Talanoa Consulting

small business and social enterprise development

We have undertaken the following projects in SME small business and social enterprise development:

SME business continuity planning guidance

August 2021 to April 2022 | Client: UNDP | Undertake consultations with SMEs and Chambers of Commerce in Fiji, Vanuatu, Tonga and Palau on revising business continuity planning tools in light of the private sector response to Covid-19; and revise materials appropriately.

Business Link Pacific evaluation and SME Finance Facility formative evaluation

August 2021 to September 2021 | Client: Sapere (MFAT) | ordinating an evaluation team across the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Vanuatu; leading the evaluation in Fiji; developing national and regional thematic summaries; supporting Sapere in engaging with the MFATA Steering Group.

Business Link Pacific evaluation

January 1, 2019 Period: January - February 2019 Supported an independent evaluation of Business Link Pacific led by a NZ-based consulting firm. Client: Sapere Group, New Zealand

Green Entrepreneurship

September 2018 - February 2019 and March 2020.. Designed and led a Green Enterprise development training and mentoring programme. This also included the development of a guide to Green Business for Fiji, Vanuatu and Kiribati. Client: Global Green Growth Institute, Fiji

Pacific agribusiness research and development initiative

July 2017 to December 2021 | Included designing and leading research on the success factors and constraints to agribusiness development, an advisory facility for emerging agritourism operators and reviewing an update of an agriculture value-chain guide with Pacific examples. http://pardi.pacificfarmers.com/ | Client: Pacific Island Farmers Organisation Network, Nadi and University of the Sunshine Coast

Marine conservation agreements in Fiji

February - November 2017 Contributing author to a review of tourism-related marine conservation agreements in Fiji. The technical report was subsequently published as a journal article. Client: Wildlife Conservation Society, Suva