Pacific island countries face common challenges resulting from their small size, geographic isolation and natural disaster vulnerability. The Pacific is experiencing high levels of poverty and slow economic growth. While there are many common challenges, they differ in degree between countries. Sustainable and equitable economic growth is also dependent on significant governance improvements, but increasing concerns over alleged abuse of power and corruption are contributing to instability and failure to uphold human rights.
The UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji will support country-led development efforts by focusing on increased coordination among UNDP Pacific offices and strengthening linkages between country-level and sub-regional initiatives. Working with the Pacific Island countries to maintain and build on progress towards internationally agreed Sustainable Development Goals. UNDP will support capacity development for the implementation of inclusive growth policies and strategies.more
With coastal pollution, overfishing and population growth, the oceans and the marine ecosystem are witnessing profound damage making the SDG 14 crucial for Fiji. There is optimism amongst scientists that new approaches to sustainable management and marine conservation can be found if traditional knowledge is complemented by science and technology. Hence, the My Fiji Shark Initiative is a new innovative model to support the partners’ efforts to realize this and raise the profile of marine conservation in the region. more
UNDP launches Accelerator Lab for the Pacific
It’s the dawn of a new era for innovation in the Pacific. Today, the UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji launches it’s first-ever Accelerator Lab for the Pacific region. The Accelerator Labs represent UNDP’s new strategy and thinking in relation to development and advocating bolder innovation.
How to build a bakery: A young entrepreneur’s approach
Some successful businesses begin with extensive training and experience. Some start with a sandwich. Wendy Maeobia is a young entrepreneur who went from marketing sandwiches and pineapple pie to operating a bakery with an average of 40 orders every month.
VNPF to study micro-pensions for Vanuatu’s informal sector
With its informal sector making up about 80% of the working population, Vanuatu is the latest Pacific Island Country that is looking into the introduction of pension products for ni-Vanuatu working in the informal sector.
NBS Launches New Digital Banking Product
Accessibility and the belief that they cannot afford to save, have been two of Samoa’s biggest impediments to financial inclusion in Samoa. With only 39% of the population having any form of access to a financial service, a new product released today could be key to reducing Samoa’s “unbanked” population.
Pacific Telcos Partner to Bring Greater Financial Access to ni-Vanuatu
The mobile money platform allows registered users to use their mobile phone like a bank account or debit card. The new service can be used to access banking services such as sending and receiving money, savings, paying utility bills, airtime top-ups etc.
Governor of Central Bank of Samoa joins UN Task Force on Digital Financing of SDGs
Central Bank of Samoa’s Governor, Maiava Atalina Emma Ainuu-Enari has been appointed as the Pacific Representative to the United Nations’ newly launched Task Force on Digital Financing of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Southern Taveuni farmers join forces for greenhouse initiative in their communities
Taveuni, Fiji’s third largest island, is known for its thriving agricultural sector due to rich volcanic soils and almost daily rainfall. It is here that 32-year-old Maria Lowana Maivalenisau and other farmers from the Delaivuna, Vuna and Waimaqera communities have come together to begin the work of building greenhouses on the many farms in their settlement.