The category of Least Developed Country (LDC) was created by the United Nations as a recognition that certain countries face particularly serious obstacles. Currently, there are four Pacific Island nations facing the prospect of graduation from this status - Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Kiribati and Tuvalu.
After almost a year of providing psychological and psychiatric services to refugees in Nauru, Médecins Sans Frontières has been forced to leave the island this month by Nauru’s government. In November 2017, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), also known as Doctors Without Borders, started providing critically-needed mental health care to refugees – many of whom have attempted suicide – and…Read more
Based in the Solomon Islands, Kokonut Pacific works in partnership with local communities to improve their lives by building sustainable value chains and revitalising the smallholder coconut industry with innovative technology. Founder, Dr Dan Etherington, shares the story of his coconut odyssey. Sri Lanka has been called the land of ‘serendipity’ – meaning a surprising, delightful, unexpected discovery.…Read more
Unless we’re in the grips of an extreme weather event, climate change can seem like a very distant issue for people living in developed countries. In sharp contrast, the effects of dangerous climate change are often keenly and intimately felt by those living in the Pacific Islands. It’s not just political or environmental – it’s…Read more