Showing posts with label #RICEWEBB. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #RICEWEBB. Show all posts

Sunday, February 18, 2024

🌏 IMSPARK: Sustainable and Inclusive UN Tourism in the Pacific🌏


🌏 Imagine... Sustainable and Inclusive UN Tourism in the Pacific🌏

💡 Imagined Endstate: 

A Pacific region will follow the UN tourism guidelines to restart tourism in a way that is safe, seamless, and responsible. 

🔗Link: 

📚Source: 

UNWTO. (2020, May 28). UNWTO launches global guidelines to restart tourism. 

💥 What’s the Big Deal: 

By adopting measures such as health and safety protocols, digital transformation, and stakeholder collaboration, the Pacific region will enhance its tourism competitiveness and resilience, while also contributing to the global goals of sustainable development, climate action, and social justice.⚖️Tourism is a vital sector for the Pacific region, as it provides income, employment, and opportunities for many island communities. 🛫However, tourism has also been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has disrupted travel, reduced demand, and threatened livelihoods. 🌴The UN tourism guidelines offer a roadmap for the Pacific region to rebuild its tourism industry in a way that is not only profitable, but also sustainable and inclusive. 🏗️The guidelines aim to restore confidence among travelers and stakeholders, foster innovation and digitalization, and working toward the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

#UNTourism,#PacificRegion, #SustainableTourism, #InclusiveTourism,#Resilience,#RICEWEBB,#IMSPARK,

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

🌐IMSPARK: A Pacific Future with Inclusive Financial Systems🌐

🌐Imagine… A Pacific Future with Inclusive Financial Systems🌐




💡 Imagined Endstate: 

The Pacific region has successfully built an inclusive financial system that provides access and opportunity for all its residents, especially the low-income, unbanked, and underserved populations. The region has fostered a culture of innovation, trust, and leadership, where financial services and products are designed and delivered to meet the diverse and evolving needs of the people.


🔗Link:

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📚Source: 

Wallace, M.,  Borġ, E., & Griffin, K.  (2023). Building an inclusive financial system: A global economic & social imperative for this decade. Aspen Institute. 

 

💥 What's the Big Deal: 


Wallace et. al (2023) report reveals that an inclusive financial system is essential for achieving global economic and social goals, such as reducing poverty, promoting equality, and enhancing resilience.🏦The report also identifies an inclusive financial system's key elements and challenges, such as access, affordability, quality, diversity, and regulation🚀The report proposes a framework and a roadmap for action to advance inclusive financial systems at the global, regional, and national levels.

 An inclusive financial system is a crucial opportunity for the Pacific region, as it can provide a reliable and nutritious source of protein for its growing population, especially in the face of climate change, overfishing, and marine pollution. 🌅The Pacific region can enhance its economic growth, social cohesion, and political stability by building an inclusive financial system.💸An inclusive financial system can also support the region's innovation, trust, and leadership, providing access to well-being and prosperity.

 #InclusiveFinancialSystem,#WealthEquity,#PacificDiversity,#Access,#Opportunity,#Innovation,#IMSPARK, #Unbanked, #low-income, #underserved,#RICEWEBB,



Monday, February 5, 2024

🌏IMSPARK: A Pacific Future with Better Banking Services for Small Businesses 🌏



 🌏Imagine… A Pacific Future with Better Banking Services for Small Businesses 🌏


💡 Imagined Endstate: 


The Pacific region has successfully leveraged the best practices and insights from the McKinsey report on how banks can better serve small-business clients. The region has fostered a culture of innovation, trust, and partnership, where banks and small businesses work together to create value and growth.


🔗Link:


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📚Source: 


Campbell, B., Madan, A., Nunez Maxwell, M., Oliveira, F., & Sridharan, A. (2023). Five ways for banks to better serve small-business clients. McKinsey & Company. 


💥 What’s the Big Deal: 


The report by Campbell et al. (2023) reveals that small-business banking represents a significant opportunity for banks to strengthen their revenues and relationships, especially in the context of rising competition and changing customer expectations. 💳The report also identifies five ways for banks to serve better small-business clients: knowing what they want, capturing money in motion, delivering end-to-end cash flow management, integrating payments processing, and offering a broader suite of commercial enablement tools.


