d, however, women living in the Pacific face intersecting challenges that can make them all but invisible to the rest of the world. While globally donors are increasing their funding for gender equality and women’s empowerment, funding disbursements by OECD DAC members have stagnated over recent years in the Pacific. Less than 1% of grant funding is directed to women’s organisations in the region.
The means of funding Pacific women’s organisations (PWOs) is changing rapidly, bringing in new partners and a new way of working. But there is a gender data gap in relation to donor funding of PWOs. And there is a need to amplify and facilitate the voice of PWOs in funding decisions.
Over 40 organisations including funders, financial and business intermediaries, women’s civil society organisations, and Disabled Persons Organisations (DPOs) were interviewed between February – May 2019 to seek insights into the funding of women’s organisations in Fiji, Papua New Guinea and more broadly across the Pacific.
The demonstrations sweeping across the world today signal that, despite unprecedented progress against poverty, hunger and disease, many societies are not working as they should. The connecting thread, is inequality.
Just as the gap in basic living standards is narrowing for millions of people, the necessities to thrive have evolved.
A new generation of inequalities is opening up, around education, and around technology and climate change -- two seismic shifts that, unchecked, could trigger a ‘new great divergence’ in society of the kind not seen since the Industrial Revolution.
In countries with very high human development, for example, subscriptions to fixed broadband are growing 15 times faster and the proportion of adults with tertiary education is growing more than six times faster than in countries with low human development.
The report analyzes inequality in three steps: beyond income, beyond averages, and beyond today and proposes a battery of policy options to tackle it.
The Solevaka team is grateful for the valuable comments and perspectives shared
by contributors to the E-Consultation on the Pacific Climate Action that was held for two months.
Most views highlighted the impacts of climate change and the lack of information sharing on efforts in the region. The voices of young people and their request to be included in initiatives were raised.
Information sharing continues to be highlighted as an important practice that needed to be strengthened particularly given that the landscape of projects is vast in the climate change space and information is scatted.
Following the closure of the e-discussions or forum, the team has summarized the contributions and the synthesis report.