increasing Tuvalu’s fisheries revenues by initiating phase two of support for the Tuvalu Fisheries department. To strengthen management and coherence of fisheries resources, this phase will support the re-structure of the Fisheries Department and fund the design and build of new fisheries building.
  • Continuing to support the joint donor package of funding to Tuvalu’s central economic and oversight institutions to improve the capacity, planning and budgeting of Government of Tuvalu's public financial management. This includes funding to two advisers in the Tuvalu Trust Fund Advisory and Investment Committees, as well as two officers in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, and a Government Account Adviser to Treasury.
  • Completing the second phase of Tuvalu Ship to Shore Transport Project that will improve the safety and efficiency of cargo handling practices during loading and unloading of cargo.

Major activities

Tuvalu’s fishery is the largest and most important natural resource for the nation, providing significant revenue for the Government. Our long-term support for fisheries is stimulating revenue increases for the Government through grant funding support for the deployment of fisheries TA and conducting the Institutional Strengthening Project (ISP).

The objective is: Increased self-reliance through greater social and economic returns from Tuvalu’s inshore and oceanic fisheries.

The outcomes are:

  1. enhanced and on-going capacity to manage oceanic fisheries to provide strong revenue and satisfying jobs;
  2. employment as crew and observers on tuna vessels, and
  3. effective management of coastal fisheries that secures improved livelihoods through sustainable subsistence and commercial fishing.

The expected completion date for the Fisheries support is 2016.

Tuvalu is heavily reliant on imported oil fuels for transport, electricity generation and household use. High fuel prices and fluctuations have a destabilising effect on businesses and households, limiting growth and reducing food security – particularly in the most isolated and vulnerable islands. Our renewable energy programme in Tuvalu includes two projects: three solar PV/diesel hybrid systems on the northern islands of Nanumea, Niutao and Nanumaga, and approximately 400kWp of grid-connected photovoltaic on Funafuti.

The implementation of these projects will lead to a reduction in Tuvalu’s reliance on diesel generated electricity and decrease government spending on fuel.

The objective is: efficient, reliable, safe, and sustainable electricity supply for Tuvalu.

The outcomes are:

  1. Reduced reliance on imported fuels and less vulnerability to oil price fluctuations, and
  2. Provision of a reliable supply of electricity to Outer Island communities.

The expected completion date for the Tuvalu Renewable Energy Projects is 2015

Related links 

IATI data
Recent evaluations
New Zealand High Commission, Suva, Fiji is accredited to Tuvalu
Tuvalu page on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade website