Features Archive April 2022

Bogia Rural Hospital, Madang Province, PNG.

COVID-19 and TB in PNG: A Healthcare Opportunity

In Papua New Guinea, the COVID-19 outbreak has spread rapidly to all 22 provinces, affecting many people.
Rhoda Sikilabu, Premier for Isabel Province and the first female Premier in the Solomon Islands.

Solomon Islands’ First Female Premier: Lessons Learned

In late March 2022, 16 years after she was first elected to the Isabel Provincial Assembly in Solomon Islands, Rhoda Sikilabu became the country’s first female premier. The four-time MPA and former Deputy Premier replaced Leslie Kikolo who resigned a day before he faced a motion of no confidence.
Pickup truck in Auki, Malaita's provincial capital.

The Solomons Security Shambles, And What it Says About Us

A spectre is haunting the Pacific. It is focused on Solomon Islands today, but has eyes everywhere and might pounce anywhere next.
If steps are taken to establish a de facto permanent military presence, power-projection capabilities, or a military installation, the delegation noted that the United States would then have significant concerns and respond accordingly.

Press Statement from The White House

Readout of Senior Administration Travel to Hawaii, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, and Solomon Islands.
UN General Assembly emergency special session on Ukraine, 24/3/2022.

Developing Country Views on Russia’s Invasion

On the day of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, 24 February, the South African government had a clear message: Russia should immediately withdraw its armed forces from Ukraine in accordance with the UN Charter.
Overall, our research suggests that anti-corruption reform in the post-RAMSI period has been marked by positive and negative trends.

Long Live RAMSI? Peace-building, Anti-corruption and Political Will in Solomon Islands

Over the past three decades, anti-corruption reforms have become a central part of international post-conflict interventions.
Most Pacific Labour Scheme (PLS) workers are employed in abattoirs – at last count it was two-thirds of the 6,000 plus PLS workers now in Australia.

A Pathway to Permanency for Pacific Meat Workers

Under the Pacific Labour Scheme (PLS), Pacific and Timor-Leste nationals can work in Australia for up to four years in a range of occupations in regional areas. The PLS started in 2018, so the first workers are now coming up to the four-year mark. At that point, they will have to return home.
Building Coalitions for Development: Australia’s Turn

Building Coalitions for Development: Australia’s Turn

Last year both the US and the UK made explicit statements recognising development as a key pillar of foreign policy.
Members of RAMSI military destroy surrendered weapons, west Honiara, Solomon Islands, 2003.

Rethinking Solomon Islands Security

It has been an interesting couple of weeks for Solomon Islands, with stories of policing, weapons, replica weapons and a security agreement with China dominating the local and regional media.