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Indigenous entrepreneurship on customary land in the Pacific: Measuring sustainability

  • Regina Scheyvens (a1), Glenn Banks (a1), Litea Meo-Sewabu (a1) and Tracy Decena (a1)

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Customary land is commonly perceived as a barrier to economic development and indigenous entrepreneurship in Pacific Island countries. We turn this proposition on its head, arguing that customary land provides a solid foundation for indigenous entrepreneurs who wish to achieve social, cultural and environmental, as well as economic, goals for their businesses. Furthermore, we assert that appropriate tools are needed to measure the success of indigenous businesses on customary land, as conventional tools have a narrow focus on economics that fails to capture the more holistic, sustainable development goals that indigenous people hope to achieve through their businesses. The indicators we utilise relate to socio-cultural, economic and environmental sustainability. The tool’s usefulness was scrutinized through pre-testing on two indigenous businesses in Fiji; this revealed that culturally oriented tools are essential if the sustainability of indigenous business is to be measured in terms that are meaningful to Pacific communities.

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Indigenous entrepreneurship on customary land in the Pacific: Measuring sustainability

  • Regina Scheyvens (a1), Glenn Banks (a1), Litea Meo-Sewabu (a1) and Tracy Decena (a1)

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