Features Archive May 2022

According to Ms. Lasaqa, while mobile money services have the potential to boost economic growth and productivity, other challenges in the country around policy and infrastructure would also need to be addressed.

Lasaqa: Mobile Money will Improve Access to Financial Services Among the Underserved in Solomon Islands

Christina Lasaqa, Our Telekom’s new and first woman CEO, describes her December 2021 appointment as a “massive achievement for women” in the country’s telecommunications sector “because it's been a male-dominated industry since its establishment”.
Australian High Commissioner to the Solomon Islands, Dr. Lachie Strahan with young entrepreneurs that were awarded with the grant through YECSI.

YECSI Awards Grants to Innovative Young Entrepreneurs With Support From Strongim Bisnis

The Young Entrepreneurs Council of Solomon Islands (YECSI) and Strongim Bisnis who is the major supporter of Ennovation Blo Iumi program successfully held the grant contract signing agreement with the three 2021/2022 EBI2.0 business winners namely Empire Barber shop, Twice Is Nice and Cravings at the Mendana Hotel on Thursday 12 May 2022.
The decision will impact logging companies’ responsibilities and in particular residents of villages who are not primary landowners.

Landmark Case Impacting Logging Companies and Re-Defining Residents Affected in Solomon Islands

A person does not need to be a landowner to have standing to bring action against a logging company for environmental damage.
FAO’s SIDS Solution Platform, in addition to the SIDS solution Forum and Dialogue, have propelled the implementation of innovative ideas like My Kana. Innovations are essential for transforming food production, distribution and consumption.

“People in Their 30s and 40s Dying:” Says My Kana App Developer

Irene Chief’s words are stark as she describes what spurred her and her colleague Kama Ateca to do something about unhealthy diets in their island nation of Fiji.
Solomon Islands Technical Specialist, Zoe Victoria Tate said: "Mobile money has the potential to drive financial inclusion and boost economic activity and digital innovation in the Solomon Islands, where more than 71% of the largely young population owns a mobile phone."

UNCDF Partners with Our Telekom to Develop Mobile Money Services in Solomon Islands

The UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) is embarking on a joint historic project with Our Telekom to launch mobile money services in Solomon Islands in efforts to boost financial inclusion and transform the digital payments ecosystem in the country.
Grade 9 students at Norsup Secondary School, Malekula Island in Vanuatu.

Time to Reprioritise Girls’ Education

“If you educate a girl, you educate a nation,” an African proverb tells us. While it is important to invest in the education of girls for their own sake, benefits ripple to children, families, and their communities more broadly when women and girls have access to education.