Small businesses are a vital driver of economic and social development for the Pacific region, especially in the face of global challenges such as climate change, health crises, and the digital divide.📱By leveraging the best practices and insights from the McKinsey report, the Pacific region can enhance its banking services for small businesses and increase their satisfaction, loyalty, and profitability.🏦 The banking services can also support the region’s innovation, trust, and partnership and enable more banks and small businesses to work together to create value and growth.


#SmallBusinessBanking, #microenterprise,#ValueCreation, #Innovation,#Partnership,#Pacific,#RICEWEBB,#IMSPARK,

Sunday, February 4, 2024

🛰️IMSPARK: Pacific where space technologies enhance disaster resilience🛰️

 🛰️Imagine...Pacific where space technologies enhance disaster resilience🛰️

💡 Imagined Endstate: 

Pacific countries and communities have the capacity and access to use space-based information and technologies to prevent, prepare, respond, and recover from natural hazards and disasters.

🔗Link:

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📚Source: 

UN-SPIDER. (n.d.). Advisory support.

💥 What’s the Big Deal: 

The Pacific region is highly exposed and vulnerable to various natural hazards and disasters, such as cyclones, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, and floods.🛡️Disasters have devastating impacts on lives, livelihoods, infrastructure, and ecosystems. 🌋UN-SPIDER’s advisory support aims to bridge the gap between disaster management and space communities and enable the effective use of space-based information and technologies for disaster risk management and emergency response. 🌊 By providing technical advisory missions, emergency support, recommended practices, and training activities, UN-SPIDER helps Pacific countries and communities harness the potential of space technologies to enhance their disaster resilience.


#IMSPARK, #UNSPIDER, #SpaceTechnology, #DisasterResilience, #PacificRegion,#RICEWEBB, 

   


Wednesday, January 31, 2024

🌊IMSPARK: A Pacific Future with Resilient and Equitable Communities: 🌊

🌊Imagine… A Pacific Future with Resilient and Equitable Communities: 🌊



💡 Imagined Endstate: 

The Pacific region has successfully participated in the Community Disaster Resilience Zones program, which provides priority access to federal funds for climate resilience and mitigation projects for the most at-risk and in-need communities. The region has fostered a culture of solidarity, cooperation, and partnership, where all stakeholders work together to ensure the resilience and equity of the communities.

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📚Source: 

Griswold, A. (2024). What could FEMA’s new disaster resilience zones mean for communities? Smart Cities Dive. 

💥 What’s the Big Deal: 

The article by Griswold (2024) reveals that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has designated 483 Community Disaster Resilience Zones across the nation, based on the National Risk Index and the Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool. 
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The zones will have priority access to federal funds for climate resilience and mitigation projects, as well as potential private and philanthropic investments. The article also discusses the challenges and opportunities of the program, such as the risk of green gentrification, the need for community engagement, and the potential for regional collaboration.

Resilience and equity are key challenges for the Pacific region, as it faces the impacts of climate change, natural hazards, and social disparities, especially among the low-income, unbanked, and underserved populations.  🤝By participating in the Community Disaster Resilience Zones program, the Pacific region can enhance its resilience and equity, and reduce the risk of morbidity and mortality.  🌟The program can also support the region’s solidarity, cooperation, and partnership, and enable more communities to access the resources and opportunities they need and deserve.



#Resilience, #Equity, #PacificFuture, #DisasterZones, #Partnership, #DRR,#RICEWEBB,,#IMSPARK 




Thursday, January 25, 2024


💳 Imagine… A Pacific Future with Inclusive Financial Systems💳 


💡 Imagined Endstate: 

The Pacific region has successfully built an inclusive financial system that provides access and opportunity for all its residents, especially the low-income, unbanked, and underserved populations. The region has fostered a culture of innovation, trust, and leadership, where financial services and products are designed and delivered to meet the diverse and evolving needs of the people.

🔗Link: 

📚Source: 

Wallace, M., & Rademacher, I. (2023). Building an inclusive financial system: A global economic & social imperative for this decade. Aspen Institute. 

