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Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI)

Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI)
Majuro, RMI. Photo: AVI

AVI in Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI)

Since 1989, AVI has placed more than 60 skilled Australians in the RMI. They have been placed through AVI’s two main programs:

Program history
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Historically, education, governance and health have been important focus areas for volunteer placements in RMI. Both AVID and PACTAM programs support Australia’s Partnership for Development with the Government of RMI.


Main focus areas
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Provision of affordable, accessible and sustainable energy

With support from the RMI government, AVI volunteers have been utilised to address the need for energy efficiency, with the aim of reducing RMI’s huge spending on imported fuel and assess renewable energy options. Volunteers train local staff in the field of energy distribution, maintenance and safety standards, ensuring utilities work efficiently and effectively and provide sufficient power to the people of Majuro and Ebeye.


Increasing access to affordable and sustainable water provision

AVI placements support the Government’s initiative to strengthen water supply coverage in RMI. Volunteers train the staff in operating and maintaining the systems, avoiding shutdowns of equipment and providing technical support during periods of failure.

Where we work
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  • Ebeye Island
  • Kwajalein Atoll
  • Majuro Atoll

About Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI)

The Republic of Marshall Islands are located in the North Pacific Ocean some 4,000 kilometers (2,486 miles) northeast of Australia. They consist of two groups of small islands, 29 atolls and five single islands (coral islands), and reefs running from the northwest to the southeastin two archipelagos. These islands are home to about 70,000 people.[1]

Development challenges
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Development in The Marshall Islands can be slow and very challenging. It has a small population, living on a tiny land area, scattered over an immense area of the central Pacific Ocean, with few natural resources to sustain themthe country. The shortage of skills at all levels is a major barrier to sustainable economic growth. Despite fishing being a major money earner for the Marshallese economy, it remains dependent on revenue from the US to sustain its economy


Although the adult literacy rate of RMI is 93.7%[1], only 53% of primary school aged children attend secondary school[2]. A majority of school-aged children are not getting opportunities to attend school due to lack of enough classroom space and facilities[3].


RMI has seen significant health improvements in the last 10 years have seen. The maternal mortality rate has declined and the under-five mortality rate has declined from 51 in 1990 to 26 in 2010. Despite of these successes, the country still faces challenges like increasing communicable diseases such as tuberculosis and typhoid. Similarly, life-style diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer are also posing a challenge for the health of the Marshallese[4].


The Marshall Islands face a number of environmental threats due toto its already smallllimited natural resource base. Among the Marshall Islands’ more significant environmental problems are water pollution due to lack of adequate sanitation facilities as well as inadequate supplies of drinking water. Solid waste disposal, contamination of coastal waters and access to clean and safe drinking water, particularly in the crowded urban areas areis also major issues.

2. CIA Fact book
[4] 5 National Report to the World Summit on Sustainable Development

Volunteer profile

Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI)

Soe Myint is an Australian Volunteer from Adelaide, South Australia. He arrived in Ebeye in December, 2012 to work as Power Distribution Technical Trainer in the Kwajalein Atoll Joint Utility Resource Power Plant.

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Host organisation profile

Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI)

WUTMI is a non-government organisation established by Marshallese women in 1987. WUTMI was revitalized in 2000 and has been the umbrella organisation for women’s groups in the RMI operating at both the grass-roots and national levels.

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Latest assignments available

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PACTAM - Education Financial Management Adviser 14 Dec 2014
Project Management and Donor Development Mentor 01 Dec 2014

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Fast facts

Population: 69,747
Official Language: Marshallese and English
Capital: Majuro
Adult literacy rate: 93.7%
HDI index: NA
Life expectancy: 72.03 years
Adult HIV prevalence rate: NA
GDP per capita: $8,800
Unemployment rate: 36%
Maternal mortality rate: 74/100,000 live births
Child mortality rate under 5: 26/1000 live births
AVI placements: 55 (as of December 2012)
Last updated: 24-07-2013


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