APIBC Articles of Interest, August 2016
The following is a selection of articles from various sources relating to the Pacific region. Opinions and information expressed in these articles are the views of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Business Council or its members.
— By Various
17th August - Pacific churches preach against domestic violence - Radio NZ
Pacific churches are preaching against violence towards women to counter warped interpretations of bible verses used to oppress women, a UN-led meeting has been told.
5th August - Climate change financing in the Pacific – Carola Betzold
In a new Devpolicy Discussion Paper entitled ‘Aid and adaptation to climate change in Pacific Island Countries’, Carola Betzold undertakes a detailed analysis of adaptation aid flows in the Pacific.
29th July - After the Floods: Urban Displacement, Lessons from Solomon Islands - Meg Keen and Alan McNeil
This In Brief documents the challenges government authorities — the Honiara City Council (HCC) and the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Survey (MLHS) — faced when they created a new subdivision for the displaced, April Ridge, and considers the lessons for more responsive planning.
4th July - Melanesia academic, Jonathan Pryke calls for Australia's next government to develop long-term Pacific strategy
With Australia's election result on a knife edge and the focus on establishing political stability in Australia, Jonathan Pryke, research fellow with the Lowy Institute's Melanesia Program, says that as has been the case in the past, the Pacific will not be high on the incoming government's list of priorities.
1st July - Aid law: what is it good for?
Robin Davies and Camilla Burkot reflect, in this blog and policy brief, on Labor's commitment to introduce aid legislation if elected. They draw on international experience to come up with a list of pros and cons, do’s and don’ts. While wary about 'rosy, vague and pointless' legislation, they find merit in a legislative focus on monitoring, evaluation and transparency requirements. “Legislating for searching scrutiny is not the same thing as legislating for effective aid, but it might well be the best proxy.”
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