- 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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Edited by David Hegarty and Darrell Tryon. This publication, Volume 7 in the Studies in State and Society in the Pacific series, is now available in PDF View Online ePub mobi or print copy formats from ANU Epress.
“The chapters in this volume canvass political change and development across the Pacific Islands from a variety of perspectives, each contributing to the analysis of a region growing in complexity and in confidence. They fall neatly into three sections: Oceania and its Inheritance; Oceania – Current Needs and Challenges; and Oceania and its Wider Setting.
The new states of the Pacific have demonstrated considerable resilience, and in many cases, an extraordinary capacity to bounce back from difficulty and to maintain optimism for the future. The continuing professionalisation of public management across the region is building on that tradition. The growth of civil society organisations is also beginning to play a positive role in policy and implementation. Donors are becoming more coherent in their strategies, more attuned to the realities of generating development outcomes in small island states, and are beginning to acknowledge and map progress.
This book explores these themes of governance, development and security that signal both continuity and change in the Pacific’s pattern of islands.”
"The European Investment Bank has agreed to help examine safety improvements, upgrading of terminal facilities and more efficient power use at airports in the Cook Islands and Samoa. The USD 1.1m technical assistance programme (EUR 850,000) will be used to improve preparation of key investment expected to improve tourism, regional integration and economic development..." [read more].
"In the latest issue of the Pacific Economic Monitor, released yesterday (March 26), the ADB forecasts that the average rate of growth in its 14 developing member countries in the Pacific region will fall to 5.2%, as earlier gains from major foreign investments and public infrastructure projects fade. The performance of the region’s larger natural resource exporting economies (Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Timor-Leste) continues to drive the economic outlook, with these two economies comprising about two-thirds of the weight in the regional growth average..." [read more].
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.
New website for “Engendering Persons, Transforming Things: Christianities, Commodities and Individualism in Oceania”
Professor Margaret Jolly’s ARC Laureate Project Engendering Persons, Transforming Things: Christianities, Commodities and Individualism in Oceania has a new website.*
This project “addresses a profound and long-debated question about the historical interaction between Oceanic and western constructs of the person and contemporary controversies about the role of Christianity in the emergence of modern individualism. It is distinctive in linking the gender of persons with gendered things. It critically evaluates the role of Christianity in relation to processes of individuation emergent from the commoditisation of land, labour and consumption, biomedical systems of health and introduced legal regimes. It will significantly enhance Australia’s research capacity as well as its cultural understanding and delivery of development assistance in the region, with particular regard to gender justice, law and health.”
The team of staff and students is working across the region in Vanuatu (Margaret Jolly, Latu Latai); Papua New Guinea (Katherine Lepani, Latu Latai); the autonomous region of Bougainville and Solomon Islands (Anna-Karina Hermkens); Banaba and transnational Oceania (Katerina Teaiwa); Samoa (Latu Latai); New Zealand (Areti Metuamate) and Hawai’i (Marata Tamaira).
[* read more about the photo (above) on the new Laureate site.]
For the last two years a quiet educational revolution with profound implications for education outreach and collaborative teaching and research has been taking place across the entire breadth of the Pacific Islands. The project driving this new approach is called Connecting Moana: the common heritage of Pacific Islanders. It brings together major tertiary institutions across the Pacific Islands in a collaborative course writing and professional development exercise to design and deliver courses for Pacific Islanders on their history, culture, environmental management and external relations. The courses will be presented in a variety of media. The project has received overwhelming support from all tertiary institutions, with numerous academics volunteering to participate. Designed in the Pacific Islands for Pacific Islanders, this collaborative endeavour provides tangible benefits of enhanced course delivery and university outreach, reduced workloads through sharing resources, and enhanced research capacity through linking teaching and research collaboration. The author has been part of the organizing committee since the project’s inception.
Coordinated by Dr Morgan Tuimaleali’ifano and Dr Max Quanchi of the Suva campus of the University of the South Pacific, the project has won support from the University of Guam, the College of Micronesia’s Pohnpei campus, Divine Word University in Madang, Papua New Guinea, the University of Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby, the University of New Caledonia, the National University of Samoa, and the University of French Polynesia. Recently, Taiwanese universities with large indigenous student bodies were also recruited to embrace the homeland of the Austronesian diaspora. In so doing, the project bridges the gap between the Anglophone and Francophone Pacific and reintegrates Taiwan as the ancient homeland of Pacific Islanders. This reconfiguration has done much to break down externally imposed language barriers and reshape conceptions of the region according to indigenous priorities and shared experiences.
