• Passports remain a ticket to corruption in the Pacific Islands

    Anthony van Fossen     |      October 15, 2018

    Pacific island countries have sold passports to foreigners since the early 1980s and new ventures to raise revenue risk undermining the region’s domestic probity and international security.

  • Youth Co:Lab Samoa continues to thrive

    Open Forum     |      October 12, 2018

    The Samoa Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in collaboration with the UN Development Program, hosted the first ever Youth Co:Lab Samoa Workshop in the Pacific region.  Twenty young Samoans with a passion for social innovation and entrepreneurship were part of this inaugural program.

  • Digital connectivity to boost educational opportunities in the Solomon Islands

    Benjamin Blackshaw     |      October 10, 2018

    Education and training are of fundamental importance to the use of cable connectivity and the future of the Solomon Islands. Benjamin Blackshaw reports from the Pacific Connect workshop in Honiara.

  • Floriculture to alleviate poverty

    Aileen Burness     |      October 9, 2018

    A Fijian couple is changing lives of the poorest women across the country through floriculture. Aileen and Don Burness are pioneers of a growing floriculture industry in the Pacific and have been working with AusAid on their poverty alleviation project.

  • Pacific Connect’s First Anniversary

    Tina Briggs     |      October 4, 2018

    On 8 September 2017, the Prime Minister announced the Pacific Connect pilot to forge stronger, strategic-level relationships between Pacific and Australian leaders across the public, private, academic and community sectors. The International Centre for Democratic Partnerships (ICDP) began implementing Pacific Connect on 1 October 2017.

  • Bridging the digital divide: Pacific Connect Forum personal report

    Brian Mangi     |      October 3, 2018

    Brian Mangi, Network Administrator for the Solomon Islands National University, recently attended the inaugural Pacific Connect Forum in Sydney and the Pacific Connect–USP Academic Network Dialogue in Suva.

  • Countering China’s challenge in the South Pacific

    Graeme Dobell     |      October 3, 2018

    Australia is taking an increasingly firm line to maintain its interests in the South Pacific to counter the growing economic, political and military challenge from an ever more assertive China.

  • Cultural diplomacy: Australia’s chance in the Pacific

    James Miles Carey     |      September 20, 2018

    With DFAT currently conducting a review of Australia’s Soft Power Review, what is the potential for cultural diplomacy to help Australia achieve its foreign policy goals in the region?

  • Newington College’s enduring partnership with Tonga’s Tupou College

    David Mulford     |      September 20, 2018

    Newington College has maintained strong links with Tonga’s Tupou College since mid-19th century, offering an avenue for talented young Pacific Islanders to expand their horizons and pave the way to their future education opportunities.

  • Student seminar boosts maths and computer science in PNG

    Benjamin Kamaka     |      September 19, 2018

    The University of Papua New Guinea’s Mathematics Statistics and Computer Sciences Students Association held its inaugural MSCS Seminar on 10 August 2018 at the University’s Main Lecture Theater to inform students of current developments and boost interest in the sector.

  • Boe: a confluence

    Paul McCarthy     |      September 18, 2018

    The Pacific’s new security agreement, signed by 18 Pacific Island Forum leaders on 5 September in the Boe district of Nauru, provides an effective framework to holistically address regional security concerns.

  • Tackling diabetes in Fiji

    Open Forum     |      September 15, 2018

    With Fiji’s population suffering the highest rate of diabetes in the world, Central Queensland University researcher, Lydia O’Meara, is educating local farmers on how to overcome and reduce these common but preventable diseases in rural communities.