Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are a distinct group of 58 island states that face unique social, economic and environmental vulnerabilities owing to their geophysical and structural constraints. Most of these countries are prone to the disastrous effects of climate change. Resilient, sustainable, and inclusive infrastructure plays a key role in mitigating these challenges. More investment and improved institutional capacity for infrastructure systems is urgently needed if SIDS are to maintain their sustainability and effectiveness in service delivery momentum and respond to disaster and climate change risks effectively.

Against this backdrop, CDRI with support from Member Countries and organizations is in the process of setting up Infrastructure for Resilient Island States (IRIS), a dedicated initiative for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) that provides quality technical and financial services to make SIDS infrastructure resilient to climate change and disaster events. Aligned with the policy direction of the SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA Pathway), the goal of IRIS will be to support SIDS in achieving sustainable development through a systematic approach to resilient, sustainable, and inclusive infrastructure in SIDS.

Launch Date

November 2021 at COP26


Initial phase from 2022 to 2030

Hosted at

CDRI Secretariat