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What do you (and I) know about public finances?

Public Finance Management (PFM) in its most basic definition is simply how governments manage their resources, their public finances. If like me, you have wondered how the government decides which…  


Public Finances and Gender: What a trip to Lautoka taught us

Lautoka, situated in the Western part of Viti Levu, is the second largest city in Fiji. This is also the second stop for the budget consultation workshop organized by the Fiji Council of Social…  


Hard-fought progress on TB in Kiribati at risk due to COVID-19

Under the World Health Organization (WHO)’s End Tuberculosis (TB) Strategy, countries around the world have set out ambitious targets to reduce the number of TB cases and deaths, as well as…  


Climate Security: a priority for Kiribati and the Pacific

The correlation between climate change and human security is complex and multifaceted and intersects with political, social, environmental, economic, and demographic factors.  


Using ‘sensemaking’ to calibrate our response to COVID-19

In February 2020, I was in New York for work and the buzz around the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic was growing and picking pace. A week after I returned to Fiji, the borders closed. Almost a year…  


Food and Income Security Solutions Exploration: The Case of Informal Settlements in Fiji

In Fiji, informal settlements in cities such as Suva and Lautoka, and towns like Sigatoka and Nadi are witnessing a rapid growth in household numbers. The Accelerator Lab Pacific partnered with…  


Food and Income Security Solutions Exploration: The Case of Informal Settlements in Fiji

In Fiji, informal settlements in cities such as Suva and Lautoka, and towns like Sigatoka and Nadi are witnessing a rapid growth in household numbers. The Accelerator Lab Pacific partnered with…  


The special challenges facing Pacific Parliaments and audit institutions: Impacts of COVID-19

As part of the UNDP Strengthening Public Finance Management and Governance Project funded by the European Union, the project team undertook a survey in October 2020, to assess the impact of the crisis…  


The positive spin-off of a global pandemic in a Small Island Developing State

About a year ago, Fiji and its neighboring Pacific island countries watched in horror as the coronavirus pandemic began to hit bigger developed countries with crippling effects to their economies.…  


Traditional knowledge as a powerful lever for climate resilience

In December 2019, the UN Development Programme Pacific Office in Fiji through the Accelerator Lab Pacific embarked on an experiment to understand the interplay between traditional knowledge, cultural…  

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