Kiribati (pronounced kiribas) is made up of 33 atolls across 4,000 kilometres in the Pacific Ocean. 21 atolls are inhabited by approximately 114,000 people, with half that population living around the capital in South Tarawa.
Most of Kiribati’s atolls are less than two meters above sea level and vulnerable to the effects climate change. Remoteness, limited economic opportunity and rising urban migration to South Tarawa are key challenges that also impact health and education outcomes.
Australia and Kiribati enjoy close relations based on regional and international cooperation and trade links. Australia’s aid program aims to strengthen the Kiribati government’s capacity to build climate resilience and to improve gender equality and disability inclusiveness.