The Asian Development Bank is to help the Cook Islands government reform its public sector and to improve support for the elderly and those with disabilities.
The ADB this week signed two agreements with the Cook Islands government.
It will administer a Japan funded scheme, of about 300,000 US dollars to help redefine the government's size and scope.
This scheme also aims to address outer island administration to improve service delivery, and to isolate how ministries and agencies can better collaborate.
Another scheme, worth 900,000 US dollars, is for home care support and nursing services for the elderly and those living with disabilities in Rarotonga and the outer islands.