• Making aid work

    Stephanie Copus-Campbell     |      November 19, 2018

    We should not accept a continued lack of progress across the Pacific as the norm. Instead, we should all agree that it’s possible to create a partnership that delivers large-scale change and remain committed and vigilant in ensuring this happens.

  • Australia’s Pacific funding requires a dedicated agency

    Alan McCormack     |      November 17, 2018

    If Australian policymakers want to get serious about integrating regional development assistance projects into the national security policy objectives, they should establish a dedicated agency.

  • Mobile money creates opportunities in PNG

    Mark Moran     |      November 13, 2018

    PNG is a place of great complexity, with a development landscape littered with failed efforts. The potential for mobile money is often expressed in terms of financial inclusion, but there is also potential to improve development and governance.

  • Morrison’s Pacific pivot

    Michael Shoebridge     |      November 11, 2018

    The Prime Minister has outlined a practical and imaginative new strategy on issues critical to our region’s security, prosperity and people-to-people connections.

  • Why Australia’s aid is a key soft-power asset

    Dane Moores     |      November 8, 2018

    An expanded program to reduce poverty and encourage human development in our region would multiply the positive outcomes of Australian aid and improve Australia’s standing and influence in the world.

  • Low-cost tsunami warning system could help protect Pacific islanders

    Open Forum     |      November 6, 2018

    A simple and low cost early warning system could help prevent deaths in regions vulnerable to tsunamis after successful trials in Vanuatu last month.

  • Shorten proposes investment bank to help Pacific nations’ development

    Michelle Grattan     |      October 31, 2018

    Bill Shorten has hinted that Labor would set up a government-backed infrastructure investment bank to promote concessional financing for nation-building projects in the Pacific.

  • Connectivity is about people rather than technology

    Peter Kenilorea     |      October 25, 2018

    People in the Pacific have connected across its vast expanse for millennia, and new digital cables will help bring people together to create ‘One Pacific’ over time, strengthening traditional ties and human relationships rather than replacing them.

  • Australia steps up its Pacific pivot

    Joanne Wallis     |      October 22, 2018

    Australian strategic interest in the Pacific islands is reaching heights not seen since the international intervention in the Solomon Islands in 2003, thanks to increased concern about China’s growing presence in the region.

  • Turning the cybersecurity spotlight on the Pacific

    Open Forum     |      October 21, 2018

    A digital tsunami is engulfing the Pacific. Undersea cables are gradually bringing high-speed internet connections, with all its thrills and risks, to remote island nations. This new connectivity brings a host of opportunities, but care must be taken to guard against risks too.

  • Youth empowerment for social good: Samoan start-up seeks to digitally revolutionise education

    Olisana Mariner     |      October 18, 2018

    A young Samoan entrepreneur with a passion for education and technology, Olisana Mariner, talks about her recent visit to Sydney to participate in the Pacific Connect Forum and a mentoring session at Stone & Chalk, Asia’s largest fintech start-up hub.

  • 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.