Nacia’s rest house has six bedrooms, a shared kitchen, bathroom and toilet facility.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow, the Skies are Blue

“This rest house was built with money earned from bechdemer and seaweed”, Nacia Sito says.
Transferred workers enjoying the snow on their road trip.

RSE COVID-19 Responses, Supporting Seasonal Workers in New Zealand

In early June, after two months of lockdown due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, New Zealand moved to its lowest Alert Level. Life has effectively returned to normal with the exception of strict border controls to minimise the risk of COVID-19 entering the country.
Fiji’s Hon. Minister for Health and Medical Services, Dr. Ifereimi Waqainabete, launched the training on behalf of the 14 Pacific Island countries.

Health Care on Air to Support Front-line Healthcare Workers During COVID-19 Response Launched

Pacific governments, together with partners including UNICEF and the Governments of the United States, New Zealand and Japan, launched the Health Care on Air Pacific training to be aired on radio and other communication platforms for front-line healthcare workers across 14 countries.
It is too early to tell what will happen to anti-corruption funding under the Marape government. However, our findings and those from other countries suggest policymakers need to be ready to respond to the tendency of governments to cut funding to anti-corruption organisations over time.

Boom and Bust? Political Will and Anti-corruption in Papua New Guinea

When it comes to fighting corruption in PNG, it seems the more things change the more they stay the same.
Malaita Premier Daniel Suidani, Permanent Secretary of MJLA Dr. Paul Mae and the A2J team.

Malaita Province and Civil Society Welcome Community Legal Advocates Initiative to Enhance Access to Justice

The Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs (MJLA) in partnership with the Public Solicitor’s Office (PSO) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have commenced consultations with key justice actors in Auki, Malaita Province with a view to enhancing access to justice across the province.
Lucy and her youngest child at their roadside stall in Aola.

Simple, Young and Content

At 20 years of age, Lucy has two sons. Her eldest child is now three years old while her youngest is a bit over 12 months.
Malaita Premier Daniel Suidani thanked the “government and loving people of Taiwan for the support”, emphasising that the help was provided on humanitarian grounds and not meant to undermine the country’s relations with China.

Solomon Islands Gets a Lesson in Chinese Diplomacy

China’s efforts to marginalise Taiwan and promote its “One China” policy has been a challenge for many countries.
"As part of post COVID-19 recovery, new foundations for sustainable tourism and fisheries in Asia-Pacific SIDS must be built. These sectors must not only have extensive links to local communities and economies, but also be resilient to external shocks."

Sustainable Tourism and Fisheries Key to Growth in Post-COVID Pacific

Developing countries of Asia and the Pacific are experiencing unbalanced tolls of the COVID-19 pandemic. Grim milestones in infections and deaths have left countless devastated.
USP's Laucala Campus in Suva, Fiji.

USP, Pacific Regional Institutions and Governance

The recent University of the South Pacific (USP) Council meeting to address governance issues resulting in the reinstatement of its suspended Vice Chancellor may have opened a pathway for political will amongst leaders and politicians of Pacific Islands Forum member countries to push for better governance in regional institutions.
Women are over-represented in lower paid occupations such as these garment workers in Southeast Asia.

Women’s Economic Empowerment at a Time of Crisis: Can COVID-19 Be Different?

COVID-19 is a health crisis with far-reaching social and economic consequences, both immediate and stretching into an unpredictable future.

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