Preparations are well advanced to trial the first course on the history of the Pacific before European arrival. This will be a Pacific wide, multi-campus undergraduate history course about Pacific societies, emphasizing and empowering Pacific perspectives and grounding students in their shared heritage – a heritage which transcends contemporary language and cultural barriers arising from colonial rule. Due to limited staff numbers and access to resources, few university undergraduate courses currently teach the early history of the Pacific Islands, or the histories of the whole region. This project will provide a collective and truly Pan-Pacific introduction to the history of the inhabitants of Moana (the increasingly recognized indigenous term for the Pacific Islands – formerly labeled as Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia).
A multilingual group of Pacific teachers, researchers and course designers with diverse and complementary expertise has been assembled. In addition to Dr Tuimaleali’ifano and Dr Quanchi of the USP Suva campus, the full project team consists of (from east to west across the Pacific) Professor Eric Conte of the University of French Polynesia in Tahiti, Dr Tamatoa Bambridge of the CRIOBE Research Centre on Moorea, Professor Lau Asofou So’o and Dr Louise Mata’ia of the National University of Samoa, Dr David Gegeo of the University of Canterbury, Dr Stuart Bedford of USP Port Vila and ANU, Dr Bernard Rigo of the University of New Caledonia, Dr Christophe Sand of the Institute of Archaeology in New Caledonia, Professor August Kituai of the University of Papua New Guinea, Dr Linda Crowl and Patrick Matbob of Divine Word University in Madang, Papua New Guinea, Professor Serge Tcherkezoff of the EHESS and ANU, Dr Paul D’Arcy of ANU, Dr Mariana Ben and Dr Delihna Ehmes of the College of Micronesia’s Pohnpei campus, Dr Anne Hattori and Dr Sharleen Santos-Bamba of the University of Guam, Professor Tong Yuan-Chao of the Taiwan Center for Pacific Studies, Nakao Eki Pacidal of Leiden University, and Professor Benoit Vermander of the Ricci Institute of Taiwan and Fudan University in Shanghai.
The course materials will be made available in electronic and printed formats across Moana to allow local campuses to supplement areas where local teaching expertise is lacking, to modify into locally appropriate programs, and to free already over-stretched staff from developing new courses. These benefits will allow smaller Pacific Island universities to concentrate on completing post-graduate studies and research, and to forge regional research networks of staff and students. In a parallel development, a research network linked to the project has already started which focuses on Pan-Pacific indigenous marine ecosystem management practices across history.
While the Moana project has benefitted from generous start-up funding from the French Pacific Fund, the project organizing committee is now seeking additional funding to push the project through to the delivery stage in late 2013 or early 2014. Building on the past 2 years of experience and preparation, the Moana Pan-Pacific course can be online and in print within a year for $AUD50,000. A number of potential financial partners and aid donors are currently being investigated, but suggestions for funding would be warmly received by the Moana organizing committee and their collaborators! Please contact Morgan Tuimalealiifano email@example.com or Alan Max Quanchi firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or if you can assist with this initiative.
[* "View of the Island of Tinian: Dugout Canoes from the Caroline Islands", from 'Voyage Autour du Monde sur les Corvettes de L'Uranie' engraved by Coutant, published 1825, Berard, A. and Taunay, Adrien Andre.]
A fortnightly roundup of policy news in the Pacific by the Pacific Institute of Public Policy and the Development Policy Centre.
Lindsay Cameron is a new PhD student in the School of Culture, History and Language. He currently lives in Melbourne and drives to Canberra once a month for campus events and library research. His research topic is “The Convergence of British and American Methodism in the South Pacific.” Dr Vicki Luker is the Chair of his supervisory panel.
Lindsay’s research is particularly relevant to the study of South Pacific history today as it is almost two hundred years since the first Methodist missionary arrived in Australia (1815). From Australia, Methodism spread to New Zealand, Tonga, Samoa, Fiji and other Islands of the Southwest Pacific. 2015 will mark the beginning of rolling bicentennial celebrations across the Pacific islands and will generate a heightened interest in the work of those early Methodists.
