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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.

6 11, 2018

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

2019-04-02T17:00:36+12:00November 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

2019-04-02T17:00:36+12:00November 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

2019-04-02T17:00:36+12:00November 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)

2019-04-02T17:00:37+12:00November 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+12:00October 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

4 10, 2018

Blue Economy about Pacific determining own agenda: Dame Meg

2018-10-05T08:05:16+12:00October 4th, 2018|Categories: Featured, Large Ocean States, Pacific Civil Society, Pasifika Rising News|Tags: , |

The Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, Dame Meg Taylor, says the ‘Blue Pacific’ identity is about collective empowerment of Pacific people to determine their own development agenda. Dame Meg made the comment in Suva on 27 August 2018 at the University of the South Pacific’s Research Week. “The Blue Pacific is about

2 10, 2018

Pacific NGOs strengthen governance with UN regional anti-corruption project

2018-10-15T14:39:00+12:00October 2nd, 2018|Categories: News from Pacific Regional NGO (PRNGO) Alliance, Pacific Civil Society, Pasifika Rising News|Tags: , , , , |

Pacific regional non-government organisations are benefiting from a new partnership between the Pacific Regional NGO Alliance (PRNGO) and the UN Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption (UN-PRAC) Project to strengthen governance within NGOs. PRNGO and UN-PRAC recently undertook a workshop in Suva, Fiji with PRNGO representatives to provide recommendations on updating and strengthening governance in PRNGO’s 14-year-old

27 09, 2018

Unpacking conflict of interest in the civil society sector

2018-10-22T14:09:13+12:00September 27th, 2018|Categories: Pacific Civil Society, Pasifika Rising News|Tags: , , , |

The Raising Pacific Voices program hosted a dinner for civil society sector workers to unpack the concept of conflict of interest and the difficulties of getting around this in Pacific communities. The event was convened on the sidelines of a workshop facilitated by the United Nations Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption

20 09, 2018

Pacific Catalyst will foster innovative fisheries policies and a new generation of leaders

2018-10-15T16:50:58+12:00September 20th, 2018|Categories: Large Ocean States, Pacific Civil Society, Pacific Resilience|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

A consortium of educators and international policy experts aims to develop and inspire a new generation of fisheries leaders across the Pacific Islands region. Pacific Catalyst is a partnership of the University of the South Pacific, the University of Wollongong, Duke University, iTunaIntel and Environmental Defense Fund. Dr. Transform Aqorau, former deputy director of

15 09, 2018

The implications for a Pacific Blue Economy and the vital role of civil society organisations

2018-10-15T15:52:46+12:00September 15th, 2018|Categories: Large Ocean States, News from Pacific Regional NGO (PRNGO) Alliance, Pacific Civil Society|Tags: , , , |

By JAMES SLOAN* Pacific Island Countries (PICs) have legal rights to and within enormous ocean areas. These legal rights are, to a large extent, provided by operation of international law and are codified in the 1982 Law of the Sea Convention (LOSC). The LOSC is often referred to as a

22 08, 2018

Prime Minister of Samoa speaking on the Blue Pacific at Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat – August 2018

2018-10-01T12:16:34+12:00August 22nd, 2018|Categories: Large Ocean States, News from Polynesia, Pacific Civil Society, Pasifika Rising News, SUNGO|Tags: |

As Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum, #Samoa has spoken a lot about the the #BluePacific. Last year's Communique from Forum Leaders says the #BluePacific is about Pacific people. Populations across our ocean of islands, who recognise their needs and potential, who plan and own their future, and

20 08, 2018

Emerging Leaders meet with Kiribati High Commissioner

2018-10-01T12:16:34+12:00August 20th, 2018|Categories: KANGO, News from Micronesia, Pacific Civil Society, Pasifika Rising News|

Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organizations – PIANGO hosted its Third Next Generation Leadership (NGL) Breakfast program for emerging leaders from civil society with the Kiribati High Commissioner to Fiji, David Ateti Teaabo to welcome and celebrate his appointment not only as a relatively young diplomat. Teaabo, himself, a

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