Report

ICT for development in the Pacific islands

This report reaches five main conclusions for the implementation of e-government and digital government initiatives, and it concludes with four recommendations for future programming of international support in the area of ICTs and e-government.
Thesis

Exploring resilience to climate change and other environmental challenges in Samoan communities

This study challenges the current paradigm that defines resilience as a return to equilibrium, by using a non-equilibrium cultural ecological lens and interpretivist research design. The non-equilibrium view of resilience sees the social systems of island nations as highly dynamic areas, constantly undergoing persistent change...
Commentary

Measles in Samoa: how a small island nation found itself in the grips of an outbreak disaster

Fortunately, with increasing vaccination coverage, we’re now finally seeing signs the number of new measles cases in Samoa is slowing.
Report

Breadfruit market and marketing of Pacific Island Breadfruit with a focus on Fiji & Samoa

Breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis), is widely grown in the Pacific islands where it is often an integral part of traditional agroforestry systems. There are substantial immediate market opportunities to expand fresh and frozen breadfruit export markets – however, significant marketing constraints remain.
Report

Unseen, unsafe: the underinvestment in ending violence against children in the Pacific and Timor-Leste

Violence against children is at endemic levels across Pacific island nations and Timor-Leste. Millions of children experience exceptionally high levels of physical, emotional and sexual violence, as well as neglect.
Report

Opportunities to improve vanilla value chains for small Pacific Island countries

This report focusses on the vanilla sector in the Cook Islands, Niue and Samoa. The research highlights how the vanilla sector is being developed in these Pacific Island countries and the linkages that are being established to regional and/or international markets.
Case study

Promoting cultural heritage for sustainable tourism development: Samoa

A key finding of this research is that while intangible cultural heritage such as dances, performances and craft production is already a mainstay of Samoan tourism, tangible cultural heritage sites beyond the museums and the Samoan Cultural Village in Apia are largely missing.
Case study

Te Ang Maitoro: cooling Kiribati and Samoa

This report puts forward a small number of renewable energy initiatives that have the potential to improve sustainable development and resilience in both countries and strengthen the robustness of their electricity sectors.
Evaluation

Formative evaluation of Business Link Pacific

Business Link Pacific (BLP) is a multi-country small-to-medium enterprise (SME) development activity funded by MFAT at NZD$10m over five years. The goal is to build the market for business advisory services in participating Pacific Island Countries (PICs) and to enable SMEs to access services that...
Poster

Cutting costs while improving care: Samoa's diabetic foot clinic

A retrospective study of medical records provided an opportunity to compare the costs and benefits of the DFC with those of acute hospital care and amputation.