- Annual General Meeting of The Australian Association for the Advancement of Pacific Studies (AAAPS), 10 May 2013
- Dr. Hsiao-chun Hung returns to the Mariana Islands
- Vote buying prevalent in Indonesia and the Pacific
- The end of the Pacific? Sea-level change and Pacific Island livelihoods
- Politics, development and security in Oceania
- Kago, Kastom and Kalja: The Study of Indigenous Movements in Melanesia Today (Cahiers du Credo) (Volume 2)
- In conversation with Sir Mekere Morauta
- Engendering objects: Dynamics of Barkcloth and Gender among the Maisin of Papua New Guinea by
- Another Port Moresby community bulldozed
- Reflections on the PNG Budget Forum: Can devolved funding be effectively utilised
- European Investment Bank backs remote aviation investment in the South Pacific
- Lifting skills in the Pacific: using infrastructure procurement for skills transfer
- Fiji constitutional referendum? Unlikely
- CDI Policy Paper: Comparing Across Regions: Parties and Political Systems in Indonesia and the Pacific Islands
- SSGM’s ‘State of the Pacific’ Conference (25-26 June 2013)
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Applications are now open for the 2014 round of Australia Awards Scholarships. Information for applicants, (including details of who to contact with scholarship inquiries and cut-off-dates for applications) are available on AusAID’s website. You may also view eligibility and other criteria related to the Australia Awards Pacific Scholarships (AAPS) program on the AusAID site.
“The December 2012 edition of the Pacific Economic Monitor examines the fiscal position of ADB’s Pacific developing member countries and their budget plans for 2013. Special articles included in this issue focus on economic management and growth prospects in smaller Pacific island economies” [read the report].
EuropeAid has issued a call for proposals for ‘Supporting culture as a vector of democracy and economic growth’ under the EU thematic programme Investing in People. Deadline for submission of concept notes is 18 December 2012. The call includes two lots with the following specific objectives:
- Lot 1: Encourage cultural expressions which promote diversity, intercultural dialogue and human and cultural rights, in the context of reconciliation, conflict resolution and democratisation
- Lot 2: Strengthen capacities of cultural actors for the development of a dynamic cultural sector contributing to economic growth and sustainable development
Full documentation is available on the EuropeAid website call ref. 133529. Most individuals and non-government organisations in Pacific islands nations and territories are eligible to apply (consult the list of beneficiary countries or territories).
The 111th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) has just been held in San Francisco with the theme Borders and Crossings (November 14-18). This year’s program had 717 sessions, 34 workshops, 13 innovents and 183 special events. The AAA program is rather intimidating, so we’ve extracted information from it (for those of us not able to go!) on the four sessions (panels) and other papers of specific interest to scholars of the Pacific islands: (more…)
Iakwe/Kaselehlia/Ran Annim/Hafa Adai/Aliii MAFA friends!
We will be screening a brand new documentary film (2011) on nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands, Nuclear Savage: The Islands of Secret Project 4.1. This is the latest in a series of documentaries that explores the United States top secret nuclear testing and subsequent effects on human populations. The film has been has received critical acclaim and several awards. This event is open to all and snacks are provided!
Pacific Buzz (November 14): Pacific elections wrap | Fiji election preparations | Call to reorient PNG spending to boost recurrent budget | Agriculture and land in PNG | More
A fortnightly roundup of policy news in the Pacific by the Pacific Institute of Public Policy and the Development Policy Centre is now available.
A new wave of US engagement in the Pacific is set to benefit the region’s nations as the US responds to the global rise of China, writes Stewart Firth.
This report investigates urbanization trends across the 14 Pacific developing member countries of the Asian Development Bank. It examines the history of Pacific urbanization, current state of infrastructure and service provision within urban areas, and systems of urban governance.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) recently launched its latest state-owned enterprise (SOE) benchmarking study, entitled Finding Balance: Benchmarking the Performance of SOEs in PNG. This is not only the first time that PNG has participated in the study series, but the first time that the financial performance of PNG’s SOEs has been made publicly available. The study compares PNG’s SOE portfolio over a 9-year period with that of 5 other countries in the Pacific (Fiji, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Marshall Islands and Tonga), and finds that while PNG’s SOEs have produced net profits that are in the upper range of those in the countries benchmarked, they have done so at a substantial cost to the government in terms of ongoing fiscal transfers and other subsidies, and limited service delivery, particularly in rural areas... [read more].
