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Vanuatu’s Piggy Bank

Vanuatu’s Piggy Bank

Dateline Australia explores Vanuatu’s alternative financial system, where a pig tusk bank claims to have reserves worth $1.4 billion. Most Western economists are probably not aware of the many functioning alternative economies throughout Melanesia. Vanuatu, while classified by the UN as a ‘poor’ country, ranked number 1 on the Happy Planet Index in 2006, and is well known for its thriving gift economies.

  • Program Melanesia
  • Language English
  • Media Format Web Link
  • Program Theme Ensuring socio-ecological resilience
  • Tags
    • alternative economy
    • Vanuatu