Tuvalu Parliament
Tuvalu Parliament hosts Women’s Practice Parliament

Seventeen women from a diverse range of backgrounds gathered on this week for the start of Tuvalu’s second Women’s Practice Parliament. Deputy Prime Minister, H.E. Maatia Toafa, in his opening remarks spoke on the importance of carving out a space for women in politics.

UNDP Innovations
UNDP Innovates to Meet Growing Aspirations in Asia and the Pacific

The UN Development Programme has leveraged low-cost innovations, knowledge exchanges between countries in the region, and emerging technologies, to provide new opportunities to some of the most marginalized communities in the Asia-Pacific region, says its 2015-16 Results Report.

Ra Farmers
Enhancing youth employment and economic sustainability for Ra farmers

“Tropical Cyclone Winston hit us early this year, we now heavily depend on our farms to help us recover,” said the Turaga ni Koro or the village chief of Nabalabala Village in Ra. The Engaging Youth in Organic Farming programme will assist the TC Winston recovery efforts by training youth in organic agriculture and product development.

Media SDGs
Media seen as an important partner in development

With the new UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji Country Director and Head of Regional Policy and Programming, Bakhodir Burkhanov, settled in, representatives of media organisations in a recent Meet the Media Morning Tea Event had the opportunity to engage with him in dialogue and be recognized as an important partner in the country’s and the Pacific’s development work.

Vanuatu Market
Vanuatu Farmer-Vendors Inspired for Change

Rural and urban markets in Vanuatu are central to the livelihoods of the people especially the poorer households who depend heavily on the income they earn from their small scale market operations.

Food Bank
Food Bank for Disaster Resilience

The Food Bank initiative which is designed to assist communities prepare for and recover from disasters, was handed over to the Naviti communities in the Yasawa group of islands in a handover ceremony that was held yesterday in Kese village.

Tuvalu Coast
Tuvalu uses ridge-to-reef approach to sustain livelihoods

Coastal fishery stocks have sustained island communities for generations in Tuvalu but is under increasing pressure due to the impacts of climate change and unsustainable fishing practices.

Adaptation Plans
Adaptation plans to ensure resilience for water-stressed communities

Six Solomon Islands communities have successfully completed mapping out their climate change adaptation plans for this year until 2018 and beyond.

Coconut farmers
Coconut farmers to benefit from ANZ goMoney

The SBD 5 million dollar program (US$650,000) will connect rural coconut oil producers, laborers, buyers and transport operators with digital finance as the coconut industry in Solomon Islands expands.

Non Communicable Diseases
BLOG | Pacific Islands take the bull by the horns to combat the NCDs crisis

The Pacific Islands have been dubbed the ‘per capita NCD epicentre of the world’, topping the charts for prevalence of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular related morbidity and disability. Mid 2016, 140 delegates represented Pacific region countries, donors and development partners at a high level NCD summit held in the Kingdom of Tonga to respond to, and ring louder, alarm bells about the challenges of NCDs, strategies to address them, and urgency of the need to scale up investment, leadership, multi-sectoral collaboration and action.

Fiji Market
Making Financial and Business Training Accessible to Rural and Part-Time Market Vendors

Saturday is market day for many part-time market vendors, and a long one for many who would start their travel to the market the night before. Elenoa Tabua of Korovou village in Naitasiri, leaves her home at 11pm every Friday to travel about 50 kilometers to the Suva Municipal Market located in the capital, more than an hour’s travel by road, to allow her enough time at the market to organize her produce of ota, dalo and moli.

Palau Government
Efforts underway to strengthen and support State Governance in Palau

The Government of Palau and the United Nations Development Programme signed a milestone agreement today, in order to strengthen the capacity of local legislators and governance systems at local state levels in Palau.

Haoliang Xu
Political stability and economic development for Melanesia

In a two-day conference, representatives from governments, parliaments and civil society from Melanesia discussed how to best promote strong, inclusive and peaceful institutions for sustainable economic growth and development.

Tonga NCDs
Political will and local partnerships stall Zika outbreak and help combat NCDs in Tonga

For well over a decade now, public health in general and non-communicable diseases in particular have stayed consistently on top of the national political and development agenda.

Markets for Change
Government services reaching out further to people in communities

Nai Nailevu raises four children who are attending primary and secondary school. She found it difficult to keep her family going after she separated from her husband. She did not have a paid job. She did not know if the Government could provide any support for her.