Economic Opportunities for Women in the Pacific - Vanuatu

With no formal national private sector organization to represent their interests, ni-Vanuatu women continue to operate informally or semi-formally as micro-enterprises. Such operation results in combined impediments, including lack of access to information about the requirements to establish and run a formal business.

The 'Vanuatu Gender and Investment Climate Reform Assessment' [PDF] illustrates the need for ni-Vanuatu women to be included in the policy debate surrounding both the legal and regulatory impediments to doing business. With this, ni-Vanuatu business women can have a voice to ensure investment climate reforms also have a positive impact on the development of female-headed businesses.

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Case Study: Economic Opportunities for Women in the Pacific

In the Pacific region, women's ability to access and control income, and exert decision making power is yet to be fully realized.

The Gender and Investment Climate Reform Assessments for Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga and Vanuatu examines this issue by analyzing the constraints women in business face and provides recommendations for IFC to incorporate into its investment climate reform programs to reduce the gender specific obstacles.

For more information, view the Executive Summary.

To learn more about the women's individual stories of entrepreneurship, view Economic Opportunities for Women in the Pacific.