Lindsay is an ordained minister in the Wesleyan Methodist Church, a branch of the global Methodist family with its roots in North America (most Methodists in the South Pacific follow a Methodist tradition that is British in origin). In 2012, a new regional conference was formed for the Wesleyan Methodists in the South Pacific, initially incorporating four South Pacific national churches. Some of these churches have British heritage and others have American heritage. The key question being posed by these Methodist communities now is “What factors are still present in Methodism in the South Pacific that have resulted in the abiding identity as Methodists and the ready desire to belong to a wider Methodist affiliation?”
Stephen Howes (Director, Development Policy Centre) recently interviewed Michael Clemens, who leads the Migration and Development Initiative at the Center for Global Development (CGD). You may review a podcast or video of this presentation (with accompanying slides), or read an edited transcript of this interview in two parts, the first on the US Seasonal Worker Program, the second on Skilled Migration and the Australian Pacific Technical College (APTC).
Note: This screening will feature a pre-recorded interview between Director, Tusi Tamasese and Valerie Bichard.
“The Orator (O Le Tulafale) is a contemporary drama about courage, forgiveness and love. Small in stature and humble, Saili lives a simple life with his beloved wife and daughter in an isolated, traditional village in the islands of Samoa. Forced to protect his land and family, Saili must face his fears and seek the right to speak up for those he loves.”
For more information, visit the film’s official website (http://theoratorfilm.co.nz).
"There are three main messages contained in the recently released World Bank report ‘The economic costs of Non-Communicable Diseases in the Pacific Islands: a rapid stocktake of the situation in Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu‘ (available here [PDF]) (the report did not include analysis of Papua New Guinea)..." [read more].
Prof. Clive Moore (UQ) and Prof. Brij Lal (ANU) have been working to establish a Pacific series in the UQ ePress. The first publications in this series contain two new titles (the first in this list) and the reissue of five classic titles:
- Michael Kwa`ioloa and Ben Burt, The Chief’s Country: Leadership and Politics in Honiara, Solomon Islands
- Anthony van Fossen, Tax Havens and Sovereignty in the Pacific Islands
- Kay Saunders, Workers in Bondage: the Origins and Bases of Unfree Labour in Queensland, 1824-1916
- Paul M. Kennedy, The Samoan Tangle: A Study in Anglo-German-American Relations, 1878-1900
- Don Woolford, Papua New Guinea: Initiation and Independence
- Robert Norton, Race and Politics in Fiji
- David Hilliard, God’s Gentlemen: A History of the Melanesian Mission, 1849-1942
The latest Praxis video discussion is informed by the November 2012 World Bank report on The Economic Costs of Non-Communicable Diseases in the Pacific Islands (with a focus on Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu).
Sustainable health financing in the Pacific is a new working paper from the University of Sydney, Burnet Institute and Fiji National University’s Centre for Health Information, Policy and Systems Research. A recent post to Devpolicy.org by Joel Negin (one of the main authors of the report) reviews this report and underlying assumptions about donor dependence in the health sector.
“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].
"The final edition of the Pacific Buzz for 2012 (our 25th for the year) is now online. Pacific Buzz will return on January 30, 2013. We wish all our readers a happy Christmas and New Year, and extend our thoughts to those in Samoa and Fiji affected by Cyclone Evan."
The New Zealand NGO Disaster Relief Forum (NDRF) maintains a list of NGOs actively involved in assisting with emergency relief efforts in the region. Please visit the NDRF site to find out how you may contribute to disaster relief this Christmas for communities in Samoa and Fiji affected by Cyclone Evan.
The Pacific Institute congratulates ANU Master’s students Tauvasa Tanuvasa Chou-Lee (College of Law, pictured left) and Ana Soakai (Crawford School) who were among 30 Pacific students studying in Australia to receive the Prime Minister’s Pacific-Australia (PMPA) Award last Thursday (6 December 2012). Here we offer extracts from an interview with Tauvasa about his work and what he hopes to achieve with his PMPA Award. [We profile Ana Soakai in a post to Outrigger on 15 December 2012.]
