Tag Archives: Samoa

PNG slowdown pushing regional growth lower in the Pacific

In the latest issue of the Pacific Economic Monitor, released yesterday (March 26), the ADB forecasts that the average rate of growth in its 14 developing member countries in the Pacific region will fall to 5.2%, as earlier gains from major foreign investments and public infrastructure projects fade. The performance of the region’s larger natural resource exporting economies (Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Timor-Leste) continues to drive the economic outlook, […] Continue reading

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Australia Awards Scholarships and Australia Awards Pacific Scholarships (applications now open)

Applications are now open for the 2014 round of Australia Awards Scholarships. Information for applicants, (including details of who to contact with scholarship inquiries and cut-off-dates for applications) are available on AusAID’s website. You may also view eligibility and other … Continue reading

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New website for “Engendering Persons, Transforming Things: Christianities, Commodities and Individualism in Oceania”

Professor Margaret Jolly’s ARC Laureate Project Engendering Persons, Transforming Things: Christianities, Commodities and Individualism in Oceania has a new website.* This project “addresses a profound and long-debated question about the historical interaction between Oceanic and western constructs of the person and contemporary controversies … Continue reading

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Connecting Moana: Oceania’s Universities take the lead in Pan-Pacific Online Course Delivery

by Dr Paul D’Arcy, History, CHL. [about this image*] For the last two years a quiet educational revolution with profound implications for education outreach and collaborative teaching and research has been taking place across the entire breadth of the Pacific Islands. The … Continue reading

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Pacific Buzz (Feb. 27): ‘Dili consensus’ | PNG sorcery and violence | Pacific Plan attacked | More

A fortnightly roundup of policy news in the Pacific by the Pacific Institute of Public Policy and the Development Policy Centre. POLITICS g7+ holds post-MDG conference in Dili This week in Dili, Timor-Leste, The Pacific Institute of Public Policy (PiPP) is facilitating a major global conference, bringing together representatives from the Pacific and 18 of the world’s most vulnerable countries, grouped together in a new body known as the “g7 Plus”. The conference […] Continue reading

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Welcome, Lindsay Cameron!

Lindsay Cameron is a new PhD student in the School of Culture, History and Language. He currently lives in Melbourne and drives to Canberra once a month for campus events and library research. His research topic is “The Convergence of … Continue reading

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Marketi Ples 2013 (art and handicrafts from the Pacific Islands)

Opening 6pm Wed 20 February (exhibition runs from 20 Feb – 10 Mar 2013) Global Gallery, 5 Comber St, Paddington, Sydney (download a flyer). Sponsored by Pacific Islands Trade and Invest.

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Fostering skilled migration and the APTC

Michael Clemens is a Senior Fellow and Research Manager at the Center for Global Development (CGD) where he leads the Migration and Development Initiative. This post is the second in a two part series. It is an edited transcript of an interview conducted by Stephen Howes (a podcast of the interview is available here) after a recent presentation at ANU that Michael delivered on his work (podcast of the presentation […] Continue reading

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Film screening: O Le Tulafale / The Orator

6pm, Wednesday 20 February 2013, Coombs Lecture Theatre (download one of two promotional flyers). This event is sponsored by the ANU Pacific Institute. Note: This screening will feature a pre-recorded interview between Director, Tusi Tamasese and Valerie Bichard. “The Orator … Continue reading

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The economic costs of non-communicable diseases in the Pacific Islands

There are three main messages contained in the recently released World Bank report ‘The economic costs of Non-Communicable Diseases in the Pacific Islands: a rapid stocktake of the situation in Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu‘ (available here [PDF]) (the report did not include analysis of Papua New Guinea). First, Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) impose large health, financial and economic costs on developing countries, including those in the Pacific. NCDs, including heart disease, […] Continue reading

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UQ ePress new Pacific titles

Prof. Clive Moore (UQ) and Prof. Brij Lal (ANU) have been working to establish a Pacific series in the UQ ePress. The first publications in this series contain two new titles (the first in this list) and the reissue of … Continue reading

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World Bank Praxis Discussion Series: Health in a Developing World (focus on the Pacific)

The latest Praxis video discussion is informed by the November 2012 World Bank report on The Economic Costs of Non-Communicable Diseases in the Pacific Islands (with a focus on Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu).

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What constitutes donor dependence? Health financing in the Pacific

Across the developing world and in the Pacific region in particular, there has long been criticism of the over-reliance on donors (indeed this topic has been highlighted recently on devpolicy with regard to NGOs). Pacific Island countries (PICs) have been some of the largest recipients of official development assistance over the past decades. This has been particularly true in the health sector where a few PICs are among the largest […] Continue reading

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ADB Pacific Economic Monitor (December 2012)

“The December 2012 edition of the Pacific Economic Monitor examines the fiscal position of ADB’s Pacific developing member countries and their budget plans for 2013. Special articles included in this issue focus on economic management and growth prospects in smaller … Continue reading

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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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