The Pacific Wellspring, 2015

Insights from Pacific Microfinance Week 2015. Discussions of challenges and achievements of poverty reduction in developing countries around the world usually focus on Africa, Asia and periodically Latin America, but only occasionally on our near neighbours in the South Pacific. In absolute terms the number of people living in poverty and disadvantage in the former regions certainly is great. However, in relative terms, the South Pacific has amongst the poorest metrics in the world in areas such as financial inclusion and economic opportunities for women. The Pacific Islands might be overlooked on the global stage but we can learn much from the ideas, achievements and best practice emanating from our Pacific neighbours.