Tonga resources

July 2021

  1. Feeding the future of Tonga

    24 July 2021

    Through the Informal Economies Recovery Project, IFAD is supporting a range of agricultural development activities across Tonga, including supporting the investment in seedlings for homestead gardens to improve food security.

  2. MPTF Informal Economies Recovery Project Monthly Newsletter - June - July 2021 edition

    22 July 2021

    This e-newsletter highlighting the stories of beneficiaries and support provided to them by the Informal Economies Recovery Project funded by the UN COVID Multi-Trust Partnership Fund, jointly implemented by ILO, UNESCO, UNDP and IFAD.

  3. Tonga’s first ever tapa trade show to commence in August

    22 July 2021

    The newly-formed Tonga National Tapa-making Workers' Association [TNTWA] plans to inaugurate the association with the country’s first-ever Tapa Trade Show. Organized in partnership with the Tonga Public Service Association, TNTWA was formed through the support of the UN’s Informal Economies Recovery Project. The trade show is expected to be the first of an annual quarterly calendar, aimed at boosting members’ income flow.

  4. Diary of a Project Coordinator: Katrina Ma'u Fatiaki’s Observations from the COVID-Free Kingdom of Tonga

    22 July 2021

    Katrina has put down some of her interesting observations in the form of a diary entry, to give us a snapshot of what the Informal Economies Recovery Project is doing on the ground in Tonga, and what life is looking like at the moment, as COVID remains safely locked out of the Island Kingdom

  5. ILO statement for the July edition of the MPTF Informal Economies Recovery Project Monthly Newsletter

    22 July 2021

    By Mr Matin Karimli, Director, ILO Office for Pacific Island Countries

  6. Strengthening & Promoting Business Development Services (BDS) for COVID-19 Recovery in Tonga

    01 July 2021

    The Tongan Ministry of Trade and Economic Development (MTED) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), allowing for mutual participation in the planning and implementation of the activities that will enable micro and small enterprise, particularly the informal sector to access business training, advisory services and mentoring.

June 2021

  1. Supporting the development of the National Employment Policy in Tonga, aiming at inclusive structural transformation and environmental sustainability

    29 June 2021

    The purpose of the seminar was to help government and social partners to understand the requirements for the development and implementation of a high-quality gender-responsive policy based on relevant information and analysis for review and adoption by the respective key authorities.

  2. Seminar on Development of National Employment Policy for Structural Transformation & Environmental Sustainability

    The purpose of the seminar is to help constituents and other state administration bodies understand the requirements for the development and implementation of a high-quality gender-responsive policy based on relevant information and analysis for review and adoption by the respective key authorities.

  3. Presentation: Making decent work a reality for domestic workers: Progress and prospects in Asia and the Pacific, ten years after the adoption of the Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189)

    16 June 2021

    In 2011, the international community adopted the ILO’s Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189), which recognized for the first time that domestic work is work and that domestic workers should enjoy the same labour protections as all other workers.

  4. Making decent work a reality for domestic workers: Progress and prospects in Asia and the Pacific, ten years after the adoption of the Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189)

    16 June 2021

    In 2011, the international community adopted the ILO’s Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189), which recognized for the first time that domestic work is work and that domestic workers should enjoy the same labour protections as all other workers.

  5. Act now: End child labour!

    12 June 2021

    The United Nations has declared 2021 as the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour. Matin Karimli, ILO's Director for the Pacific, and Sheldon Yett, UNICEF Representative for the Pacific, explain why the time for change is now.

  6. MPTF Informal Economies Recovery Project Monthly Newsletter - May - June 2021 edition

    06 June 2021

    This e-newsletter highlighting the stories of beneficiaries and support provided to them by the Informal Economies Recovery Project funded by the UN COVID Multi-Trust Partnership Fund, jointly implemented by ILO, UNESCO, UNDP and IFAD.

April 2021

  1. Enough is enough: Eliminating violence and harassment in the world of work

    23 April 2021

    An opinion piece by: Matin Karimli, Director of the ILO Office for Pacific Island Countries and Sandra Bernklau, Representative of UN Women, Pacific ahead of the 14th Triennial Conference of Pacific Women and the 7th Meeting of the Pacific Ministers for Women.

  2. MPTF Informal Economies Recovery Project Monthly Newsletter

    08 April 2021

    This e-newsletter will be a monthly edition highlighting the stories of beneficiaries and support provided to them by the Informal Economies Recovery Project funded by the UN COVID Multi-Trust Partnership Fund, jointly implemented by ILO, UNESCO, UNDP and IFAD.

March 2021

  1. ILO Pasifika Update March 2021

    31 March 2021

    In this edition of the ILO Pacific Newsletter, you will find updates on events and other news highlights of ILO’s work in the Pacific from December 2020 to March 2021.

  2. “We could all do with a bit of hope” – What the informal economies recovery project means for Tonga

    30 March 2021

    This month we sat down with Mele Amanaki - Secretary General of the Tonga Public Service Association [TPSA] – a key partner in the Inclusive Economic Recovery through Sustainable Enterprises in the Informal Economies. She spoke about her role and what the Project means for Tonga.

  3. Project launched as part of UN75 events

    30 March 2021

    The project was launched on 10th December 2020 as part of a series of events to mark UN75.

  4. Project consultations on implementation modalities with national stakeholders

    30 March 2021

    The objective of the inception meetings were to consult national stakeholders on implementation modalities and potential partnerships. Meetings with Vanuatu, Palau and Tonga stakeholders were held virtually while the Fiji meeting was held face-to-face.

  5. How a typical informal sector micro business is surviving

    30 March 2021

    With informal employment accounting for more than half of all jobs in Fiji, Palau, Tonga and Vanuatu, it became clear that the hitherto ‘invisible sector,’ was going to be the biggest key to driving economic recovery across the Pacific region.

  6. Technical Meeting on Innovative and Sustainable Business Development Services (BDS) for the Informal Creative and Agriculture Sectors

    29 March 2021

    The technical meeting brought together, for the first time, key Business Development Services (BDS) providers with the objective of developing innovative BDS and make them accessible to informal sector micro enterprises, particularly those in the creative and agriculture sectors impacted by COVID-19.