Tag Archives: Marshall Islands

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. POLITICS Pacific elections wrap There has been a lot of political activity in the Pacific with elections in Vanuatu, Palau, American Samoa and Guam. Intense negotiations continue in Vanuatu as two rival groups seek to form a coalition government when parliament convenes on 19 November to elect a new prime minister. The […] Continue reading

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The tides of change

A new wave of US engagement in the Pacific is set to benefit the region’s nations as the US responds to the global rise of China, writes Stewart Firth.

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The State of Pacific Towns and Cities: Urbanization in ADB’s Pacific Developing Member Countries

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… Continue reading

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Benchmarking the performance of state owned enterprises in PNG

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) recently launched its latest state-owned enterprise (SOE) benchmarking study, entitled Finding Balance: Benchmarking the Performance of SOEs in PNG.  This is not only the first time that PNG has participated in the study series, but the first time that the financial performance of PNG’s SOEs has been made publicly available. The study compares PNG’s SOE portfolio over a 9-year period with that of 5 other […] Continue reading

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ANU’s new student group: the Micronesian and Australian Friends Association

  The Australian National University has a new student group geared towards increasing the awareness of Micronesians in Australia – the Micronesian and Australian Friends Association (MAFA).  The ANU-chartered student group was formed in May 2012 by a small group … Continue reading

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Finding Balance: Benchmarking the Performance of State-Owned Enterprises in Papua New Guinea

This study benchmarks the performance of Papua New Guinea’s State-owned enterprises with those of Fiji, the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, and Tonga; assesses the key drivers of this performance; and identifies successful reform strate… Continue reading

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World Heritage in a Sea of Islands: Pacific 2009 Programme

World Heritage Papers 34 has just been released. It is a compilation of documents and papers relating to UNESCO’s Pacific 2009 Programme (2000-2009) and includes reports of regional consultations, expert papers, progress and monitoring reports. “Despite its extraordinary cultural and biological diversity, the Pacific … Continue reading

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Pacific Energy Update 2012 (ADB)

This document provides an update of the existing 2012 portfolio of Pacific energy sector projects and a summary of requested assistance for 2013. Continue reading

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Jobs: Coastal Community Adaptation Project, Fiji

Roles for a Development Outreach Coordinator, Civil/Environmental Engineer, and a Community Liaison Specialist for an anticipated five-year USAID Coastal Community Adaptation Program (C-CAP) that will support district and community-level climate change adaptation interventions in nine to eleven Pacific Island countries. The objective … Continue reading

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New tools in mapping for disasters and development

GFDRR Innovation Series: On May 3, 2012, around 200 mapping experts and development professionals from 70 organisations met

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11th Festival of Pacific Arts: ‘Culture in Harmony with Nature’

From 1-14 July 2012, thousands of artists and performers from the region will gather in Honiara for the Pacific’s largest, most colourful and exciting cultural event. The 11th Festival of Pacific Arts will feature traditional and contemporary visual and performing arts – … Continue reading

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Update on ADB projects in the Pacific (30 April 2012)

The Asian Development Bank has just released new fact sheets for the following Pacific Island nations: Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Indonesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga, … Continue reading

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Welcome Ingrid Ahlgren!

This March ANU welcomed new PhD student Ingrid Ahlgren to the RMAP program in the College of Asia Pacific. She joins us most recently from the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) where she has been working for the past … Continue reading

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Applications open: Australian Development and Australian Leadership Awards Scholarships (close 30 April 2012)

Applications are now open for Australian Development Scholarships and Australian Leadership Award Scholarships (facilitated through AusAID). Information about specific eligibility criteria are available for the following Pacific Island states: Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Pacific Collectivities (New … Continue reading

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Presidential perspectives on political economy in Micronesia

Ben Graham co-authored a chapter of the new ADB report ‘The Political Economy of Economic Reform in the Pacific‘. Here, he shares some insights from his research. On a late 1996 afternoon in the Marshall Islands, during a heated Cabinet discussion about an ongoing reduction-in-force effort in government, an elderly President interrupted his economic advisor with a simple yet powerful question. “Excuse me. Have you ever run a country?” The advisor and the room fell silent… So I am told. I was not there and […] Continue reading

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