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From small community organisations on remote atolls to regional NGOs in urban capitals, civil society actors in the Pacific play vital roles. As partners of states and businesses, civil society actors often provide inclusive basic services; they also play a watchdog role and exert pressure to demand accountability; and as advocates they defend the rights of marginalized people. It is the sum of these different roles, across a wide range of interest areas, which constitutes a vibrant civil society.

1 03, 2019

PIANGO: Ensure disability inclusion and ownership in humanitarian responses

2019-03-01T01:25:03+00:00March 1st, 2019|Categories: Featured, News from Pacific Regional NGO (PRNGO) Alliance, Pacific Civil Society, Pacific Identities, Pacific Resilience, Pasifika Rising News|Tags: , , , , , |

There is a need to build meaningful relationships and create enabling spaces that gain the trust of people living with disabilities. Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organisation (PIANGO) Research and Policy Officer Josaia Osborne in his presentation at the 6th Pacific Regional Conference on Disability (Conference programme | Word doc) in Nadi, Fiji said a

13 12, 2018

‘Poor humanitarian coordination causes more harm than good for women’

2018-12-13T12:32:08+00:00December 13th, 2018|Categories: Pacific Civil Society, Pacific Identities, Pasifika Rising News|Tags: , , , , |

The competition for space by donors, intergovernmental agencies and international NGOs in Pacific countries in the aftermath of disasters causes more harm than good, a major regional meeting on ending violence against women has heard. Poor coordination and a failure to connect with local groups already working on the ground often lead to a

5 12, 2018

Commonwealth grants for civil society organisations in PNG, Tonga, Vanuatu

2018-12-05T09:45:10+00:00December 5th, 2018|Categories: Featured, Pacific Civil Society|Tags: , , , |

The Commonwealth Foundation has announced the opening of its annual grants call. In the Pacific, applications this year are open to Papua New Guinea, Tonga and Vanuatu. Grants of up to £50,000 are available in support of innovative project ideas that seek to strengthen the ability of civic voices to engage with governments and that

16 11, 2018

Women in the Pacific

2018-11-16T10:01:15+00:00November 16th, 2018|Categories: News from Melanesia, News from Micronesia, News from Polynesia, Pacific Civil Society, Pasifika Rising News|Tags: , , , , |

Today, the issue of human rights, gender-based violence and decision making, are high on the agenda of Pacific leaders, but there is still much work to do. Women and girls in the Pacific face some of the highest levels of the violence which intimately affects all aspects of their lives. To

15 11, 2018

Youth in the Pacific

2018-11-16T09:56:13+00:00November 15th, 2018|Categories: News from Melanesia, News from Micronesia, News from Polynesia, Pacific Civil Society, Pasifika Rising News|Tags: , , , |

Youth are constantly acknowledged as the 'future' and key to resolving many of the region's issues, but still face all kinds of challenges, including tokenism from leaders, access to resources and lack of interest. A large proportion of the population of most Pacific Island Countries consists of young people. Youth are

15 11, 2018

Organisational Capacity Assessment Guide for Pacific Civil Society Organisations

2018-11-17T20:50:42+00:00November 15th, 2018|Categories: Pacific Civil Society, Pasifika Rising News, Resources|Tags: , , |

Download this Document This guide is part of a package of capacity development activities developed by the Raising Pacific Voices programme (RPV), a three-year civil society strengthening programme. It is intended to assist people working to strengthen inclusive, transparent, accountable and effective civil society organisations (CSOs) in the Pacific region. The guide provides

14 11, 2018

Civic space in the Pacific

2018-11-16T09:46:52+00:00November 14th, 2018|Categories: Pacific Civil Society, Pasifika Rising News|Tags: , , , |

Collective action by civil society groups in the Pacific has a proud history but is also fraught with challenges Collective action by civil society groups in the Pacific has a proud history but is also fraught with challenges. With technology, civic action has become easier but there also remains the challenge

6 11, 2018

Civil Society Accountability Principles and Practice – A toolkit for civil society organisations in the Pacific region

2018-11-06T13:43:26+00:00November 6th, 2018|Categories: Pacific Civil Society, Pacific Civil Society, Resources|

Download this Document How Change Happens - Duncan Green Civil society organisations (CSOs) in the Pacific region play an important role both in providing services to communities, thereby filling gaps in services otherwise provided by the state and often working with governments to do so, and in advocating for change

5 11, 2018

How Change Happens

2018-11-06T13:43:26+00:00November 5th, 2018|Categories: Pacific Civil Society, Pacific Civil Society, Resources|

Download this Document How Change Happens English (1.4MB) Human society is full of would-be ‘change agents’, a restless mix of campaigners, lobbyists, and officials, both individuals and organizations, set on transforming the world. They want to improve public services, reform laws and regulations, guarantee human rights, get a fairer

5 11, 2018

A Quick Guide to Engaging with Regional Policy in the Pacific

2018-11-06T13:43:26+00:00November 5th, 2018|Categories: Pacific Civil Society, Pacific Civil Society, Resources|

Download this Document A Quick Guide to Engaging with Regional Policy in the Pacific English (600 KB) The purpose of this booklet is to provide information on the regional governance system and share some ideas on how civil society can constructively engage to influence policy. Pacific Leaders have expressed

5 11, 2018

A Capacity Development Plan for CSOs in the Pacific (UNDP)

2018-11-06T13:43:26+00:00November 5th, 2018|Categories: Pacific Civil Society, Pacific Civil Society, Resources|

Download this Document A Capacity Development Plan for CSOs in the Pacific English (1.3 MB) A Capacity Development Plan for CSOs in the Pacific is the last in a set of three publications that resulted from a capacity assessment study conducted under the facilitation of the UNDP Pacific Centre,

15 10, 2018

Pacific leadership: Are we seeing a changing of the guard?

2018-10-15T16:01:47+00:00October 15th, 2018|Categories: Featured, Large Ocean States, Pacific Civil Society, Pacific Identities|Tags: , , , |

By Dr TRANSFORM AQORAU* The ceremonial changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace is a tourist attraction for people form all over the world. It is wonderfully atttactive and captivating occasion. Dr Transform Aqorau Photo: iss-foundation.org In our beautiful Pacific Islands region, we too are going through a changing of the guards

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