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  • New partnership enables affordable insurance for low income earners
    Sep 30, 2016

    A simple text message is all it will take Pacific Islanders to sign up to new microinsurance products providing a crucial safety net for families. BIMA Pacific photoBIMA, a world-leading mobile micro-insurance provider, and the Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme (PFIP) have launched their second major joint initiative that will provide microinsurance products to underserved communities across five Pacific Island Countries.

  • Women's Political Participation in the Pacific
    Sep 26, 2016

    Women’s empowerment and political participation are a matter of human rights. While the right to vote and contest elections is now widely available to women all over the world, the goal of gender balance in political institutions is still far from being achieved.

  • Enhancing youth employment and economic sustainability for Ra farmers
    Sep 19, 2016

    “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.

  • women empowerment community action
    Sep 6, 2016

    Critical issues affect the wellbeing of women in the communities of the informal settlements of Nausori, Tailevu province, Fiji. One such issue is domestic violence which is rarely addressed at community level due to an entrenched culture of silence.

  • social change through songs
    Sep 6, 2016

    Inter-school school rivalry and bullying is an issue that often results in community violence and conflict in Suva, Fiji. In 2013, Pasifika Voices–a youth choir based in the Pacific–launched the Mana Choral Festival, an innovative Arts-based programme involving participation of students from rival high schools.

  • preserving traditional knowledge
    Sep 6, 2016

    The iTaukei communities of the Fiji Islands traditionally relied on “word of mouth” transmission of cultural identity, values and knowledge. The onset of modernity, however, no longer guarantees reliance on the home or community to transmit cultural and traditional knowledge.

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