Articles
  • Vanuatu │ Aniwa Cooperative reopens to the community and business is booming Sep 1, 2015There is a flurry of activity outside the newly renovated Mama’s Cooperative on Aniwa Island in Vanuatu’s Tafea Province. Three months after Tropical Cyclone Pam devastated Vanuatu, the women of Aniwa have taken over the operations of the local cooperative, the first shipment food and household items received, stocked, priced and on sale.

  • Strengthening resilience of market vendors through Continuing Market Business Education Aug 25, 2015The Nadi market was under water when twin floods devastated the Western part of Fiji in early 2012, followed by the Cyclone Evan hit the same area in December.

  • Developing her market business with smile and learningAug 25, 2015Under a blue tarpaulin shade put up at the temporary market space next to the bus terminal in Lautoka, stalls selling vegetables, fruits, root crops, market vendors were slowly starting another busy day.

  • Strengthen market vendors to strengthen societyJun 1, 2015Litiana’s application for a stall inside the Labasa market has just been approved. She is having her own stall to sell yagona at Labasa municipal market and was so excited when she heard about a training for market vendors from her sister-in-law.

  • Continued learning allows for market business to expandMay 27, 2015Experiencing all sorts of ups and down in working at her stall in Suva municipal market for over 25 years, Shobna Verma has acquired skills and knowledge to carry out her poultry business.

  • Tonga Parliament takes tangible steps in fight against corruption May 21, 2015Members of the Parliament of Tonga took a great step forward in the fight against corruption in this Pacific Island nation by launching a local chapter of the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption and later unanimously voting in Parliament to create a Standing Committee on Anti-Corruption.

  • Tonga national elections see increased participation by womenDec 16, 2014When Tonga went to the polls last month to elect new Members of Parliament, 16 women candidates representing different constituencies, took up the challenge alongside 90 men to contest for the 17 seats set aside for the People’s Representatives in Parliament.

  • Fiji’s Democracy: Why Fostering Constructive Discussion is Vital Now Oct 24, 2014This year, United Nations (UN) Day will be particularly memorable for me. It will mark almost one year since I took up my role as the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative here and almost one month since the world celebrated Fiji’s return to democracy.

  • Guadalcanal Province gets automated weather station and rain gaugeMay 30, 2014The installation of an automated weather station and rain gauge in the villages of Avuavu and Marau Sound in the Guadalcanal Province will assist in gathering more accurate data on the unpredictable weather patterns in the provinces.

  • Koro Islands: leading in biofuel energyMay 1, 2014On the island of Koro, villagers are making use of the abundance of coconut trees and using their copra making skills to produce enough energy to light up their homes and power appliances all year long, making this rural community energy independent and saving on fossil fuel usage.