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Empowering women with technology: Lessons learnt from a Talanoa Dialogue

Empowering women with technology: Lessons learnt from a Talanoa Dialogue

May 20, 2020

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As new technologies and tools offer new job opportunities and avenues for economic advancement, women in the Pacific face fresh challenges alongside long-established ones, such as the “digital divide”. The Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector in Fiji contributes to economic growth and employment in the economy, with over 24000 MSMEs, mainly in the...

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Fiji’s electronic welfare transfer system

Fiji’s electronic welfare transfer system

April 20, 2020

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Digitizing social welfare payments can be a win-win for all stakeholders involved when done right; the recipients of welfare receive their payments in a more convenient and cost-effective way, the government can streamline services to make them more efficient and reduce illegitimate payment, and the service provider gains more customers. It was this thinking that...

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How women in Papua New Guinea are finding their way to Women’s Micro Bank

How women in Papua New Guinea are finding their way to Women’s Micro Bank

February 6, 2020

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Rural banking made easy with the Mama Bank Access Points Difficult geographies, a lack of physical infrastructure and limited technological skills are major reasons as to why people in Papua New Guinea are still underserved and underbanked. Only about 37% of the population has access to financial services. Supply and access coupled with confidence and...

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Tweaking a digital finance agent network to sustainably reach last-mile customers in Fiji

Tweaking a digital finance agent network to sustainably reach last-mile customers in Fiji

January 11, 2020

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Using the insights gathered we assess how Vodafone Fiji’s Mobile Village Agent network stacks against the six principles as suggested in CGAP’s technical guide for agent networks at the last mile.

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Closing the pension gap in the Pacific

Closing the pension gap in the Pacific

November 13, 2019

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by Beryl van Andel, Caroline van Dulleman and Krishnan Narasimhan People are getting older. So many of us are living longer lives that today one in five people is older than sixty. And as demographics are changing all across the globe, so are the ways we care for the older generation. Traditionally, in most cultures,...

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