Palau is an archipelago of over 200 islands and atolls located in the Pacific Ocean, and it is the most westerly of the Micronesian island groups.
Palau is still a relatively young republic, having received its independence in 1994, under the Compact of Free Association with the United States. Under the Compact, Palau will receive aid from the US until 2044.
Palau has one of the highest standards of living of Pacific Island countries. Nonetheless, its small markets and dependence on aid and tourism make it vulnerable to external shock. Palau is also subject to damage wrought by climate change and extreme weather.
AVI’s work in Palau is through the Pacific Technical Assistance Mechanism (PACTAM) and the Australian Volunteers for International Development program.