Tauvasa Tanuvasa Chou-Lee (pictured above) was born in 1982 and raised in Port Moresby where he attended an international primary school, Tokarara High School, Port Moresby National High School and then the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG). He graduated from UPNG with a Bachelor of Laws degree with Honours in early 2005 and was admitted to the PNG Bar at the end of that same year after completing training at the PNG Legal Training Institute. In early 2006 he joined the Office of the Solicitor General, in Papua New Guinea’s Department of Justice and Attorney General. In 2011, he was awarded an Australian Development Scholarship (ADS) to pursue a Master’s degree in Law specialising in Government and Commercial Law. Tauvasa completes his degree at the end of this year and will return to PNG to re-commence his work as Deputy Solicitor General (State Defence) in the Office of the Solicitor General.
Tauvasa is passionate about his profession and hopes that the experiences he will gain through work experience supported by the PMPA scheme will help him make a significant contribution to efforts to improve the Office of the Solicitor General and the Department of Justice and Attorney General as a whole. With around 20 lawyers and an average load of around 400 cases per lawyer, lawyers in the Office of the Solicitor General need all the help they can get. Tauvasa notes “with charging and recovering costs that his office simply cannot cope with the current caseload and that they at times brief out matters to private law firms through the Attorney General often at great expense.” He is particularly concerned with workloads caused by serial litigants with often vexatious claims. Tauvasa feels keenly the responsibility of his office and recognises that “every time we lose a claim, we lose taxpayers’ money – money that could be spent on development, on improvements to peoples lives and livelihoods, especially in the rural areas where basic services and infrastructure are much needed.” He strongly believes that by working for the state (the primary client of the Office of the Solicitor General), he is working for the people of Papua New Guinea. He aims to help create a Government Legal Enterprise in PNG (an entity akin to the Australian Government Solicitor), which may advise and represent the Government of Papua New Guinea in courts and tribunals and help to de-politicise the work of his Office and that of the Department of Justice and Attorney General in the country.
Tauvasa is dedicated to his work in Papua New Guinea, even though the rest of his family live in Samoa. A citizen of PNG, he is one of a growing number of young Pacific Islanders whose familial connections span the Pacific Ocean. His Mother is from Central Province (with family from Baluan Island, Manus Province) and his Father is of chiefly Samoan (Tanuvasa from Manono) and Chinese ancestry. Tauvasa knows that this mix of culture, tradition and identity can be confronting for some, but for him it is about recognition of family and, as one Samoan saying goes, “People have more roots than trees.”
[See a media release about the 2012 PMPA awards on the AusAID website.]
“One of the region’s most senior experts on Pacific languages has resigned from the advisory council to New Zealand’s Minister of Pacific Island Affairs. Galumalemana Hunkin… stepped down saying New Zealand’s latest Pasifica Education Plan is ignoring the needs and wishes of the community…” [hear the full story on Radio Australia].
Women Leadership in Peacebuilding Program 2013 Academic Scholarship (deadline for applications extended)
The Pacific Institute has just received news from The Pacific Centre for Peacebuilding (PCP) that the deadline has been extended on applications for The Women Leadership in Peacebuilding Program 2013 Academic Scholarship. This scholarship is intended to meet all of the costs associated with the completion of a Graduate Certificate in Peacebuilding at the Center for Justice and Peace Building (CJP) in Eastern Mennonite University (Virginia) in the USA. There is no official application form – applicants are required to submit the following documents to Lita Stolz (email@example.com) at PCP by or before 15 December 2012;
- Two letters of recommendation in support of the applicant
- Official university transcripts (if the applicant has completed tertiary study)
- Current resume or CV of applicant
- Two page essay outlining why the applicant is interested in the program and how she hopes to use the degree
- For those who have not completed any undergraduate studies who wish to apply, a 4 -5 page essay is required which should explain how the applicant’s life experiences have prepared her for graduate-level study.
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 5th Talanoa Oceania conference was held in Canberra from 9-10 November. Talanoa Oceania in Canberra and the Australian National University (ANU) Pacific Institute and Pasifika Australia units organized this conference. The conference was co-hosted by the ANU and the Canberra City Uniting Church. The conference was officially opened with the blowing of a conch shell as senior members of Talanoa Oceania in Canberra led in Pacific diplomats. Sioana Faupula, Chairperson of the Talanoa Oceania in Canberra Committee welcomed everyone and Rev Dr Jione Havea, foundational member of Talanoa Oceania, provided a context and background to the concept of talanoa and previous Talanoa Oceania conferences. Participants attended the conference from Canberra, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Darwin, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga.