💥 What’s the Big Deal: 

The report by Wallace and Rademacher (2023) reveals that an inclusive financial system is essential for achieving global economic and social goals, such as reducing poverty, promoting equality, and enhancing resilience. 🌏The report also identifies the key elements and challenges of an inclusive financial system, such as access, affordability, quality, diversity, and regulation🙌 The report proposes a framework and a roadmap for action to advance inclusive financial systems at the global, regional, and national levels. ⚖️An inclusive financial system is a key opportunity for the Pacific region, as it can empower its residents to participate in and benefit from the digital economy, especially in the face of global challenges such as climate change, health crises, and digital divide. 💻 By building an inclusive financial system, the Pacific region can enhance its economic growth, social cohesion, and political stability. 💰 An inclusive financial system can also support the region’s innovation, trust, and leadership, and enable more people to access financial services and products that improve their well-being and prosperity.



#InclusiveFinancialSystem, #PacificFuture, #Access, #Opportunity, #Innovation, #Apsen,#WealthEquity,#IMSPARK,#RICEWEBB,


Monday, January 22, 2024

💸 IMSPARK: A Pacific Future with Reduced Income Inequality💸

💸 Imagine… A Pacific Future with Reduced Income Inequality💸 


💡 Imagined Endstate: 

The Pacific region has successfully narrowed the income gap between the rich and the poor, as well as between different racial and gender groups. The region has fostered a culture of fairness, opportunity, and inclusion, where everyone has a decent standard of living and a chance to thrive.

🔗Link:

📚Source: 

McKay, L. C. (2023). The state of income inequality. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. 

💥 What’s the Big Deal: 

The article by McKay (2023) reveals that income inequality in the U.S. has been rising over the past 50 years, especially among the highest earners. 📈 The article also shows that income inequality varies across states, by gender, and by race, with Black incomes lagging behind White incomes in every state🌈 The article suggests that government redistribution has helped to mitigate, but not eliminate, the income disparities.💰Income inequality is a key challenge for the Pacific region, as it affects the economic and social well-being of its residents, especially the most vulnerable and marginalized groups. ⚖️By reducing income inequality, the Pacific region can enhance its economic growth, social cohesion, and political stability. Reducing income inequality can also support the region’s resilience to global challenges such as climate change, health crises, and digital divide.


#Income, #FRB, #WealthEquity#PacificFuture, #Fairness, #Opportunity, #Inclusion,#IMSPARK, 




Sunday, January 21, 2024

🌠 Imagine… A Pacific Future with Faster and More Reliable Internet Connectivity🌠

🌠 Imagine… A Pacific Future with Faster and More Reliable Internet Connectivity🌠


💡 Imagined Endstate: 

The Pacific region has successfully benefited from the Central Pacific Connect initiative, which consists of two new subsea cables that link the US, Guam, Palau, and Indonesia. The region has fostered a culture of digital transformation, innovation, and inclusion, where everyone has access to faster and more reliable internet connectivity.

🔗Link:

📚Source: 

Bannerman, N. (2024). Google launches Central Pacific Connect initiative with two new subsea cables. Capacity Media. 

💥 What’s the Big Deal:

The article by Bannerman (2024) reveals that Google has announced the Central Pacific Connect initiative, which aims to improve the internet connectivity and resilience of the Pacific region.🌐The initiative involves the construction of two new subsea cables: the Echo cable, which will connect the US, Guam, and Indonesia; and the Bifrost cable, which will connect the US, Guam, and Palau.🚀 The cables will use the latest optical fiber technology and have a combined capacity of over 100 terabits per second.

Internet connectivity is a key enabler of economic and social development for the Pacific region, especially in the face of global challenges such as climate change, health crises, and digital divide.🌟By participating in the Central Pacific Connect initiative, the Pacific region can enhance its internet speed, reliability, and diversity, and reduce its dependence on satellite and existing subsea cables.🙌The initiative can also support the region’s digital transformation, innovation, and inclusion, and enable more people to access online services, opportunities, and information.

#InternetConnectivity, #DigitalAcces, #PacificFuture, #PacificTransformation,#DisasterPreparedness,#DisasterResponse,#IMSPARK

Saturday, January 20, 2024

🌊IMSPARK: A Pacific Future with a Shared Vision🌊


🌊Imagine… A Pacific Future with a Shared Vision🌊




💡 Imagined Endstate: 

The Pacific region has successfully implemented the 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent, which articulates the region’s long-term vision, values, and key thematic areas for advancing the Pacific.

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📚Source: 

Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat. (2023). 2050 Strategy Implementation Plan 2023-2030. 

