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Women's Economic Empowerment

MDF's new WEE Framework

MDF recently published a new strategic guidance note about integrating Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) into the MDF approach. It focuses on using WEE as a pathway to contributing to achieving gender equality – one of the overarching and cross-cutting goals at MDF.
"We are trying to aim for a fair and equal society where men and a women have equal rights and equal access, but there is a very economic reason as well," said Vicky Carter, MDF Results Measurement Manager and one of the authors of the paper. See the full story here.

Video and Photo Essay

More milk – better livelihoods

MDF Pakistan's Dairy and Meat Sector team have produced a new documentary about the dairy sector looking at partnerships with innovative silage makers  (a fermented animal feed) and a business setting up milk collection centres across the country. A photo essay brings to life the process of making silage and the benefits it brings to dairy farmers in increasing milk yields and the health of their animals.  

DCED Case Study

Building a Learning Culture – The case of the Market Development Facility in Fiji

This case focuses on the attitudes and behaviors at the core of MDF’s organisational culture and how MDF manager's influence establishes effective norms. The heart of the case is a series of interviews  with MDF managers, staff and donor where they describe in their own words the MDF culture, how it works, how it developed, and how it benefits them and the programme. Read the full case study here.

Systemic Change

MDF's new Systemic Change Framework

A new Strategic Guidance Note outlines that "MDF's work essentially creates pathways – via investments business innovations and regulatory reforms resulting in better functioning markets – where the poor can work themselves out of poverty."

MDF's strategic positioning of a series of partnerships, each reinforcing the other to break down barriers to pro-poor growth will produce truly robust and transformational change in the economies it works. Read the full paper to see how MDF tackles the challenges of defining the systemic changes it expects from the sectors it targets, here.

Partner Launch Pakistan 

Australian High Commissioner launches new shoe-last facility

On opening the facility, which is the first-of-its-kind in Pakistan, High Commissioner Margaret Adamson said it would usher in a new level of competitiveness for the Pakistan shoe industry by manufacturing plastic shoe-lasts – the foundation of any shoe – traditionally imported from India, China or Italy. The partnership with Intra-Systek aims to develop the local footwear and leather sectors, creating 380 new full and part-time jobs, including for women. See the full story here.

Cleaner stoves cooking up a storm in Timor-Leste

Time saving and health promoting cook stoves that use less firewood and create less smoke are being promoted in Timor-Leste through a partnership with Concrete Product Business who produces the stoves using cheap, local materials. "In the past, we roughly used a bundle of firewood every day just for cooking and boiling water – now a bundle of firewood can be used to cook and boil water daily for four or five days," said Paulo Martins Tavares, a farmer from Atabae in Bobonaro District. Read the full story here.

Faces of Pro Poor Growth 

Kaliq Shah – driving the engines of shoe last manufacturing in Pakistan

The future seemed dismal for Khaliq Shah, a mechanic working in a bread factory when an accident resulted in a hand injury. He did not receive any compensation from the factory, said goodbye to mechanical work and started work as a driver in a garment factory. In a serendipitous turn of events, he joined Intra-Systek – a manufacturing company – in 2007 as the driver for the CEO. Now he is working as a Maintenance Supervisor at the facility. Read the full story here.


Fiji's natural mud pools generates income opportunities

A group of Australian Members of Parliament visited Tijafek Mud Pool and Hot Springs in July to learn how businesses are diversifying Fiji's tourism experience outside of the Danerau area. Senator Ian Macdonald was delighted to hear how tourism dollars are going to the hardworking Fijian women and men employed at Tifajek. Read the full story here.

Partner Launch
New refinery delivers Timor-Leste's first iodised salt

NPM Industries launched its salt manufacturing facility in September, a first-of-its-kind in Timor-Leste. During the opening Australia's Ambassador, Peter Doyle said that modernising salt manufacturing and adding iodine creates a triple win. It benefits local salt collectors, local industry and the health of Timorese consumers. Read the full story here.
Join team members from MDF PNG as they travel to remote places in the country scoping potential sectors. They delve into the tourism and manufacturing sectors in East New Britain province in this field diary and discover many of the challenges and opportunities present in developing the private sector in the country. Read the full diary here.

Fiji's antidote to a stressed out world

Taki Mai, a locally grown kava-infused dietary supplement, received positive feedback from local hoteliers and international visitors at the Fiji Tourism Expo in mid-June. Through its partnership with MDF, South Pacific Elixirs production facility has now achieved full HACCP and CGMP certification allowing Taki Mai products to adhere to high international standards required by the United States, Australia, New Zealand and other Asian markets. Read the full story here.

Agribusiness Forum
Linking agribusiness and tourism in Fiji

MDF partners Southern Solutions, The Crab Company, Farmboy and Adi Chocolates and MDF staff participated in the annual Pacific Agribusiness Forum in July. A major focus of the forum was boosting local agribusinesses by linking local production to the developing and growing tourism industry in Fiji. Read the full story here.
See a short video from DFAT.

Ministerial Statement
Australia's engagement with the private sector in aid and development

The Hon Julie Bishop, Australia's Minister for Foreign Affairs launched a statement on engaging the private sector engagement in aid and development. She invited the private sector "To collaborate with us and build sustainable solutions that tackle development challenges in our region whilst delivering commercial returns." MDF is playing an important part in this engagement with the private sector in developing countries. See a short video from DFAT.


MDF stimulates investment, business innovation and regulatory reform to create additional jobs and increase income for poor women and men in rural and urban areas in the Indo-Pacific region.


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