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COVID-19: Looming crisis in developing countries threatens to devastate economies and ramp up inequality

The growing COVID-19 crisis threatens to disproportionately hit developing countries, not only as a health crisis in the short term but as a devastating social and economic crisis over the months and…  


Can we crowdfund for social impact in the Pacific?

Eco-tourism in Vanuatu, upcycling to create jobs for women, economic empowerment through kava retailing and independent podcast for social issues are initiatives that have at least one thing in…  


Generation Unlimited Youth Challenge calling on young innovators to design solutions to improve education, employment and civic empowerment launches in the Solomon Islands

The challenge aims to inspire young people who have brilliant ideas, but not the resources to bring them to life. This includes youth who face daily discrimination due to their ethnicity, their gender…  


Engaging Youth in Fiji and Vanuatu in Organic Farming: A Farm to Table Chain Approach

The project is responding to requests from the Fiji and Vanuatu governments to assist on their ongoing efforts to address youth unemployment.  


Youth Empowerment for Sustainable Human Development

The project is piloting key activities in Fiji and Papua New Guinea, and will be further contextualized and replicated in other Pacific Island countries through the development of a four-year regional…  


Sustainable Development Goals Localization

This initiative supports Pacific SIDS mainstream the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development into national development strategies and plans; initiate the development of an integrated financing…  


Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme

PFIP is a Pacific-wide programme that has helped over 1.78 million low-income Pacific islanders gain access to financial services and financial education. It achieves these results by funding…  


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,…  


Crucial factors in getting your innovative work to reach the people you are serving

I just returned from a field trip to the north, east and west of Fiji. While on this trip, I had the opportunity to observe and talk with numerous rural farmers. I enjoyed kava with rural villagers…  


New UNDP Report: Human Development in Asia-Pacific region advances dramatically, but unevenly

The Human Development Report, which pioneers a more rounded way to measure countries’ progress beyond just economic growth, says that as the gap in basic standards is narrowing, with an unprecedented…  

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