From the Asia Development Bank
In the Marshall Islands, many people are facing hardship, and the problem seems to be getting worse. Two thirds of outer-islanders live on less than $1 a day, while social conditions on Majuro and Ebeye are declining.
The government recognizes that it needs to better understand the nature of hardship in the country and develop ways to address it. So in 2002, the government led a “Participatory Assessment on Hardship” to find out the needs, views, and hopes of communities living throughout the country, especially the disadvantaged and poor themselves.