COVID-19

A tale of two sectors: Women leaders bridging the formal and informal sectors during Vanuatu’s COVID crisis

Anna Naupa explores how women leaders are bridging both formal and informal sectors to drive the Vanuatu government's COVID-19 tourism response and recovery. Read More

The impact of COVID-19 and policy measures undertaken in Papua New Guinea

The unprecedented scale and magnitude of the COVID-19 damage across the globe has caused loss of human life and massive disruption to economic activity. The… Read More

The impact of COVID-19 on women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights in Myanmar

Social and political institutions limit women and girls’ access to economic independence and political representation in Myanmar. This includes women and girls’ access to sexual and reproductive care, including family planning services. Read More

How the great Indian lockdown became the great Indian ‘policy disaster’

What happened? How did the great Indian lockdown fail to produce the expected outcomes? It appears that, instead of ‘flattening’ the pandemic curve, the lockdown strategy merely delayed it for a while. Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 22 July

In this week’s Pacific bulletin, Tess Newton Cain looks at COVID-19 update, unemployment support progress in the northern Pacific, PNG supports China in UN vote, Fiji Budget handed down and pardons in Vanuatu. Read More

Adapting remittances to the new normal—the case of Fiji

Remittance flow is falling victim to COVID-19. Eserani Munivai suggests expanding connectivity may enhance financial and digital literacy to reduce costs and deepen access across previously excluded segments in Pacific societies. Read More

Regional wrap | 54

 ‘Australia has to act; we have to build the region and the world we want. If we don’t, others will do it for us. And… Read More

China, if you think everyone’s against you, it’s time to reflect

Beijing’s foreign policy has to take into account challenges from both nuclear-armed neighbours and strategic competitors. But it’s time for self reflection on whether ‘wolf warrior’ diplomacy is the best response, says Kai He Read More

COVID-19 has disrupted data collection as well…

Prior to COVID-19, gathering and compiling economic data was burdensome in the Solomon Islands. Coupled with the lack of political commitment to adequately resource national institutions responsible for collection and dissemination of economic data, the outbreak of COVID-19 and the scale down of the government’s workforce to skeleton staff and social distancing has further hampered the flow of economic data between data providers and data users. Read More

Women are most affected by pandemics — lessons from past outbreaks

Women are most affected by pandemics. The social and economic impacts of COVID-19 fall harder on women than on men. Governments need to gather data and target policy to keep all citizens equally safe, sheltered and secure. Read More

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