This project aims at mitigating the disadvantage of their remoteness by increasing access to safe water and sanitation in the outer islands communities, and more generally foster sustainable social and economic development in Kiribati. The project will be implemented by UNICEF, as the organisation has a permanent presence in Kiribati and a long experience in projects in the field of water, sanitation and hygiene. The project will focus on conducting hydro-geological assessments of groundwater resources, assessing existing water and sanitation infrastructures, repairing faulty structures and installing new rainwater harvesting systems with safe storage facilities. It will also enhance capacity at community level to build strong governance structures that will ensure sustainable operation and maintenance of the water infrastructure facilities. Intensive training and awareness raising campaign on water sanitation and hygiene issues throughout the outer islands will be an important component of this project.