This reports suggest that Australia’s aid spending, already at record lows, could be cut further, making our aid contribution proportionately lower than that of Greece.
This paper evaluates the impact of the Australian agriculture sector's Pacific seasonal worker program on workers, their households, and communities.
Australia’s active global engagement on development and its focus on fragile small island states and disaster risk reduction are commendable. However, successive cuts to the country’s aid budget since 2013 are impairing its efforts, according to this OECD review.
The Pacific Island Countries (PICs) face the most daunting development challenge in the world: they are extraordinarily isolated, very small, and saddled with fragmented markets, inadequate infrastructure, fragile ecosystems, and exceptionally high vulnerability to climate change. While political crises, civil strife and violence have been...
For the past fourteen years, approximately one-fifth of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) Participating Police Force has comprised police from thirteen Pacific Island countries. As RAMSI was drawing to a close, it was timely to assess the impact of their involvement on...
Summarises the findings of an online survey of New Zealand police who had served in the Participating Police Force that was undertaken as an adjunct to a major investigation of the impact of Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) on Pacific policing.
Air quality is the leading global environmental risk factor for disease. This article focuses on the evidence for the need to develop effective air quality policies for the Pacific Islands region. Factors that have influenced the success and failures of previous and existing environmental policies...
Since the commencement of the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations Plus negotiations in 2009, the Pacific Forum Island Countries have maintained that their main gain from this Free Trade Agreement is in labour mobility. Free Trade Agreements, such as the Pacific Agreement on Closer...
This volume situates ‘mobilities of return’—that is, the movement of people ‘back’ to places that are designated, however ambiguously or ambivalently, as ‘home’—as a starting point for understanding the broader context and experience of human mobility, community and identity in the Pacific region and beyond....
This paper uses China’s official definition of ‘core interests’ as a benchmark to examine three aspects of China’s diplomacy in the Pacific: main interests, means to safeguard interests, and the implications for regional powers.
Discusses two sets of industry guidelines published by the Chinese government for Chinese companies investing in overseas mining projects.
To name something is to stake a claim, an action which, while having a moment of origin, requires dynamic attention to context and development. This article discusses the naming of Pacific research. It offers a brief but timely reminder of the genealogy of the field...
This project analyses the drivers and barriers for private investment in the Pacific, exploring the possibilities and benefits of private investment, as well as the challenges it presents.
The release of the 2016 Australian national census data allows comparisons with data from the 2006 and 2011 censuses. What do the data reveal about Pacific Islander communities in Australia?
This research should inform policymakers, staff, faculty and administrators about the goals and expectations that Pacific Islander student-athletes bring with them to college, in order to better serve and support this population.
This volume brings the debates about women’s wealth in the Pacific back to the fore by critically revisiting and engaging with ideas about gender and materiality, value, relationality and the social life and agency of things.
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.
Australia is much larger and has significantly more military and economic power than its Pacific Island neighbours. As a result, it is frequently described as having a natural right to lead in the region. Yet, Australia has found it difficult to effectively influence Pacific Island...
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”.