Given that the conference was in its fifth year, a broad approach to the conference themes was taken as participants reflected on important social and economic issues for people of Oceania. The major themes included Pacific seasonal worker schemes, Pacific Islander migration and contributions to Australian life, mentoring and leadership, peace-building and conflict resolution in the Pacific, development, gender, education, religion, culture, Pacific capacity building, Kava in Australia, health and wellbeing and language and communication. The conference consisted of 36 presentations, from Canberra based Pacific diplomats, academics, representatives from non-government organisations, church community, journalists and local community members. The presentations were a mix of individual speakers, panel sessions, singing, documentaries and digital stories with the majority of participants being of Pacific Island descent. A significant feature of the 2012 conference was the strong focus on Melanesia including PNG, West Papua, Solomon Islands and East Timor [download a copy of the Talanoa Conference Booklet 2012].
The conference provided a tripartite forum in which diplomats and people of influence, academics and students and local communities in Australia were able to openly exchange views on key issues from temporary migrant worker schemes (Seasonal Worker Program and Regional Seasonal Employer Scheme) to peace-building and conflict resolution in the Pacific. In keeping with the spirit and essence of talanoa (to dialogue and to talk) the conference attendees and presenters were able to engage in lively and often spirited discussions and debates.
The conference celebrated local Pacific youth with two special events. First, was the Pacific Youth Showcase performance on the Friday night. Conference attendees and local community were treated to an evening that began with a Kava/Ava/Yaqona ceremony and included music and dance performances from ACT and Queanbeyan Pacific youth groups representing Aotearoa/New Zealand, Fiji/Rotuma, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Tonga. A group of 10 senior secondary schools students from Beenleigh State High School also performed on the night. The second event was the Pacific Youth leadership forum hosted by Pasifika Australia. The forum began with a special opening by HRH Princess Angelika Tuku’aho who spoke on what it meant to be a young Tongan female leader. The forum also included presentations by Dr Roannie Ng Shiu (Pasifika Australia) and Matthew Bray, a medical student from Monash University. Although the forum was meant to be a closed session for youth only, the youth in attendance were able to discuss the key issues facing their generation today. These issues included helping their identity journeys, attracting youth back into Pacific churches, and strengthening their appreciation of their cultural heritage.
The conference was widely reported in local and national media with a news feature by ABC Canberra and two radio interviews for ABC Pacific Beat and ABC National Drive radio programs. Two media reports based on presentations at Talanoa Oceania 2012 are now online: Pacific migrants succeeding in Australia (Australia Network News) and Pacific Islanders find “promised land” in Australia (ABC Radio National). The conference was also officially photographed and videotaped by Julia Gray of Sunameke Productions. Plans are being made for a publication from the conference and the ANU is in discussion to potentially create a secretariat for Talanoa Oceania.
We would like to give a special thanks to all of the Talanoa Oceania 2012 Organising Committee. This includes members of the Pacific community representing Talanoa Oceania in Canberra: Sioana Faupula (Chairperson), Nacanieli Rika (Secretary and Co-Convenor), Stella Naimet (Treasurer), Nicole Alexander, and Kepueli Vaka (Director of Pacific Youth Showcase). We would also like to thank the members of the Committee representing the ANU Pacific Institute and Pasifika Australia: Dr Roannie Ng Shiu (Co-Convenor), Cathleen Nansen, George Carter, Joel Nilon and Dr Mike Cookson.
Finally, the Talanoa Oceania 2012 Committee would like to acknowledge the generous support of the following sponsors: ANU Pacific Institute; ANU Equity Office and Pasifika Australia; ANU College of Asia and the Pacific; State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program (SSGM); “Engendering Persons…” (Prof. Margaret Jolly’s ARC Laureate Project); Pacific Islands United; Canberra City Uniting Church and Canberra Region Presbytery; and the ACT Office of Multicultural Affairs.
Pacific Beat interview with Senior Librarian Angela Jowitt at USP’s Alafua campus library in Samoa, discussing USP’s work to digitise agricultural research.
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.
28-29 November 2012, Manning Clark Lecture Theatre, ANU
This is the third conference as part of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) Universities Linkages, which brings scholars and aid practitioners together to discuss important development issues. The programme has a stunning list of keynote and other speakers and will run with 6 parallel sessions over two days (the keynote speakers are Robert Chambers, Gita Sen, Emele Duituturaga and Alan Fowler). Full details of the conference, including a complete list of speakers and abstracts is available on the conference website.
