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Seminar on Well-being from Work in the Pacific
May 9, 2014Japan Multipurpose Theatre, University of South Pacific, Suva, Fiji

Over half of Pacific Islanders are under 24 – the highest youth population of any region in the world. Meanwhile in some countries up to 58 percent of young people are estimated to be out of work. New approaches will be needed for Pacific island economies to generate sufficient jobs, especially for women and youth. But what role is there for public policy, and where will new job opportunities be located? How might benefits from migration best be captured for Pacific island economies?


Dr Gordon Nanau, School of Government, Development and International Affairs, USP
Gordon Nanau is a Lecturer of Politics and International Affairs at the University of the South Pacific, Fiji. He obtained his PhD from the University of East Anglia’s School of International Development in the United Kingdom. His doctoral dissertation was devoted to understanding the impacts of globalisation on local people’s livelihoods in the South Pacific, particularly Melanesia. Dr. Nanau is also the Chair and Head of the Oceania Development Network (ODN). He has researched, presented and published articles and books chapters in the areas of ethnicity, decentralisation, conflicts and peacemaking, land tenure, rural development, and constitutional reforms on Solomon Islands and Melanesia.


Tobias Haque, Economist – Poverty Reduction and Economic Management, World Bank 
Tobias is an economist in the Pacific Islands Country Management Unit of the World Bank, as part of the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management team. Based in Suva, Fiji, he works with governments across the Pacific advising on economic policy and public financial management. Prior to joining the World Bank, Tobias worked as an economic consultant and in various positions within the New Zealand Government. Tobias holds postgraduate qualifications in economics, political-economy, and international development.

Manohar Sharma, Senior Poverty Specialist, World Bank
Manohar works in the Poverty Reduction unit for the East Asia Pacific Region of the World Bank. Based in Washington, D.C. he is currently working on a number of projects including Institutional Strengthening for Labour Migration in Pacific Island Countries and Regional Work on Inequality and Mobility across East Asia and the Pacific. He holds a PhD in agricultural economics from Cornell University and a Master of Economics from the University of New England. 

Jesse Doyle, Labour Migration Specialist – Poverty Reduction and Economic Management, World Bank |
Jesse is a labour migration specialist with the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management team. He works on issues pertaining to labour mobility across the Pacific and is based out of the Sydney office. He is currently working on a report assessing the low employer take-up in Australia's Seasonal Worker Program. Before joining the World Bank, Jesse was employed as a research officer with the Development Policy Centre in Canberra. He holds a postgraduate qualification in international and development economics from the Australian National University.

event details
  • WHEN: Friday 9 May, 10:30am – 12 noon (please arrive by 10:15am in order to be seated on time)
  • WHERE: Japan Pacific Multipurpose Theatre, University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji
  • ONLINE STREAMING: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/usplivestream
  • RSVP/CONTACT: pacificmedia@worldbank.org