Essay on Kiribati: Anote Tong and Kiribati Introduction Kiribati

Submitted By Tony-Alexander
Words: 1979
Pages: 8

Incorporation of Change Management Tool for Kiribati

Kiribati is an island state consisting of thirty-three islands. It is located in central Pacific Ocean. Kiribati has its capital at Tarawa. The reigning president of Kiribati is Anode Tong, an economic student graduate from Harvard University. The island state has a very high population density of up to 51000 people per square kilometer. Of significance to the context of this paper are the challenges and problems affecting Kiribati state. Several problems are affecting Kiribati, and of concern are the social, economic political and environmental conditions affecting Kiribati. An acute managerial crisis may be implicated in the observed multi-perspective problems of Kiribati. Kiribati, therefore, serves as an ideal case study on emphasizing the role of management in realizing the development of a particular state or people. A proper analysis of the problems facing this state and their possible solutions is a milestone in management. Some problems facing Kiribati includes; (Goldberg, 2013).
Inadequate Infrastructure
Infrastructure is of great concern in Kiribati. There is only one road passing through Kiribati, and the name of the road is unknown. Also, the available airstrip is poorly developed and very dusty. The airport is serving as children’s playground as children run after the landing plane. Poor infrastructure has limited access to the rest of Kiribati and hence low exploitation of its resources. Other infrastructure such as electricity is not mentioned, implying that the state might be experiencing no real economic growth. Industrialization in such a setup is a real mystery. Inadequate infrastructure in Kiribati has closed the region to the rest of the world as there is limited access to the area and its resources (Goldberg, 2013).
Ecoterrorism is a term coined by Kiribati President Anote Tong. It refers to gradual and progressive advancement of Pacific Ocean water to the island. The president notes that there is an estimated 3mm rise in ocean water per year. Kiribati Island is therefore referred to as the drowning island. The ecoterrorism, therefore, puts the president in a great dilemma. On one hand, the president has a responsibility of attracting foreign investors. On the other hand, he has a to devise a plan on how to move the I-Kiribati to a safer destination to protect them from future drowning. Very few investors apart from the fishing company can accept investing in such a place. The I-Kiribati lives in great fear of the ocean. The ecoterrorism forms one of the worst problems to Kiribati (Goldberg, 2013).
Poor Social Amenities
Kiribati is faced with poor and inadequate social amenities such as hospitals and schools. For instance, some children suffering from leukemia cannot receive treatment as the government claims that it is uneconomical treating such cases. Such children, therefore, die at an early age due to poor medical care. Accessing formal education is also a challenge due to inadequate schools. The level of education is low, and many teenagers are involved in transactional sex with fishermen. Poor social amenities impact adversely on the quality of lives of the I-Kiribati as many die from the curable ailment. Control and management of diseases such as tuberculosis and leprosy are very ineffective. The spread of leprosy increased from 13 people to about 200 people in one year. Due to congestion, the spread of tuberculosis is also of great concern. The Solution to the social amenities problem provides an important way of realizing social and economic development in Kiribati (Goldberg, 2013).
Ineffective leadership
The political leaders and other leaders in Kiribati have utterly failed to show transformational leadership. For instance, albeit the President should be in charge of the various development agenda in the nation, President Tong is also surprised by the state of the nation. He wonders why the airport is not in…