Unfortunately, this conference is already fully subscribed, with more than 450 registered participants, so we’ve listed papers relevant to the Pacific in the hope that you might contact the speakers directly to learn more about their work:
- Nicholas Bates (Albion Street Centre) – Monitoring and evaluation of HIV capacity building: communities taking the lead [PNG, Fiji]
- Paul Bedggood (Otago) – New Zealand ODA and building peace
- Jo Brislane (IWDA) – Experiences of the participation of women, and youth and other cross-cutting issues [Solomon Islands]
- Michelle Carnegie, Katherine Gibson, Katherine McKinnon (UMacq); Claire Rowland (Consultant); Joanne Crawford (IWSA and ANU) – Measuring change in economy and gender relations in semi-subsistent communities in Melanesia: Concepts, indicators, and tools
- Sid Chakrabarti (AusAID) – Experiences of accountability and partnership [Solomon Islands]
- Matthew Clarke (Deakin) – Sacred places and development spaces: a case study of churches and community development in Vanuatu
- Cath Conn, Kristel Modderman, Shoba Nayar (AUT) – At the limits of participatory development: meaningful participation by young sex workers in HIV policy and programmes
- Lauren Leigh Hinthorne (UQ) – Achieving participatory development communication through 3d model building: an example from East Timor
- Kathryn James (Nossal Institute) – Participatory research processes: partnering with people with disabilities and their organisations [PNG]
- Max Kelly (Deakin) – What role for local NGOs in rural livelihoods in Timor Leste?
- Di Kilsby (Consultant) & Joanne Crawford (IWDA and ANU) – Navigating ‘gender’ and ‘culture’: amplifying space for gender equality work by listening to local gender advocates [PNG, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste]
- Georgia Noy & Fatima Soares, Save the Children in Timor Leste – Barriers to children’s participation
- Barbara Pamphilon (UC); Barbara Chambers, Katja Mikhailovich, Lalen Simeon (PAU) – Enabling the co-construction of meaning: lessons from a PNG/ Australian research and development project
- Doris Puiahi (Live and Learn Solomon Islands), Patrick Mesia (ADRA, Solomon Islands), Jo Brislane (IWDA), Sid Chakrabarti (AusAID) – Experiences, opportunities and challenges of implementing a Strengths-Based Approach to development in the Solomon Islands
- Michele Rumsey (UTS) – Participatory models for building capacity for nurses and midwives [Pacific]
- Jane Shamrock (Masters student, USC) – The power of pictures: using Photovoice to investigate “lived experience of people with disabilities in East Timor”
- Beth Sprunt (Nossal Institute) – Inclusive education in the Pacific – sharing lessons as the momentum builds [Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa, PNG, Solomon Islands]
- Pamela Thomas (ANU); Anna Naupa, David Momcilovic and Obed Timakata (AusAID Vanuatu) – Perspectives on participation and partnerships: Approaches to development planning and practice in Vanuatu
- Cathy Vaughan (UMelb) – Supporting dialogue in marginalised settings: Young Papua New Guineans and participatory research
- Joyce Wu (ANU) – Creating MAD (Men and Development) Men? A feminist reflection of anti-violence against women projects in Afghanistan, Pakistan & Timor Leste
Please note that changes to the submission deadline (now 15 December 2012) and additional information for applicants is on a more recent post to Outrigger.
The Pacific Centre for Peacebuilding (PCP) is offering (16) scholarships to qualified women from Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Bougainville, Solomon Islands, West Papua, Tonga, Samoa, and Vanuatu, to attend the “Women’s Peace Leadership Academic Cohort Program” (WPLP) offered in collaboration with the Center for Justice and Peace Building (CJP) in Eastern Mennonite University (Virginia) in the USA. (more…)
"The Samoan economy has cooled down a lot in the last three years. It made major strides in the early part of the 2000s and then the Global Financial Crisis happened, and we also had the tsunami in 2009. Those are the two key events that have really given a huge shock to the economy in Samoa..." [read more].
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.
Pacific Buzz (October 17): Australia ‘the Cayman Islands for PNG’ | Resource extraction and taxation | Pacific faces economic slowdown… and more
The latest fortnightly roundup of policy news in the Pacific by the Pacific Institute of Public Policy and the Development Policy Centre is now available.