An isolated coral atoll in the South Pacific, Niue is the least populated of all ACP countries. Its isolation, limited natural resources, shortage of skilled labour – in part caused by migration – and the effects of climate change, all hinder development.
Tourism – particularly eco-tourism – is one of its best prospects for long-term economic development. Thanks to its welfare system, there is no extreme poverty in Niue. Already having reached most of the 2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the country has a relatively high level of education and good sanitation and public health services. An increased supply of energy from renewable resources is the main target of EU funding.
The Country Strategy Paper for Niue (2008-2013) and a multi-annual indicative programme identify renewable energy and energy efficiency as priorities for the €3.3 funding allocation under the 10th European Development Fund (2008-13).
EU assistance is increasing power generation from renewable resources which both cuts back the cost of importing diesel and improves energy efficiency.