Nuku’alofa, June 23, 2020 – The Government of Tonga and the World Bank have provided conditional cash transfers to 1,162 Tongan households at a project launch in the Tongan capital, Nuku’alofa as part of an effort to address the financial constraints many households face in keeping their children in secondary school.
Understanding the socioeconomic impacts of the pandemic is crucial, including key risks and vulnerabilities impacting issues such as social cohesion, conflict management, gender inequality and gender-based violence. The Pacific Humanitarian Team (PHT) and its counterparts are currently gathering and analyzing information on the situation in the region, to determine how vulnerable people assisted through ongoing operations might be affected.
Millions of Pacific workers with previously stable incomes from the tourism sector are at risk of sliding into poverty, predicts a new International Labour Organisation (ILO) report. With government restrictions banning overseas travel as a result of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, tourist numbers have fallen to zero — impacting 15.3 million jobs in nations that are especially reliant on tourism like Fiji, the Maldives, Samoa, Vanuatu, Tonga, and the Cook Islands.
This paper examines the gender dimensions and implications of social protection in relation to rapid transformations in the globalizing economies in the Pacific region. The paper analyzes the dynamics of gender and social protection in three countries of the region – Papua New Guinea, Tonga and Vanuatu – and explores how best to approach social protection so as to promote gender equality rather than risk reinscribing prevailing gender inequalities.
Pacific Island countries are at the global forefront of climate change and natural hazards. When natural disasters do strike, the World Bank works with partners and governments to support their short and long-term recovery. Through the Pacific Regional Connectivity Program, people in the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa and Tuvalu are being connected to internet that’s faster, more reliable and cheaper; following the impact of similar work in Tonga. This work is delivering an average 60% reduction of internet prices, and a quadrupling of users.
This report presents the analysis of comprehensive 2015 data on social protection programs in 13 Pacific developing member countries. The report updates the result of the 2012 analysis published in The Social Protection Indicator: Assessing Results for the Pacific (ADB 2016). The report uses the Social Protection Indicator (SPI) for assessing the nature and effectiveness of social protection both within and across countries.
People living in remote communities in Tonga are expected to have better access to a range of social support services when teams are mobilized there under a pilot mobile service launched on February 5.
The mobile service, called “Rights, Empowerment and Cohesion” (REACH) is led by the Government of Tonga with support from UN Women and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).