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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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Fiji’s electronic welfare transfer system

Fiji’s electronic welfare transfer system

April 20, 2020

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By Rose Payne 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...

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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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