The shaping of regional and global policymaking by civil society organisations is an ongoing and challenging process in the Pacific. Through relationships with partners and relationship with Pacific civil society networks and alliances, Raising Pacific Voices supports this vision through the institutional strengthening of civil society partners and the wider Pacific civil society community.
Raising Pacific Voices (RPV) is a three-year pilot program supported by the European Union with 2.3 million euros (FJ$5.46m) aimed at strengthening Pacific civil society organisations’ effectiveness in shaping national and regional policy-making.
The project is implemented by Oxfam in the Pacific, working in partnership with Pacific Disability Forum (PDF) and members of the Pacific Regional Non-Governmental Organisations Alliance (PRNGO Alliance) in Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Samoa, Cook Islands, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands.
Oxfam in the Pacific has contributed 250,000 euros (FJ$592,036) to the overall program budget of 2.55 million euros.
Raising Pacific Voices (RPV) rolled out its pilot in partnership with country civil society organisation (CSO) partners in each of the three sub-regions – Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia.
Our partnership with in-country CSOs is vital to achieving two of RPV’s four result areas.
Country CSO partnerships are required for:
- implementing the capacity development program to strengthen governance and transparency of national CSOs; and
- strengthening national CSOs’ capacity to effectively represent constituency voices in relevant local- and national-level governance spaces, customised and tested in each of the three sub-regions.
The three initial country CSO partners in the three sub-regions are:
- Vatu Mauri Consortium in Vanuatu for Melanesia
- Radiation Exposure Awareness Crusaders for Humanity – Marshall Islands for Micronesia
- Civil Society Forum of Tonga, for Polynesia