Nearly a decade after coup, the (Western) aid tap is back on in Fiji

A cow stands in the middle of a road that is under construction in Fiji. The Asian Development Bank’s 2014-2018 country partnership strategy for Fiji focuses on transport infrastructure, water and sanitation, as well as improving public sector management. Photo by: ADB / CC BY-NC-ND

When military commander Frank Bainimarama seized power from Fiji’s civilian government in 2006, it did not take long for Western donors to discontinue much of their aid engagement with the country — part of their efforts to encourage a restoration of democracy in the Pacific’s second most populous developing island nation.

Australia, Fiji’s largest bilateral donor at the time, and the European Union redirected aid from the public sector toward nongovernmental channels. Meanwhile, the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank refrained from approving new financing.

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    Lorenzo Piccio

    Lorenzo is a contributing analyst for Devex. Previously Devex's senior analyst for development finance in Manila, he is currently an MA candidate in international economics and international development at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington. Lorenzo holds a bachelor's degree in government and social studies from Wesleyan University.