Summary of publication
This is the second national report on Vanuatu's progress and challenges in meeting the Millennium Development Goals.
The report highlights achievements including:
- sustained economic growth
- on-going reforms in the public service to make it more accountable and transparent
- legal sector reform, decentralisation and devolution of services and planning to provinces
- deregulation (especially telecommunications where increased competition has lowered prices and increased access)
- improved development policy, planning and performance management (although statistics remains a problem)
- and fee-free primary education for years 1 to 6 with primary schools directly managing their funds.
The report suggests a need for more attention to policy, civil society, custom, infrastructure, and service delivery to remote communities. Challenges include:
- 80 per cent of government expenditure is for wages and salaries, leaving little for development initiatives
- gaps in local human resources (though training and scholarships target some skills)
- high cost of service delivery due to remoteness, rugged terrain and few site for wharfs and landing strips
- inefficient marshalling of resources among departments and ministries in key sectors
- high rates of population growth and urbanisation
- disaster risk
- direct foreign investment pressures
- continuing rural/urban inequities in access to services and economic growth benefits.
It provides a detailed report on each Millennium Development Goal, including an assessment of the policy environment and whether the target will be met.
Millennium Development Goals Tracking Report for Vanuatu (2010) [PDF 2 MB]