Pacific Regional

MDF Pacific Regional includes MDF Samoa, Vanuatu and Tonga.

MDF TL has stimulated

USD 4.2m

in private sector investment

and generated

USD 10.7m

in additional income



women and men

Our work in Pacific Regional

MDF started its Pacific Regional work in 2021, based out of MDF Fiji. Our Pacific Regional portfolio is also funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT).

A key objective of MDF Pacific Regional is to explore and deliver regional investment opportunities, while also pursuing inclusive growth in Samoa, Vanuatu, and Tonga. To achieve this, MDF leverages the networks, partnerships and knowledge built through many years of work in Fiji and other MDF countries.  

Key focus areas for Pacific Regional include agriculture, tourism, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), transport and logistics, financial and business development services.


COVID-19 response and recovery

As a small island nation heavily dependent on importing and transporting goods, services and people, COVID-19 had an outsized impact on the economy. MDF Timor-Leste responded by pausing tourism interventions, supporting coffee exporters to continue operating and generating market intelligence on pandemic-related disruptions.

With the border recently reopened, MDF TL is restarting work on tourism while addressing emerging shocks related to inflation, food, and input prices.

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Inclusive Growth

MDF's work in Timor-Leste has contributed to a transformative impact on the country’s poorest. In 2021, MDF generated USD 10,711,864 in additional income for poor women and men, with women comprising 50 per cent of beneficiaries. Many of MDF’s partner businesses achieved good results on inclusivity, particularly women’s economic empowerment and benefits to people with disabilities.
Climate change and disaster resilience is a central part of MDF’s theory of change. Coffee is particularly vulnerable to global warming, as coffee trees grow best in cooler temperatures and as global temperatures gradually rise, the areas suitable for coffee farming are expected to decrease. MDF’s work in coffee rehabilitation includes supporting coffee businesses to establish nurseries to grow coffee seedlings, as well as non-coffee seedlings that can serve as intercropped trees.

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