Pacific Islands Nations

The Asia Foundation is resuming a physical presence in the Pacific and expanding its programs, building on decades of on-the-ground experience in the region. Initial programs include strengthening the capacity of civil society organizations and government agencies working on public oversight and accountability; partnering with local NGOs and government agencies to reduce gender-based violence; strengthening disaster risk management capacity; enhancing digital economic opportunities and cybersecurity; and leadership development. We’ll distribute books to schools, CSOs and government agencies through our Books for Asia program, and produce local-language digital and print children’s books though our Let’s Read initiative.

Sandra Kraushaar is the new director for the Pacific Islands. Sandra comes from Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra and will assume her new role in mid-September. She will relocate to Suva, Fiji when travel restrictions ease.


The Asia Foundation – Pacific Island Nations

Online platforms where businesses access APEC economies

The 2018 APEC App Challenge in Papua New Guinea addressed a persistent issue: how to connect small and micro enterprises in the handicraft sector, many of whom live and work far from major urban centers that are cut off from technology-driven trade, to greater market opportunities. In partnership with Google, APEC, and Australian DFAT, the Foundation brought teams of software developers from across the Asia-Pacific to participate in a marathon coding session. We worked with the winners of the challenge—an inspiring father and daughter team from Port Moresby whose app helps local artisanal weavers of traditional bilum bags connect with more customers and grow their business—to demonstrate the app for trade ministers and policymakers at the APEC Economic Leaders Week.