Markets for Change (M4C) is an initative of UN Women that aims to ensure that marketplaces in rural and urban areas of Fiji, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu are safe, inclusive and non-discriminatory, promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment.
As implementing partner, UNDP works to improve the livelihoods of women market vendors and farmers through financial literacy and agricultural training. The aim is to improve the income and productivity of market vendors and farmers.
Four UN Volunteers support the UNDP M4C project team: three national UN Volunteer Project Assistants based in Fiji, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands, and an international UN Volunteer Gender Specialist, who is working across the three countries.
The spirit and positive energy of the UN Volunteers provide an additional dimension to our work, especially to the Markets for Change project. This involves getting to know the individuals in the communities and working together over time to find the best way to achieve economic and social empowerment. Patrick Tuimalealiifano, Deputy Team Leader, UNDP Pacific Office