In Solomon Islands, six women candidates ran as independents, accounting for 30 per cent of female candidates, compared to 34 per cent of total candidates.

Women's Political Representation in Solomon Islands

After a 12-month delay, the 12th Solomon Islands national general elections were held on 17 April 2024.
Disinformation, scams, and technology-facilitated abuse, for example, threaten to undermine that important progress that has been made in connecting the Pacific.

Empowering Pacific CSOs through UNDP's Digital Democracy Initiative

A small grant can be a powerful tool for change, especially in the Pacific, where rapidly increasing connectivity and the lowering of costs associated with access to the digital space have been a game-changer.
Research found that there was significant support for more women in politics within the community (88%); however, only one in five people had ever voted for a female candidate.

Increasing Women’s Political Representation in Solomon Islands

On 29 December 2023, the Solomon Islands National Cabinet approved the introduction of temporary special measures (TSMs) to improve women’s political representation in the Provincial Government Assemblies (PGAs).
Prime Minister Manele's has said that GNUT’s “most important priority … is economic transformation,” and called on stakeholders to help the government grow the economy.

Manele’s Leadership in Solomon Islands: Opportunities and Challenges

Solomon Islands’ new prime minister Jeremiah Manele brings a new leadership style to the position, compared to the abrasive approach of his predecessor, Manasseh Sogavare.
My work contributes to shaping the One Ocean Hub’s interdisciplinary endeavors by intricately weaving together the threads of colonial history, legal geography, and Indigenous epistemology and ontology.

Spotlight on Early-Career Researchers: Lysa Wini-Simeon

I am Lysa Wini, a researcher originating from Lau Lagoon in the Solomon Islands. Lau Lagoon, deeply ingrained in our cultural tapestry, serves as our enduring home, fashioned from sea rocks and sustaining the livelihoods of ocean-dependent communities, known as the imola i asi, for over five centuries.
Many have speculated why Nauru shifted allegiances again, as it did between 2002 and 2005. Without a doubt there were sweeteners. That’s politics. The timing of Nauru’s switch appears deliberately designed to take the wind out of Taiwan’s sails after the pro-sovereignty presidential election result.

Nauru’s Diplomatic Switch to China – the Rising Stakes in Pacific Geopolitics

Nauru’s decision to switch diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China has nothing to do with Australia. It reflects the intense geopolitical competition in the Pacific and the sustained, but not always visible, push from China to erode diplomatic support for Taiwan and further isolate the country.
Like other like-minded commentators in Solomon Islands, Celsius Talifilu—a former public servant and political advisor to the former premier of Malaita province—observes that there is “too much unexplained wealth with many of those who hold higher echelons of power in the country.”

'Unexplained Wealth’ in the Solomons and the Need to Explain?

In Paraguay in 2015, in his meeting with Paraguay’s civil society, Pope Francis of the Roman Catholic Church described corruption as the “gangrene of a people”.
The vote yesterday in the Senate marked a very big step forward towards the introduction of a historic and potentially transformational Pacific window into Australia’s permanent migration regime.

Pacific Engagement Visa Legislation Finally Through

After months of uncertainty, yesterday the legislation required to implement the Pacific Engagement Visa (PEV) passed through the Australian Senate, with the Greens and other crossbenchers providing the numbers the government needed in the face of opposition from the Coalition.
The Catholic Archbishop of Fiji, Archbishop Peter Loy Chong.

Why the Catholic Archbishop of Fiji is Wrong to Condemn Seasonal Work

In a recent Fiji Times opinion piece ‘The dark side of seasonal work’ (16 September 2023), the Catholic Archbishop of Fiji, Peter Loy Chong, made a number of general, emotive and false claims about seasonal workers.
Existing forms of community-based order maintenance struggle to manage newer kinds of disputation and discord, with traditional authority and leadership seriously weakened in many places.

Order-making in the shadow of the law: community by-laws in Solomon Islands

It’s been ten years since the publication of the Justice Delivered Locally (JDL) in Solomon Islands research, documenting justice experiences in rural communities across five of the country’s nine provinces.