In June 2004 IFAD supported a regional workshop held in Apia, Samoa, attended by representatives from a broad range of Pacific NGOs and the private sector. The purpose of this workshop was to identify key factors that impede the development of isolated rural communities in the Pacific.

Major findings included:

· NGOs and community-based organizations (CBOs) are already involved in innovative work with rural communities but lack support for sustained long-term engagement;

·  NGOs and CBOs lack resources for the expansion and consolidation of successful innovations;

·  Traditional structures are increasingly less able to act as community safety nets and to cope with the increasing complexity of issues;

·  Governments and service providers do not hear the voice of the rural poor in the capital cities of many Pacific countries.

It was against this background that MORDI was developed. The goal of the Program is to contribute to sustainable, improved livelihoods of vulnerable communities, especially youth and women, living in remote rural areas of Pacific Island Countries (PICs), in line with the Millennium Development Goals.The objectives of the Program are to:

·  strengthen the institutional capacity of target communities and CBOs, particularly those involving youth and women, as well as community institutions;

· increase employment and sustainable livelihood opportunities, especially for youth and women;

· document and share learning experiences from best practices and innovations;

·  establish sustainable processes that enable remote rural communities to link with policy and planning processes.

MORDI was started in 2006 and over the last 6 years have worked with arund 10, 000 people from rural remote areas of Fiji, Tonga and Kiribati.

For more details about MORDI, visit our project website.

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