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A customer with her pay-as-you-go solar power solution from a DFAT partnership with Sola PayGo, Bmobile and d.light in Hanuabada, Papua New Guinea. BPP/Sarah Wiles. The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has announced ten new private sector partnerships in the Business Partnerships Platform’s (BPP) third funding round.  The BPP enables businesses to…

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A Pacific Partnership Profile Now 18 months in partnership, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Samoan manufacturer Krissy Co., Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand (Fairtrade ANZ) and the Savai’i Coconut Farmers Association (SCFA) consider the successes of the partnership and navigating challenges together in creating a sustainable coconut cream export business.   The…

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Photo: A treatment team comprised of officers from the Laos Department of Livestock and Fisheries, local farmers and Managing Director of Australian agribusiness, 4 Season Co., Chick Olsson.    The Business Partnerships Platform brings together partners with a common objective to solve development challenges. In Laos, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT),…

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This is the story of Sikandar Zaman, a farmer from Punjab Province in Pakistan. Zaman says: “I did not imagine that the PAVE project would totally change my mindset and my approach [to farming].” Zaman is one of 4,000 small-holder farmers who have participated in PAVE Pakistan, a BPP initiative to improve seed quality and…

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With more than three million tourists visiting Myanmar in 2017, the country’s growing tourism sector presents an opportunity to create inclusive economic growth. The World Travel and Tourism Council estimates an 8.4 percent increase in visitors to Myanmar by 2025, making the sector the largest contributor to the country’s GDP. While much of the tourism…

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Ma Cho Cho Than, Founder - Sweet Memories

Ma Naw Eh Way runs her own business and employs women with a disability to make jewelry from their home. For many women it’s their first opportunity to earn a sustainable income. Way’s business is one of nine selected by the Myanmar Tourism Hub to be supported through skills training. The Hub is a Business…

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“Through their home-stay income, [local workers] can afford a good education for their children and manage household expenses. The women feel empowered now” says Geeta Pun Magar, Ayodhyapuri BZUC Community Homestay owner. For the Chairperson of the Community Homestay, Mohan Bahadur Pun Magar, the impact goes beyond the tangible. “The homestay has helped give us…

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Access to reliable electricity is essential to help alleviate poverty and to enable communities to grow. There are more than 800 million people in rural India, many of whom lack access to regular electricity. Bringing dependable and more affordable energy to communities will help improve the local economy, enable businesses to thrive, and improve living…

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