Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei and Yap might be Pacific islands you haven't heard of before, but don't let that deter you. Spread across 2,500 kilometres of western Pacific Ocean, just north of the equator, the four island states make up the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), each with its own unique culture and identity.
Solomon Islands is an archipelago of islands and coral atolls situated to the North East of Australia. It is geographically and culturally diverse and has over 90 linguistic groups. The population of more than half a million is spread across 900 islands. The economy is based heavily on agriculture and delivery of services can be difficult.
The Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste is a small equatorial country in Southeast Asia. It's a young nation, occupied by Indonesia in 1975, it became the first new sovereign state of the 21st century in 2002. A decade long struggle for independence has created numerous development challenges for this new nation.
Tanzania is an east African republic, home to Mount Kilimanjaro, Lake Victoria and the island of Zanzibar. A former British colony, Tanzania gained independence since 1961 when it was renamed Tanganyika. Tanzania's economy is largely agriculture-based, as well as being the third largest producer of gold in Africa.
Fiji is an archipelago of 330 tropical islands in the South Pacific. A former British colony, this South Pacific nation is rich in natural resources. It is known for a diverse selection of landscapes of blue lagoons and palm-lined beaches. The major islands, Vanua Levu and Viti Levu, hold the majority of the 800,000 population but due to geographical distance of the islands Fiji remains sparsely populated.