💥 What’s the Big Deal: 

The document by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (2023) outlines the implementation plan for the 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent, which was endorsed by the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders in 2022.  🌴The implementation plan provides a roadmap for the region to operationalize the 2050 Strategy, through collective actions, delivery timeframes, implementation arrangements, and resourcing requirements. 📈The implementation plan also identifies the roles and responsibilities of various actors, such as the Forum Secretariat, the Council of Regional Organisations of the Pacific, the Member States, the Associate Members, the Dialogue Partners, and the Non-State Actors.🤝The implementation of the 2050 Strategy is crucial for the Pacific region, as it represents the region’s shared vision and collective action to address the enduring and emerging challenges and opportunities that affect the region’s future1. The 2050 Strategy covers seven key thematic areas: environmental integrity, climate change and disaster resilience, ocean health and marine resources, regional security, economic prosperity, social equity and inclusion, and effective governance.🏝️ By implementing the 2050 Strategy, the Pacific region can enhance its resilience, sustainability, and well-being, and secure its peaceful, secure, and prosperous future.


#2050Strategy, #BluePacific, #Vision,#Resilience,#StrategicThinking,#IMSPARK,#RICEWEBB,

Thursday, January 18, 2024

🏠 IMSPARK: A Pacific Future with Fair and Equitable Access to Homeownership 🏠

🏠 Imagine… A Pacific Future with Fair and Equitable Access to Homeownership 🏠




💡 Imagined Endstate: 

A region that has fostered a culture of inclusion and diversity, where everyone has equal opportunity to build wealth and stability through homeownership.

🔗Link:

📚Source: 

Brown, J. R., & Cookson, J. A. (2024). Lender-reported reasons for mortgage denials don’t explain racial disparities. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. 

💥 What’s the Big Deal: 

The article by Brown and Cookson (2024) reveals that Black and Hispanic applicants are more likely to be denied mortgages than White applicants, even after controlling for income, credit score, and other factors. 🏦  The authors find that the lender-reported reasons for denials, such as debt-to-income ratio, credit history, and collateral, do not fully account for the racial gap in mortgage outcomes. 🌈 This suggests that there may be other factors at play, such as discrimination, bias, or structural barriers, that prevent people of color from accessing homeownership.

Homeownership is a key source of wealth and economic security for many Americans, especially in the Pacific region, where housing prices are high and rising. 🏘️ However, the racial gap in homeownership has persisted for decades, contributing to the racial wealth gap and intergenerational inequality. 📈 By addressing the root causes of mortgage denials and ensuring fair and equitable access to homeownership, the Pacific region can empower more people of color to achieve their financial goals and improve their quality of life.


#homeownership,#racialequity, #Mortgage,#WealthGap,#Pacific,#Poverty, #Inequality, #Participatory,#RICEWEBB, #IMSPARK,

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

🌟 IMSPARK: Sustainable Future for the Pacific🌟

🌟 Imagine... Sustainable Future for the Pacific🌟

💡 Imagined Endstate: 

A future where the Pacific region is a global leader in sustainable development, with thriving economies, healthy ecosystems, and resilient communities.

📚Source: 

World Economic Forum. (2024). The Global Cooperation Barometer 2024. 

💥 What’s the Big Deal: 

The Pacific region is home to some of the world’s most vulnerable communities and ecosystems. 🌊Climate change, overfishing, and pollution are just a few of the challenges that threaten the region’s future. However, the Pacific also has enormous potential for sustainable development. 🌴By investing in renewable energy, 🌞sustainable tourism, and ecosystem restoration, the region can create new economic opportunities while preserving its natural heritage. 🐠This IMSPARK calls on Pacific leaders to work together to build a sustainable future for the region, one that benefits both people and the planet.


#GlobalLeadership,#Pacific, #WorldEconomicForum,#ClimateChange,#Sustainability,#IMSPARK, 

Monday, January 15, 2024

🌴IMSPARK: Communities Prepared for any Climate Disaster🌴


 🌴Imagine... communities prepared for any climate disaster🌴

💡 Imagined Endstate: 

Pacific Islanders have access to reliable early warning systems, resilient infrastructure, and adaptive livelihoods that enable them to cope with and recover from the impacts of climate change and disasters.

🔗Link: 

📚Source: 

Bucci, N. (2020, December 18). FEMA makes advancements for climate resiliency. Homeland Security Today. 

