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Impact of COVID-19; Lessons in Resilience in the Pacific

The global impacts of COVID-19 are unprecedented and extend beyond the realm of health into the social, economic and psychological aspects of people's lives. Although the number of infections in…  


How Vanuatu ran a successful election during a pandemic: lessons learnt

A few days prior to its general election day in Vanuatu in March, the volcano on Tanna island showed increased activity and an earthquake hit the country. Cyclone Gretel followed and impacted…  


FSM Congress becomes the first Pacific legislature to convene a virtual session

Human rights become more relevant when they are most in danger, the German-American philosopher, Hannah Arendt, had said. In a similar vein, the relevance of parliaments’ increases during a crisis.…  


Traditional knowledge, social resilience and women’s empowerment are keys to cultivating sustainable communities

The early morning Fiji sun shimmers. We turn off the Queens highway and drive along a winding dirt road. We are driving to Vusama, located on the South West coast of Fiji’s main Island Viti Levu, to…  


“Climate Tragedy: If We Drown Tuvalu, We Drown the Entire World”

Tuvalu, a dot on the globe, but home to 11,500 people and 1000 km away from the next ATM , face an existential threat. Climate induced hazards such as rising sea levels, cyclones, tsunamis, droughts,…  


A Blended Methods Approach: Solutions Safari on Fongafale

The people of Tuvalu generally have a strong connection to their land. The local catch phrase in Tuvalu is that “Tuvalu is sinking, and it is slowly disappearing”. Seen from above; Fongafale - the…  


The day I decided to marry data

I met data at work. Data had spent much time in the West showing exemplary results for public sector innovation. When data came to my home country - India, there was intrigue and some implicit demand.  


So we’re doing experiments and learning from them – but what comes after that?

As the new year gets off to an exciting start, the United Nations Development Programme’s 60 Accelerator Labs across the world are ready to unleash the full force of their intellectual capacity,…  


Can reviving traditional knowledge systems improve climate resilience for coastal villages?

As the Accelerator Lab Pacific continues its exploration of “Climate Security for Low-Lying Coastal Areas/Atolls”, references to cultural identity continued to emerge. Cultural identity for each…  


How to scale impact: thinking big

Achieving impact, even if limited, is not really difficult. There are enough people who donate a loose dollar, euro or franc for a good cause during the Christmas season. Many of these…  

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