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Republic of the Marshall Islands Development Cooperation Factsheet

May 2023

Estimated Australian ODA: 2023-24: $4.1 million
Gross National Income Per Capita: USD6,780 (2021)
Population: 42,050 (2021)

Australian ODA 2021-22 Actual ($m)* 2022-23 Budget Estimate ($m)* 2023-24 Budget Estimate ($m)*
Country Programs 3.5 1.4 1.9
Regional 1.3 1.9 1.9
Global 0.1 0.2 0.2
Other Government Departments 0.1 - -
Total Aust. ODA to RMI 4.9 3.6 4.1

*Due to rounding, discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items in totals.

Australian ODA to Samoa by Sector Group 2023-24 Budget Estimate. 0% Economic Infrastructure and Services. 18% Agriculture, Trade and Other Production Sectors. 4% Governance. 55% Education. 17% Health. 0% Humanitarian. 6% Multisector and General Development Support.

Australia and the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) share a long history of close engagement and work together to promote a peaceful, prosperous and resilient region.

Australia is proud to partner with the Government and people of RMI to respond pragmatically to RMI's priorities, including economic development, COVID-19 recovery, climate change action, gender equality and youth engagement.

Strategic direction

In 2023-24, our development cooperation program in RMI will have a stronger focus on climate change resilience and mitigation in support of the Government of RMI's objectives. 

Australia and RMI will work in partnership to build stronger people-to-people links. We will continue to support Marshallese students to study at institutions in Australia and the region through Australia Awards Scholarships.

Australia will continue to listen and consult with RMI to ensure the development program remains fit for purpose and aligns with mutual long-term development priorities. 

Program highlights

  • During Minister Wong's visit to RMI in October 2022, she announced a five-year, $2.5 million climate initiative to implement components of RMI's National Adaptation Plan. The initiative will strengthen water and food security and support climate governance and advocacy (SDG13).
  • Australia is providing $3 million to a multi-partner project that supports RMI to adapt to increasing climate risks. The project is supporting water security interventions that will build resilience from disaster and climate-induced drought impact (SDG6).
  • Australia's Pacific Flights Program facilitated the re-establishment of regular commercial flights connecting RMI to Australia, the Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati and Nauru. It continues to support access to international ports and markets (SDG10).
  • Australia assists RMI to improve sexual health outcomes among youth and women through regular safety checks of health facilities and provision of additional reproductive health materials in outer atolls (SDG3; SDG5).


Priority Sustainable Development Goals: 
Goal 3, Good Health and Wellbeing.
Goal 4, Quality Education. 
Goal 5, Gender Equality.
Goal 6, Clean Water and Sanitation.
Goal 8, Decent Work and Economic Growth.
Goal 10, Reduced Inequalities. 
Goal 13, Climate Action. 
Goal 16, Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. 
Goal 17, Partnerships for the Goals.
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