1 Dec 2005

Aid donors praise Nauru approach to seek assistance

4:45 pm on 1 December 2005

Aid donors say Nauru's thorough approach to seeking aid should become the blueprint for the region.

Donor countries and agencies were yesterday presented with Nauru's programme for remedying its financial state.

They lauded the country's National Sustainable Development Strategy not only for its content but also because of the way the community was involved.

The Strategy is seen as reflecting the concerns of the wider population which has formally endorsed the document.

The Asian Development Bank's Stephen Pollard has suggested that it be published to assist other Pacific nations dealing with the donor community.

"This is a good practice in terms of the amount of participation that came from civil society. I think the rest of the Pacific could do with paying attention to how Nauru has gone about its problem."