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Pacific Buzz (December 19): 2012 in review

Elections | Geopolitics | Economics | Migration | Aid | Trade | Sustainability The curtain is drawing to a close on 2012, a big year for the Pacific. In this final edition of the Pacific Buzz (our 25th for the year), the Pacific Institute of Public Policy and the Development Policy Centre bring you some of the main highlights. The Pacific Buzz will return on January 30, 2013. We wish all our readers a happy Christmas and New Year, and […] Continue reading

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Development in the Pacific islands: what can we learn from experience?

On 6-8 November 2012 at USP, Suva, twenty-five men and four women (three more women withdrew too late for them to be replaced), all senior practitioners or analysts of social and economic development in Pacific island countries (PICs) and two-thirds of them Pacific islanders by descent, met by invitation in a ‘What We Can Learn’ project symposium to consider and debate what they had learned from their aggregate of a […] Continue reading

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Pacific and Caribbean integration: between a rock and a hard place?

This post is based on Bob Warner’s recently published Development Policy Discussion Paper, Caribbean integration – lessons for the Pacific. In a recent post, Matthew Dornan expressed concern that a recent damning review of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat may be ignored.  The Forum is not the only regional body contemplating critical reviews. A recent draft report by the Asian Development Bank Institute was quite critical of the Secretariat of […] Continue reading

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PNG 37 years after Independence: the question of leadership

PNG’s founding fathers searched internationally and domestically, in the oracles of our ancestors and in the chronicles of the established nations to determine a way forward for the nation that they were prepared to give their all for. They wanted the citizens of PNG to be holistically strong, equal and to participate in the nation’s development. They wanted them to be proud and patriotic in their national identity, environmentally conscious […] Continue reading

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A brighter future for the Pacific: an interview with ADB Vice-President Stephen Groff (Part II)

Robin: Your remarks at the 2012 Pacific Islands Forum in Rarotonga expressed a great deal of optimism about the prospects for the region. You said that the Pacific was on the cusp of a new era. That’s not a view that’s universally held. What do you see as the major factors that are going to make a difference for the region? Stephen: There are a couple of points here. First, […] Continue reading

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Poor political governance in Solomon Islands – what can donors do?

In recent blog posts (here and here) I have discussed problems of political governance in Solomon Islands, along with their probable causes. This discussion was, in part, a response to an excellent discussion paper and blog posts (here and here) written by the World Bank’s Tobias Haque. In the paper and posts Tobias argued that political governance problems in Solomons are better explained by rational actor based models than by alternative explanations in […] Continue reading

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Poor political governance in Solomon Islands – what use rational choice explanations?

What are the causes of poor political governance in Solomon Islands? In a previous post I pointed out that this is an important development question. And, prompted by two blog posts (here and here) and a Discussion Paper [PDF] written by Tobias Haque, I started to examine potential causes of poor political governance. In particular, broadly in agreement with Tobias, I argued that the central problems of political governance in […] Continue reading

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Review – Interpreting Corruption: Culture and Politics in the Pacific Islands

“I have watched the euphoria of independence throughout the Pacific degenerate after ten years into political corruption, and how our people become involved in that. Our new leadership, our new elite – of which I am a member, I am sorry to say – is carrying out a form of colonialism which may even be worse than what we got rid of” (Samoan Novelist, Albert Wendt 1993). Peter Larmour’s recent […] Continue reading

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Poor political governance in Solomon Islands – is culture the cause?

It is hard to spend time in the Solomon Islands and not notice just how poor national political governance is. Vested interests wield considerable power, parliament rarely sits, legislation is infrequently passed, political coalitions are unstable, and Ministerial posts are typically awarded based on expediency rather than relevant skills. These political problems contribute to all sorts of development problems, including environmental degradation and poor government service delivery. Given this, a […] Continue reading

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Paper presented by Stephen Smith MP, Minister for Defence on the 2013 Defence White Paper

On Thursday 9 August 2012, the Minister for Defence, Stephen Smith MP, delivered a speech at the Lowy Institute on how the Australian Government is addressing defence challenges ahead in the next Defence White Paper.DOWNLOAD PDF Continue reading

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What future for the seasonal worker program? A conference report

A conference to launch the Australian Government’s Seasonal Worker Program was held in Sydney on 1-3 August 2012. It attracted a large number of participants from the Pacific and Timor-Leste. Also present were industry association representatives, and a few employment services (labour hire) companies and growers from the main industry it is serving, namely horticulture. The official description of the Seasonal Worker Program, the new permanent program which in July […] Continue reading

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Education Buzz (Aug 3): a new education in development collaboration

A new education in development collaboration A successful Education Effectiveness and Collaboration Forum was held at the Australian National University on 13 March this year, co-hosted by the Development Policy Centre, Save the Children Fund and AusAID. Discussions at the Forum led to the idea of establishing a network of people involved in the education sector of international development assistance. It has been agreed to begin by encouraging contributions about […] Continue reading

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Pasifika mural (at ANU) – come paint with us!

Where? i-Block (Old admin block b/t Law and Menzies Library ) When? All day Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (30, 31 July and 1 August, 2012) What to bring? Paints and brushes provided. BYO snacks and smocks! This week, as part of … Continue reading

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