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This Report is the result of collaboration between the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group.
Research \ue001or the Report was primarily carried out during a mission to Solomon Islands \ue001rom 9 to 13
March 2009. The mission team was led by Sonali Hedditch (IFC, remote team leader), and included
Clare Manuel (The Law & Development Partnership); Tamara Haig (AusAID consultant); Vijaya
Nagarajan (AusAID Consultant); and was supported by locally based experts John Zuma (lawyer); and
Ishmael Ware (economist). Chakriya Bowman (AusAID), Anna Hutchens (AusAID consultant) and Sonali
Hedditch (IFC) undertook use\ue001ul preparatory research \ue001rom April 28 \u2013 May 2, 2008.
The authors wish to thank all the individuals who provided us with help\ue001ul in\ue001ormation and were
available \ue001or interviews during the in-country research. They include Solomon Islands Government\u2019s
various ministries and departments, the Solomon Islands Women in Business Association, the Regional
Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands, and donors.
preneurs who took the time to share their stories
and challenges during the Women in Business Forum in Honiara, Solomon Islands, and in one-on-one
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