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July 24, 2014

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Arizona State University have partnered to train local trainers and technicians to install, operate, and maintain clean energy systems in the Pacific Islands. The program, called Vocational Training and Education for Clean Energy or VOCTEC, has established a partnership with the PNG University of Technology (Unitech) in Lae to deliver solar energy training. The launch of the program will take place on July 21 at Unitech’s East Taraka Campus, and the training will continue through July 25.

VOCTEC’s Train-the-Trainer approach will provide technicians a support system and build Unitech’s capacity by providing curriculum, equipment, and training manuals. The training program also incorporates gender issues and focuses on entrepreneurial skills.

Seven million Pacific Islanders cannot power their homes because they are too far from existing electricity grids. “Solar is the perfect technology to provide power to these remote communities, but they often lack the technical support to install and maintain solar systems,” highlighted Maurice Knight, USAID Pacific Islands Director.

US Government to Launch Grant Facility to Support Climate Change Initiatives  in the Pacific Islands Region
April 30, 2014

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is launching the five-year Pacific-American Climate Fund (PACAM) in Suva on March 26 to help communities in Pacific Island countries adapt to effects of climate change.

US, Germany Partner to Boost Climate Change Resilience of Solomon Islands
March 27, 2014

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Germany’s aid agency, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ- commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development- BMZ), entered into a new partnership today to support the Choiseul Integrated Climate Change Programme (CHICHAP) in the Solomon Islands.

January 31, 2014

The U.S. Embassy in Suva announced the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will provide $500,000 USD ($950,000 FJD) to support Fiji’s transition to a democratic and inclusive political system and its upcoming elections.

Students Learn Typhoon-Resistant Construction Techniques in Majuro
June 12, 2013

USAID sponsored a week-long carpentry workshop at the College of Marshall Islands’ (CMI) Arrak campus in Majuro, Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI) from March 4 to 8.

Pretest for National HIV/AIDS Prevalence Survey in PNG Completed
June 12, 2013

USAID, the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and the Australian Agency for International Development are supporting the first-ever Integrated Bio-Behavioral Survey (IBBS) to help identify the drivers of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

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Last updated: July 30, 2014

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