Melanesia (Solomon Islands & Vanuatu)

The Solomon Islands and Vanuatu are two nations in a larger Pacific island group called Melanesia. Poverty and the changing climate are key issues, as the local economy is supported largely by remittances from outside the country and the land is threatened by rising sea levels and frequent natural disasters. The islands are also remote and difficult to access.

Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with the Anglican Church of the Province of Melanesia (ACOM) to reduce disaster risk, promote climate-adaptive agricultural techniques and strengthen the local economy through savings groups and small business development. Our micro-finance programs empower women by helping them to establish autonomy and actively participate in decision-making in their households. By supporting women to change their economic situation, we help strengthen entire communities.

In Vanuatu, ACOM is leading community-based efforts to improve the environment and local food supply by planting trees to combat erosion and promoting innovative small-scale farming techniques that maximize crop variety and use of available land. Savings with Education groups offer opportunities for individuals to build up their savings and access micro-finance services for small business development. The groups also discuss and take action on local social issues and disaster risk reduction in their communities.

Alleviating Hunger and Improving Food Supply

  • Exploring climate-smart strategies to improve crop production and diversity
  • Improving the land through reforestation and conservation
  • Increasing access to nutritious food through small-scale farming

Creating Economic Opportunities and Strengthening Communities

  • Establishing Savings with Education groups to support personal development and economic empowerment
  • Empowering entrepreneurs through micro-finance services, financial literacy and business training

Responding to Disasters and Rebuilding Communities

  • Examining possible hazards and leveraging local strengths and resources to reduce disaster risk and build resilience

Melanesia (Solomon Islands & Vanuatu) Press Releases & Stories

Episcopal Relief Debuts A New VideoCharting Pathways to Integration and ImpactResponding to Cyclone Pam's Impact on VanuatuJuly Web Series Feature Partners in Solomon Islands and Friends in Mississippi

Fast Facts

Agriculture, fishing and forestry are the key economic supports of most households in the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

While women play a major role in the country’s rural economy, they often have difficulty accessing policy information, justice and land.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Goal 1: No Poverty

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Goal 2: Zero Hunger

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Goal 5: Gender Equality

Goal 5: Gender EqualityAchieve gender equality and empower all women and girls  Learn more »

Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthPromote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all  Learn more »

Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

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Goal 13: Climate Action

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