💥 What’s the Big Deal: 

Climate change poses a serious threat to the Pacific Islands, where many people live in low-lying coastal areas that are vulnerable to sea level rise, storm surges, and flooding. 🌊 FEMA’s efforts to enhance climate resiliency can provide valuable lessons and best practices for the Pacific region, 🌏 such as integrating climate risk into disaster planning, investing in nature-based solutions, and engaging communities in resilience-building.🏠


#ClimateChange,#EarlyWarning Systems, #infrastructure,#adaptation,#DisasterResponse,#IMSPARK


Friday, January 12, 2024

🚨IMSPARK: Early Warning Systems and Early Action in the Pacific 🚨

 🚨Imagine Early Warning Systems and Early Action in the Pacific 🚨

💡 Imagined Endstate: 

Imagine a future where Pacific communities and organizations can benefit from early warning systems and early action that are tailored to their contexts. 

🔗Link: 

📚Source: 

Centre of Excellence for Disaster and Climate Resilience. (2021). Early warning systems and early action in fragile, conflict, and violent contexts: Addressing growing climate and disaster risks. 

💥 What’s the Big Deal: 

Early warning systems and early action are essential components of disaster risk management and resilience, as they can help prevent, prepare for, and respond to natural or man-made disasters. However, many Pacific countries face challenges and barriers in implementing and maintaining effective early warning systems and early action, due to their vulnerability, fragility, and conflict🌊 The Pacific region is highly exposed and vulnerable to natural hazards, such as cyclones, floods, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions, which can cause devastating human, economic, and environmental losses. 🌋 Moreover, many Pacific countries experience fragility, and disorganization which can exacerbate the impacts of disasters and hamper the efforts of disaster risk management and resilience.📡 Early warning systems and early action can help reduce these impacts by providing timely and accurate information, enabling informed decision-making, and facilitating prompt and coordinated action. However, early warning systems and early action require special attention and adaptation, as they may face challenges such as lack of trust, cooperation, resources, data, or infrastructure. 🕊️Therefore, there is a need for guidance, best practices, and resources to support the establishment and strengthening of early warning systems and early action in these contexts, and to ensure that they are inclusive, participatory, and sustainable.


#COE,#DRR,#EarlyWarning Systems, #EarlyAction,#ClimateAdaptation,#DisasterPreparedness, #IMSPARK, 


Thursday, January 11, 2024

📱 IMSPARK: Social Media and Crowdsourcing Can Boost Disaster Resilience in the Pacific 📱

📱 Imagine… Social Media and Crowdsourcing Can Boost Disaster Resilience in the Pacific 📱



💡 Imagined Endstate: 

Imagine a future where Pacific communities and organizations can leverage the power of social media and crowdsourcing to enhance their disaster risk management processes. 

🔗Link: 


📚Source: 

Links Consortium. (2021). Social media and crowdsourcing for disaster risk management and resilience: A European perspective.

💥 What’s the Big Deal:

Social media and crowdsourcing are innovative ways of using online platforms and tools to collect, organize, analyze, and share data and information from various sources, such as citizens, experts, or sensors. Social media and crowdsourcing can help improve disaster resilience in the Pacific by providing early warning systems, situation awareness, public engagement, feedback mechanisms, and learning opportunities. 🌏 The Pacific region is highly exposed and vulnerable to natural hazards, such as cyclones, floods, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions, which can cause devastating human, economic, and environmental losses. Social media and crowdsourcing can help reduce these losses by enhancing information access, decision-making capabilities, and stakeholder participation in disaster risk management. 🚨 Social media and crowdsourcing can also help create a culture of disaster preparedness and resilience in the Pacific. However, there are also challenges and barriers to implementing social media and crowdsourcing in disaster risk management, such as cooperation, digital literacy, citizen inclusion, data quality, privacy, and ethics. 💪Therefore, there is a need for guidance, best practices, and resources to support the effective and responsible use of social media and crowdsourcing in disaster risk management.


#Crowdsourcing,#socialmedia,#Pacific,#DRR,#SocialCapital,#IMSPARK

🦤 IMSPARK: Healthy and Diverse Migratory Species in the Pacific🦤

 🦤 Imagine... Healthy and Diverse Migratory Species in the Pacific🦤  💡 Imagined Endstate:  In the next 3-5 years, the Pacific region will...