Tag Archives: Samoa

Disaster relief for Samoa and Fiji in the wake of Cyclone Evan

The New Zealand NGO Disaster Relief Forum (NDRF) maintains a list of NGOs actively involved in assisting with emergency relief efforts in the region. Please visit the NDRF site to find out how you may contribute to disaster relief this … Continue reading

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Congratulations, Tauvasa Tanuvasa Chou-Lee (PMPA Awardee)!

The Pacific Institute congratulates ANU Master’s students Tauvasa Tanuvasa Chou-Lee (College of Law, pictured left) and Ana Soakai (Crawford School) who were among 30 Pacific students studying in Australia to receive the Prime Minister’s Pacific-Australia (PMPA) Award last Thursday (6 … Continue reading

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Pacific languages expert resigns as NZ government advisor

“One of the region’s most senior experts on Pacific languages has resigned from the advisory council to New Zealand’s Minister of Pacific Island Affairs. Galumalemana Hunkin… stepped down saying New Zealand’s latest Pasifica Education Plan is ignoring the needs and wishes … Continue reading

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Women Leadership in Peacebuilding Program 2013 Academic Scholarship (deadline for applications extended)

The Pacific Institute has just received news from The Pacific Centre for Peacebuilding (PCP) that the deadline has been extended on applications for The Women Leadership in Peacebuilding Program 2013 Academic Scholarship.  This scholarship is intended to meet all of the costs associated with … Continue reading

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Call for proposals: ‘Supporting culture as a vector of democracy and economic growth’

EuropeAid has issued a call for proposals for ‘Supporting culture as a vector of democracy and economic growth’ under the EU thematic programme Investing in People. Deadline for submission of concept notes is 18 December 2012. The call includes two … Continue reading

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Talanoa Oceania 2012 (conference report)

Conference Report by Dr Roannie Ng Shiu and Nacanieli Rika, Co-Convenors of Talanoa Oceania 2012. The 5th Talanoa Oceania conference was held in Canberra from 9-10 November. Talanoa Oceania in Canberra and the Australian National University (ANU) Pacific Institute and … Continue reading

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Preserving important agricultural research at USP

Pacific Beat interview with Senior Librarian Angela Jowitt at USP’s Alafua campus library in Samoa, discussing USP’s work to digitise agricultural research.

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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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Conference: The Challenges for Participatory Development in Contemporary Development Practice

28-29 November 2012, Manning Clark Lecture Theatre, ANU (REGISTRATIONS CLOSED) This is the third conference as part of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) Universities Linkages, which brings scholars and aid practitioners together to discuss important development issues. The programme has a stunning … Continue reading

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Pacific Centre for Peacebuilding scholarships for women (applications due 30 Nov. 2012)

Please note that changes to the submission deadline (now 15 December 2012) and additional information for applicants is on a more recent post to Outrigger. The Pacific Centre for Peacebuilding (PCP) is offering (16) scholarships to qualified women from Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Bougainville, … Continue reading

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Slow economic recovery, fewer tourists: a Samoa update

The Samoan economy has cooled down a lot in the last three years. It made major strides in the early part of the 2000s and then the Global Financial Crisis happened, and we also had the tsunami in 2009. Those are the two key events that have really given a huge shock to the economy in Samoa. In 2009 the economy contracted by 5%. In the last two years we […] Continue reading

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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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Pacific Buzz (October 17): Australia ‘the Cayman Islands for PNG’ | Resource extraction and taxation | Pacific faces economic slowdown… and more

A fortnightly roundup of policy news in the Pacific by the Pacific Institute of Public Policy and the Development Policy Centre. ECONOMICS Australia ‘the Cayman Islands for PNG’ Sam Koim the head of PNG‘s anti-corruption body, Task Force Sweep, has described Australia as the Cayman Islands for Papua New Guinea in a recent speech. Australia has become the primary money laundering destination of choice for corrupt politicians and officials. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has estimated that investment into Australia has reached USD 1.2 […] Continue reading

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Tales of Intellectual Property in the South Pacific (rev. ed.)

SSGM Discussion Paper 3/2012 (revised edition) by Miranda Forsyth is now available: “… to date there is no clear empirical evidence about a link between higher levels of intellectual property rights and increases in technology transfer or innovation in developing countries … claims … 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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