This article describes a project investigating the potential and constraints to developing cultural heritage tourism opportunities as a pathway for sustainable development for local communities in the Pacific and specifically in Samoa and Madang, Papua New Guinea.
This audit found 31 cases of misconduct committed by aid workers connected to Australian charities. The sector's peak body, the Council for International Development, has promised major changes to protect some of the world's most vulnerable people.
The release of Australia's Foreign Policy White Paper late last year had been much anticipated, not least because it was the first such paper in over a decade. Notable was that the Pacific island region (including Timor-Leste) had been accorded a chapter of its own....
This paper proposes a refreshed policy on New Zealand's strategic relationship with the Pacific. The document includes an outline for developing deeper partnerships with Pacific Island countries; adopting the following principles of engagement; understanding, friendship, mutual benefit, collective ambition and sustainability; seeking to bolster the...
Released under the official information act, this paper builds a case for early, calibrated and transparent New Zealand action on Pacific climate change-relate displacement and migration.
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 (PACER) 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...
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.
AUSTRAC assessed the overall ML/TF risks associated with remittances sent through remittance providers from Australia to Pacific Island countries as low. This was based on the low level of criminality associated with these remittances and the generally low value of remittances being sent to support...
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...
Discusses two sets of industry guidelines published by the Chinese government for Chinese companies investing in overseas mining projects.
Asking, what would a successfully localised disaster management ecosystem in the Pacific look like, and what changes do Red Cross and the broader humanitarian system need to make to get there?, This report presents the findings of research conducted across the Pacific region in 2017...