The Australian National University has a new student group geared towards increasing the awareness of Micronesians in Australia – the Micronesian and Australian Friends Association (MAFA). The ANU-chartered student group was formed in May 2012 by a small group of postgraduate students that became aware of the growing body of Micronesians and scholars of Micronesia at the ANU. Initially started as a social group to share ideas and love of Micronesian cultures, its members hope it will grow to lend support to and encourage a larger number of incoming Micronesian students to higher educational institutes in Australia.
‘Micronesia’ is considered both a broad geographical and cultural region of the Pacific, distinguished from the other subgroups of ‘Polynesia’ and ‘Melanesia’ and Southeast Asia, although with strong ties historically and linguistically to these oceanic neighbours. Consisting of over 2,000 islands stretching over hundreds of thousands of km2 of ocean, and 12 distinct cultural groups and languages, Micronesia is politically divided into 5 independent countries and 2 territories – the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of Kiribati (including Banaba, and the Line and Phoenix Islands), the Republic of Nauru, the US territories of Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and Wake Island.
A region popularly associated with the United States, which acted as its official UN administrator post-WWII during the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands Period (TTPI), Micronesia has a colonial history including Spain, Germany, Australia, Great Britain and Japan. Australia has had an increasingly active role in recent years through its awarding of scholarships and grant funding to Micronesian students and local NGOs. This includes the ANU, which has seen a rise in students doing research in the region, as well as citizens migrating to Australia. Dr. Paul D’Arcy, Fellow at ANU’s School of Culture, History & Language notes “While ANU has a long history of research on Micronesia, this has always been somewhat random and largely based on the research priorities of individual staff and students…. Circumstances have altered in very positive ways in the last two years that suggest the momentum is here for a sustained and permanent on-campus presence of research (and hopefully teaching capacity) on Micronesia: the largest group of PhD students ever conducting PhD studies on Micronesia, and for the first time this includes a number of Micronesian students; enduring research projects on Micronesia that involve staff and post-graduates in a number of disciplines – most notably Archaeology and Natural History, and History; three courses that have contained Micronesian themes for a number of years now; and an increasing awareness in Micronesia of the possibilities offered by ANU for post-graduate research .”
Gonzaga Puas, current Phd student, long-time Australia resident, Micronesian, and MAFA Vice President concurs. “Micronesia has been the missing link in Pacific studies at ANU. Thanks to MAFA for playing its part in increasing the exposure of Micronesia as an area of academic scholarship and its aim is to promote friendship between Australian and Micronesian communities.”
MAFA is currently comprised of students, staff and community members living in Australia with an interest or background in greater Micronesia. Its mission is to (a) Promote knowledge of the greater Micronesian region; (b) Celebrate its diverse customs and values; (c) Encourage communication and cultural exchange between Micronesia and Australia; (d) Provide a support network for Micronesian students and scholars at the ANU and beyond. Current and planned activities include regular movie nights featuring documentaries, fiction films, television episodes and shorts about or set in the region; social gatherings featuring local foods and discussions; and the welcoming of visiting friends from the region. All activities are open to the public, and participation from the greater population is being emphasized.
“There’s already a history of great research in the Pacific region here at ANU of course, and we’re really excited to collaborate with and learn from other Pacific Islanders and innovative groups like Pasifika Australia,” says MAFA President Ingrid Ahlgren. “We’re a small humble group in Canberra now, but we foresee and plan for a future where we can be a friendly resource for Micronesians living abroad in Australia, and a collaborative support group for increasing research in the region.”
This new study from the Asian Development Bank benchmarks the performance of Papua New Guinea’s State-owned enterprises with those of Fiji, the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, and Tonga; assesses the key drivers of this performance; and identifies successful reform strategies that can guide future policy action.
World Heritage Papers 34 has just been released. It is a compilation of documents and papers relating to UNESCO’s Pacific 2009 Programme (2000-2009) and includes reports of regional consultations, expert papers, progress and monitoring reports.
