Tonga’s sense of community is exceptionally strong. With large and close-knit families, Tongans have a long-standing history of caring for one another and helping each other in times of need. When ADB launched the Social Protection of the Vulnerable in the Pacific in 2012, most Tongans felt it was the family’s responsibility, and nobody else to care for the vulnerable.

Close partnerships with the government and local civil society organizations helped design locally appropriate solutions. The continued engagement of people and communities across Tonga ensures that these solutions and their impacts are sustainable.