Category Regional

Did New Zealand put the R into RAMSI?

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By James Batley One of the noticeable features of Australia’s response to the Solomon Islands government’s request for security assistance on 25 November was Scott Morrison’s instinctive desire to broaden the response to a regional level. Solomon Islands Prime Minister…

Surge in sago sickness in PNG

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By Mikaela Seymour Sago is one of the most important carbohydrates in Papua New Guinea (PNG). It is refined from the sago palm tree (Metroxylon sagu), which is widespread in lowland areas of the country, especially in Western and Sepik…

Diaspora, loved ones and COVID-19

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By Sadhana SenAlongside the myriad stories of closed borders, unemployment, struggling health systems, surging COVID cases and accompanying increase in poverty, there is another heart-wrenching COVID-19 experience – not being able to be with loved ones in their last days…

Skills sector reform in Vanuatu

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By Ellis Silas Jerrol Arnhambat, Fenda Sam, Anthony BaileyIn recognition of the centrality of human resource development to economic growth outcomes, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)-funded skills development programs around the Pacific region have been supporting…

Fruit pickers want to choose their own path

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By Michael RoseAnthropologists have long written about the role of serendipity in their work. Days can go by in which nothing very interesting seems to happen, and then something occurs that is not just compelling but brings the whole dull…

Gender-based violence and private security in Papua New Guinea

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By Grant Walton, Sinclair DinnenPapua New Guinea has well-publicised problems with gender-based violence (GBV) and crime. According to one study, 59% of women aged 15-49 years have experienced physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. High-profile cases such as the…