Tonga has a small economy and while Tongans enjoy a relatively high quality of life they remain highly vulnerable to natural and economic disasters. A heavy dependence on remittances from family living outside of the country, high levels of emigration, lack of employment opportunities and few opportunities for youth contribute to the hardship many face. The country is ruled by a constitutional monarchy, although protests against this arrangement are increasing and there is a strong movement calling for democratic reform.
CWS funds two partners in Tonga.The Human Rights and Democracy Movement is working for a more democratic form of government and good governance through awareness raising, advocacy and lobbying. It also monitors human rights injustices. Activities include:
The Tonga Community Development Trust focuses on women’s and community development including: