31 May 2013

How PSDI is helping to advance the economic empowerment of women in the Pacific

Asian Development Bank advisor, Samantha-Jane Odbert, highlights how PSDI's work in the Pacific is enhancing the economic empowerment of women (EEOW) through private sector development. The regional learning workshop, held in Suva, Fiji in May 2013, was co-hosted by AusAID and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, and was part of the design process for the Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development Initiative, through which Australia has committed $320 million over 10 years to improve the legal, political, economic and social opportunities of Pacific Women. 
Identifying gender as a cross-cutting issue for PSDI, Samantha presents the Company Haus case study in the Solomon Islands, where the EEOW in that country has been positively impacted through broader business law reforms fostered by PSDI. EEOW is now a core focus area for PSDI.

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