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In the early years of the 21st Century

Description: Description: Kiribati

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Kiribati consists of low-lying atolls and islands, with land rarely rising more than a few feet above sea level. Even a moderate rise in sea level could be catastrophic for the nation. Kiribati is vulnerable to an increase in extreme weather events, including storms and typhoons. These events pose significant risks to the islands and their communities. – adapted from Microsoft BING Copilot

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The World Factbook - Kiribati

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency CIA

[accessed 31 December 2020]

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[accessed 5 January 2021]

Economic development is constrained by a shortage of skilled workers, weak infrastructure, and remoteness from international markets. The public sector dominates economic activity, with ongoing capital projects in infrastructure including road rehabilitation, water and sanitation projects, and renovations to the international airport, spurring some growth.

GDP - per capita (PPP): $2,000 (2017 est.)

Labor force - by occupation:

agriculture: 15%

industry: 10%

services: 75% (2010 est.)

Unemployment rate: 30.6% (2010 est.)

Population below poverty line: N/A

Maternal mortality rate: 92 deaths/100,000 live births (2017 est.)

Infant mortality rate: total: 29.2 deaths/1,000 live births

Life expectancy at birth: total population: 67.5 years

Drinking water source: improved: total: 71.6% of population

Physicians density: 0.2 physicians/1,000 population (2013)

Sanitation facility access: improved: total: 61.1% of population

Electricity access: electrification - total population: 84.9% (2016)

The Borgen Project - Kiribati

[accessed 11 February 2021]

The Borgen Project works with U.S. leaders to utilize the United States’ platform behind efforts toward improving living conditions for the world’s poor.  It is an innovative, national campaign that is working to make poverty a focus of U.S. foreign policy.  It believes that leaders of the most powerful nation on earth should be doing more to address global poverty. From ending segregation to providing women with the right to vote, nearly every wrong ever righted in history was achieved through advocacy. The Borgen Project addresses the big picture, operating at the political level advancing policies and programs that improve living conditions for those living on less than $1 per day.

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Looking back a few years …

Advameg, Inc., Encyclopedia of the Nations

[accessed 11 February 2021]

Kiribati's economy was supported by revenues from phosphate mining on Banaba until the deposits were exhausted in 1979. Since then, the nation has relied on fishing, subsistence agriculture, and exports of copra, recently 80–95% of exports, and fish, 4–20% of exports.

Unemployment was officially 2%, but underemployment was estimated by the government to be about 70% by a 1992 estimate.

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