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How solar pay-as-you-go energy is helping Papua New Guineans access financial services

How solar pay-as-you-go energy is helping Papua New Guineans access financial services

June 19, 2020

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By Rose Payne In Papua New Guinea (PNG) over 80% of the population don’t have access to grid electricity. This means that people turn to expensive, unreliable and unsustainable energy sources for their everyday needs. Without access to electricity people can really suffer; children are unable to do their homework, business owners can only operate...

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Making funeral insurance accessible to Samoans for the first time

Making funeral insurance accessible to Samoans for the first time

June 11, 2020

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How AIC adopted a test and learn approach  By Alex Reddaway Insurance products rarely feature prominently in the development headlines. This is particularly the case with funeral insurance. Yet, while insurance may underdeliver on excitement, it often overdelivers on impact, building resilience in low-income populations by identifying and addressing areas of vulnerability. Samoa retains many...

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Five reasons women in Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea are financially excluded

Five reasons women in Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea are financially excluded

June 5, 2020

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By Rose Payne “Unspoken cultural rules still control us”. This was one teenage girl’s assessment of why women are less financially included than men in Papua New Guinea. Recent studies carried out by the Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme (PFIP) in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Solomon Islands support her statement. PNG has the highest gender...

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Unlocking pension fund savings for COVID-19 relief

Unlocking pension fund savings for COVID-19 relief

June 1, 2020

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By Sunil C. Sharma, PHB Development As of the end of May 2020, there are still no cases of COVID-19 in the Pacific nation of Solomon Islands. Yet, public health measures introduced by the government to protect the population had an economic impact that would threaten the social security of thousands of Solomon Islanders. Providing...

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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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