“Despite its extraordinary cultural and biological diversity, the Pacific is the most under-represented sub-region on the World Heritage List. To redress this imbalance, the Pacific 2009 Programme (2000-2009) was elaborated through several regional consultations and launched in 2003. The objectives of the programme were to ensure full membership of the World Heritage Convention in the Pacific to strengthen a collaborative sub-regional approach to its implementation, raise awareness about the World Heritage Convention and the potential benefits in the Pacific, build capacity for the Tentative Lists and nominations of properties for inclusion in the World Heritage List, promote trans-boundary and/or serial nominations, and build partnership among stakeholders involved. The Pacific 2009 Programme has contributed to the increased number of state parties (12 out of 14 Pacific SIDS) as well as World Heritage sites (10 in total in Pacific islands and territories) in the Pacific region as of September 2011.
As part of the World Heritage Papers Series, this document explores three key components of World Heritage: ‘Diverse Values and Interconnected Histories’; ‘Being Community in the Paciﬁc’ and ‘Building Capacity’. Also highlighted are case studies in Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Palau and the Marshall Islands.” [the publication includes various articles by ANU researchers and Alumni. See also the July 2012 post to Outrigger, Rock Islands Southern Lagoon (Palau): a new World Heritage site for the Pacific].
This document provides an update of the existing 2012 portfolio of Pacific energy sector projects and a summary of requested assistance for 2013.
Roles for a Development Outreach Coordinator, Civil/Environmental Engineer, and a Community Liaison Specialist for an anticipated five-year USAID Coastal Community Adaptation Program (C-CAP) that will support district and community-level climate change adaptation interventions in nine to eleven Pacific Island countries. The objective of C-CAP is to build resiliency of vulnerable coastal communities in the Pacific to changes in climate such as more intense weather events in the short-term, and sea level rise in the long-term [read more...].
From 1-14 July 2012, thousands of artists and performers from the region will gather in Honiara for the Pacific’s largest, most colourful and exciting cultural event. The 11th Festival of Pacific Arts will feature traditional and contemporary visual and performing arts – music, dance, oratory and story telling, theatre and film, handicrafts, literature, tattooing, fire walking, culinary arts, navigation and canoeing, fashion, photography and healing.
The Asian Development Bank has just released new fact sheets for the following Pacific Island nations: Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Indonesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu (other ADB country fact sheets).
This March ANU welcomed new PhD student Ingrid Ahlgren to the RMAP program in the College of Asia Pacific. She joins us most recently from the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) where she has been working for the past several years as the staff anthropologist for the RMI Ministry of Internal Affairs in their Historic Preservation Office.
Ingrid was born and raised during her childhood years in the Marshall Islands, and a career studying its history was a natural choice. She received a double-major Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Music at Tufts University, and Master of Science in Anthropological Sciences at Stanford University prior to returning to the atolls of the Marshalls.
Ingrid’s doctoral research continues on her experiences in Micronesia, an area that is often under-represented in academic studies. Using the low-lying littoral atolls of the Marshalls as case studies, she plans to investigate the concept of ‘mo’, a land and resource taboo that she believes may have been one important conservation tool in maintaining the delicate human-environment balance. She states, “The Marshalls are a challenging locale for human settlement with no arable soil and limited fresh water, yet the Marshallese people have found a way to live and thrive continuously for an estimated 2-3,000 years. Paramount to this survival was and remains a keen understanding of their surroundings and a sophisticated set of resource tenure and access rules. It is this system and its ongoing interpretations that I am most interested in studying.”
Ingrid notes that she is delighted to be at the ANU, surrounded by Pacific scholars and endless shelves of publications and resources, but isn’t looking forward to the upcoming winter. “Fieldwork may have to come sooner than later!” Welcome Ingrid to Canberra and to the ANU!
Applications open: Australian Development and Australian Leadership Awards Scholarships (close 30 April 2012)
Applications are now open for Australian Development Scholarships and Australian Leadership Award Scholarships (facilitated through AusAID). Information about specific eligibility criteria are available for the following Pacific Island states:
Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Pacific Collectivities (New Caledonia, French Polynesia, and Wallis and Futuna), Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue and Tokelau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, timor-leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu.
More information about opening and closing dates for AusAID’s ADS and ALAS Scholarships is available here. Other information critical to these scholarships is available on the AusAID Scholarships website at www.ausaid.gov.au/scholar/publications.cfm.
On a late 1996 afternoon in the Marshall Islands, during a heated Cabinet discussion about an ongoing reduction-in-force effort in government, an elderly President interrupted his economic advisor with a simple yet powerful question.“Excuse me. Have you ever run a country?” (read more...)
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Climate Change in the Pacific is a rigorously researched, peer-reviewed scientific assessment of the climate of the western Pacific region. Building on the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change… [read more...]