For many, Pacific Island Countries conjure up images of “tropical paradise” – palm trees, remote islands, fecund gardens - but evidence suggests that the reality for Pacific Islanders may be more complicated.
“Extreme” poverty or severe hunger is rare in the Pacific. However new analysis tells us that over 20 percent of Pacific Islanders are living in hardship - unable to meet their basic needs - reaching 40 percent in Papua New Guinea. Inequality is also on the rise in several Pacific Island Countries, and comparable to figures in East Asia.
In the region’s urban areas, now home to about half the region's population, poverty has become increasingly visible, and in many communities the cash economy is bringing new challenges.
How do Pacific Islanders understand “poverty”? What does the latest data tell us about the face of poverty in the Pacific and the changing nature of risk? What role are traditional systems playing, and what more can governments, communities and development organisations do to protect people from hardship?
Drawing on new analysis from the Pacific, the discussion will bring together Rex Horoi, Executive Director for the Foundation of the Peoples of the South Pacific International (FSPI); David Abbott, Economic Development Specialist and Truman Packard, Lead Economist, Human Development Sector at the World Bank.
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Refreshments will be provided. The discussion will last an hour, with 30 minutes set aside for questions from the audience.
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