Over 80 percent of the population in the Solomon Islands live in rural areas and are dependent upon subsistence agriculture and fishing.
Recent conflicts have made the country unstable and damaged the economy and the delivery of basic services. Education in particular has been seriously disrupted. Literacy rates and access to basic education are low in comparison to other countries in the Pacific.
Oxfam New Zealand in the Solomon Islands
Improving primary education
Oxfam is currently working on improving access to and the quality of primary education for children in the Solomon Islands through the Monitoring Study of the Education Sector project.
- On April 2, 2007, a series of earthquakes, the largest registering 8.1 on the Richter Scale, triggered tsunami waves and killing more than 50 people and displacing thousands from their homes. Oxfam's disaster management expert in the Solomon Islands, Rex Tara, was deployed within the first few hours of the disaster to help coordinate the relief effort.