While most aspects of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) have been well documented, less has been said about the significant contribution of the Pacific Island police who served with it.
Third in a series of papers on the role of Sovereign Funds (SFs) in the Pacific Islands, this report suggests a 'reference portfolio' approach as a benchmark governance choice for Pacific Island funds
This report summarises the research that has been undertaken on Sovereign Funds in the Pacific and draws out key findings, lessons and opportunities for funds to move closer to “best practice”.
Sovereign Funds (SFs) are often the largest single asset owner and investor in the Pacific Islands, and the income stream from these funds can also be a large part of fiscal revenues.
Across the Pacific, youth unemployment is regarded by governments, donors and citizens as one of the region’s key concerns, not only because of its effect on economic advancement, but also because of a perceived association between joblessness and insecurity, including the prospect...
Despite the claim that money and especially Rural Constituency Development Fund (RCDF) disbursement have played a major role in influencing political choices in the Solomon Islands national parliamentary elections, empirical evidence and election data suggest that political alliances in some rural constituencies are based more...
The Pacific is home to some of the countries most at risk from the effects of climate change. It is now also home to countries that are leading the world in reducing their fossil fuel consumption and shifting to renewable sources of electricity generation.
This project conducted a strategic assessment of the illicit small arms in the Western Pacific island region with a focus on Fiji, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea (excluding Bougainville).
With the exception of Papua New Guinea, the number of...
Floods are the most common form of natural disasters globally, disproportionately impacting lower income countries and in many cases the poorest citizens therein. The increasing frequency and intensity of floods present civil society, policymakers, and development practitioners the challenge of reducing disaster risk, and populations’...
Introduction: The importance of health research in addressing equity, health outcomes and development is recognised by world leaders and yet there is a lack of research outputs from low to middle income countries, such as those in the Pacific Islands, where the burden of disease...
Not much is known about the ways in which assessment data have actually been used in education policy to date. Understanding the role of assessments in informing system-level decision-making is a first step towards helping stakeholders improve the design and usefulness of assessments. Moreover, this...
This article discusses the poor performance of women candidates in Solomon Islands elections and potential aid policy responses. The article outlines women candidates’ performance, details challenges faced by women, examines existing aid work designed to help women candidates and provides policy suggestions....
The formal curricular and pedagogical elements of schooling in Solomon Islands have as yet largely failed to fulfil their potential as a ‘stepping-stone to national consciousness’.
The paper is structured as follows. In the first section, we provide an analysis of...
This book aims to reflect on the experiential side of writing political lives in the Pacific region. The collection touches on aspects of the life writing art that are particularly pertinent to political figures: public perception and ideology; identifying important political successes and policy initiatives;...
Discusses a range of factors that Solomon Islands villagers face when deciding whether or not to allow access to minerals buried in land over which they hold customary tenure.
Now that Solomon Islands' timber resources are depleted there is a renewed...
This evaluation assesses how effectively and efficiently the support New Zealand has provided to the Solomon Islands' Curriculum Development Division has delivered on its expected achievements, and how relevant the support is to improve access to, and the quality of, basic education.
Provides insights both into how sorcery and witchcraft practices and beliefs are playing out in contemporary Melanesia, and also the types of interventions that are being trialled or debated to address the problems associated with them.
This volume originates from two...
The Abbott government’s tough stance on border protection doesn’t only apply to asylum seekers arriving by boat
For almost five years, Solomon Islander Francesca Teua has been trying to convince the federal government to let her stay in Australia with her two Australian-citizen...
In this critical period of transition, the most important thing that the Australian government and other members of the international community can do is help Solomon Islanders reverse a recent history of defunding and dismantling the institutions of subnational government.
The Solomon Islands Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was the first truth commission in the Pacific, established under the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Act 2008 (TRC Act) in an effort to ‘promote national unity and reconciliation’ following the civil conflict which troubled...