Political barriers and the costs of doing business have long dissuaded private sector investment in the Pacific. But the International Finance Corporation has vowed a renewed focus on the region as part of its commitment to conduct 30 percent of work in fragile and conflict-affected countries.
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Lisa Cornish is a Devex Reporter based in Canberra, where she focuses on the Australian aid community. Lisa formerly worked with News Corp Australia as a data journalist for the national network and was published throughout Australia in major metropolitan and regional newspapers, including the Daily Telegraph in Melbourne, Herald Sun in Melbourne, Courier-Mail in Brisbane, and online through news.com.au. Lisa additionally consults with Australian government providing data analytics, reporting and visualization services. Lisa was awarded the 2014 Journalist of the Year by the New South Wales Institute of Surveyors.