Fiji - Enhancing capacity for improving design and construction of single-story houses and schools for climate and disaster risk

Context and Objectives
Fiji was hit by category 5 Tropical Cyclone Winston in February 2016, the strongest cyclone in recorded history. The total estimated damage was over US$700 million (FJD 1,517 million), approximately 20 percent of Fiji’s 2014 gross domestic production, with the housing sector damage estimated to be US$350 million (FJD 752 million), or approximately half of the total damage.
This project aims to provide technical assistance to the relevant Ministries and institutions in Fiji to help prepare guidelines for the implementation of its current National Building Code (NBC) for new single-story residential houses and single-story schools located in rural areas.

Main Activities

  • Component 1: Supporting the development of guidelines, awareness and training material for climate and disaster resilient single-story residential housing. Activities within this component focus on collating the material developed by the Government of Fiji and other stakeholders for strengthening houses following TC Winston and the good practices from other Pacific islands for single-story homes to develop a set of guidelines that include practical solutions and illustrations.
  • Component 2: Activities within this component help develop a set of guidelines with illustrations and material for design and construction of schools.

This project is in its inception phase.

Project activities are supporting the World Bank Second Fiscal Sustainability and Climate Resilience Development Policy Operation in Fiji.

Partnerships and Coordination
The project is implemented by the World Bank in close collaboration with the Government of Fiji and particularly its Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts, and Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development, Disaster Management and Meteorological Services.

  • Pacific
Window of Action
  • Window 2
Amount approved
  • $100,000
  • $0
  • 05/2019 - 07/2020