Rights, Empowerment and Cohesion (REACH) for Rural and Urban Fijians

Project Summary

 (Photo: UNDP/Joeli Uluinayau)

The REACH Project aims to promote peace building, social cohesion and inclusiveness. Project conducts awareness raising of the social, economic and legal rights enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic of Fiji, provides access to the services associated with these rights, and also strengthens institutional capacity to deliver these services. A mobile service delivery approach is undertaken to reach communities throughout all of Fiji with the focus to reach the furthest behind first.

The REACH project aims to accomplish the following key results:

  • Increased awareness in urban, rural and maritime communities, of constitutional rights in the areas of social and economic wellbeing and justice, focusing on legal aid, through the provision of mobile teams.
  • Enhanced delivery of the services provided by the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation and the Legal Aid Commission through the provision of mobile teams visiting urban, rural and maritime communities.
  • Strengthened capacity of the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation and the Legal Aid Commission through support to strategic planning, monitoring of results and support of coordination for effective and coordinated service delivery to urban, rural and maritime communities.
  • Policy making informed and based on evidence through research and analysis on the relevant areas related to the empowerment of women and girls, promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provision of access to justice for all and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions.

Sustainable Development Goals



The REACH Project supports the achievement of Goal 16 which is commitment to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels; and Goal 5 which is commitment to achieving gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls. 

Who finances it?

Government of Japan and UNDP
 with a total budget of US$2,685,000

News Centre

Marriage ceremony on the mobile service delivery bus brings hope to the newlyweds 
7 August 2017

It had been longed for and came as a welcomed surprise to Amani Rakula and Savaira Marama Rakula to be joined in civil union as husband and wife through the 'REACH mobile service delivery' that arrived at their remote village in Namosi province.

People enjoyed government services made accessible at remote locations and market places
7 August 2017

Losavati Sovivi found herself passionately engaged in the awareness raising talanoa (talk) and found exactly what she wanted to know to make her family happier. The details of the social pension scheme and the importance of child protection inspired her, especially as she has dedicated herself to caring for her family members, raising her ten children - with the youngest at 11 years old - and she has been looking after her 82 year-old mother in law. 

Be Empowered, Be the Change
11 July 2017
Empowering a woman empowers a nation – this was recognized by women who were present at the recent Fiji National Women’s Expo and had the opportunity to access social, economic and legal services provided by the Rights, Empowerment and Cohesion (REACH) for Rural and Urban Fijians Project. 

Empowering Women to Empower More People
20 June 2017

A hundred women from Fiji’s Eastern Division were able to access social, economic and legal services and increase their awareness on the rights enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic of Fiji during a workshop recently organized in Suva.

Youths in Moturiki District recognized Constitutional values and rights
9 June 2017

It is crucial for youths to exercise their constitutional rights to constructively engage with their country’s sustainable development path at all levels. 

‘REACH Mobile Service Delivery Buses’ to deliver government’s services to people across Fiji
31 April 2017

Three new custom built buses were commissioned today in Suva that will allow the Government of Fiji to deliver social, economic and legal services to remote communities and raise awareness of Fijians of the rights enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic of Fiji.

Government’s social, economic and legal services made accessible at people’s doorstep
13 April 2017

More people in remote communities are accessing social, economic and legal services provided by the Government which can provide substantive support to their lives when needed most. 

Services to empower women in Fiji to be bold for change
12 April 2017

People across Fiji, no matter where they live whether in the rural or urban, are stepping up towards empowerment of women and gender equality and are being encouraged to be bold for change.

Reaching the Furthest Behind First
13 March 2017

Women and men in eight rural communities in four districts of Fiji’s Western Division became more aware of their rights to legal, social and economic services provided by the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, and the Fiji Legal Aid Commission.

Upholding People’s Constitutional Right to Access Services
10 January 2017

A number of villages on Taveuni Island are located so far from the island’s town that accessing public services can be such a strain. Their capacity is already stretched as they recover from the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Winston that hit Fiji almost a year ago, while other settlements located further from shore are enduring dry weather.

Providing the remote population of Naitasiri access to social, economic and legal services
13 December 2016

Remote villages in the Naitasiri province, for the longest time, found it difficult to access social, economic and legal services. The people of Matailou and Wanimala District would travel for hours on foot or horseback to the nearby bus stand to get to the city where these services are accessed.

Awareness and service delivery provided in Fiji’s remote communities
6 December 2016

Men and women from across 18 villages in the four districts of Kadavu Province, for the first time learned about the legal aid services available to them from the Fiji Legal Aid Commission Officers who recently visited their communities.

Government services reaching out further to people in communities
22 June 2016
Men and women from across 18 villages in the four districts of Kadavu Province, for the first time learned about the legal aid services available to them from the Fiji Legal Aid Commission Officers who recently visited their communities.

Talking about Human Rights and Law in Interactive Ways
27 April 2016

Lawyers from the Fiji Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission and Law Professors and students from the University of Fiji learned and practiced various interactive methods of raising awareness on human rights and legal issues at the community level with UNDP.

Government Services will Leave No One Behind
29 February 2016
Seventy three officers from the Legal Aid Commission and the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation have brushed up their skills of rights awareness raising, to facilitate improved service delivery to people in Fiji. 

Support to Rights, Empowerment and Cohesion for Rural and Urban Fijians for Sustainable Development
16 October 2015

The importance of building resilient social, economic and governance systems was highlighted as a key enabler for rural and urban Fijians to both contribute to and benefit from sustainable development by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) at the opening of the Fiji National Women’s Expo on 14 October.

Better access to justice and services for people of Fiji
20 April 2015

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Governments of Fiji and of Japan today launched the Fiji REACH Project to support the Fijian Government’s push to improve service delivery to disadvantaged populations, particularly for women, youth, minorities and communities in rural and urban informal settlements.

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