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Pacific Solution Exchange

Posted by Sai Lealea on December 14, 2010

Keith Leonard (ADB), Su’a Kevin Thomsen (PIFS), Knut Otsby (UN) and Jaindra Karan (USP) working together to enhance development effectiveness

Statement from the Steering Committee

At the August 2010 Forum Leaders meeting in Port Vila, Pacific Leaders endorsed the Forum’s Port Vila MDG Declaration (2010).  At the Pacific Regional Aid Effectiveness Workshop in June 2010 in Nadi where the idea of a Pacific Solution Exchange was introduced, aid practitioners from the Pacific Island Countries recognized that “regionally led efforts play an important role in promoting south-south exchanges, knowledge sharing to enhance aid effectiveness efforts between countries in the Pacific and in sharing Pacific experiences in the Asia Pacific and globally.”

One of ten key conclusions of the workshop is the need to further engage countries, regional organizations and development partners in taking the idea of a Pacific Solution Exchange on Development Effectiveness forward as a mechanism for knowledge sharing and a coordination tool for lessons and solutions exchange, and the implementation of the Cairns Compact (2009).

It is in this regard that UNDP, ADB, PIFS and USP are delighted to be launching this trial phase of the Pacific Solution Exchange.  We encourage your active participation in the virtual discussions and are confident that the collective knowledge, expertise, experiences and insights shared through peer learning from one Pacific Island country to another and south-south cooperation from Asia to the Pacific and beyond will contribute to strong development cooperation in the region.
It is hoped that such exchanges will lead to a mass of critical thinking and body of evidence that can inform prescient work in addressing the existing challenge of financing accelerated progress in MDGs and emerging challenges such as the impacts of climate change and the recent global economic crisis as well as future crises and how we can better cope in the region.

The Trial Period

During the initial six-month trial period a number of “e-Discussions” will be facilitated on key issues and priorities affecting the Pacific.  The e-Discussions aim to engage national and regional stakeholders (governments, regional organizations, non-state actors and development partners) towards the interest/viability of continuing knowledge facilitation services.  The trial period will:

  • Validate the membership/scope for Pacific communities of practice;
  • Identify key issues and approaches to knowledge sharing in the Pacific;
  • Facilitate knowledge sharing on 3-6 key development issues in the Pacific;
  • Determine the interest/viability of continuing knowledge facilitation services;
  • Identify requirements for knowledge facilitation beyond the trial phase.

Should the trial be successful, the extending the services from ‘e-discussion’ to include the four Solution Exchange services.

Solution Exchange Services

Help – for members seeking experience and advice on issues they face

Consult – for decision-makers seeking feedback on draft policies or programmes

Discuss – for brainstorming on key issues of wide concern to the Community

Collaborate – for members working in small groups to produce a quick, strategic deliverable such as a project proposal, strategic plan, or pilot project


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Tonga: Talanoa continues in the search for a united government

Posted by Sai Lealea on December 14, 2010

Pacific Scoop – 14 December 2010 – By Josephine Latu, in Nuku’alofa.

Tonga’s elected politicians are beginning to realise they will have to work together if any new government is to be functional, let alone sustainable.

With less than a week to go before elected MPs vote for the new Prime Minister (official nominations will be announced Friday), “unity” has become a stronger and more necessary part of discussions, even as alliances continue to be bargained behind the scenes.

Some of Tonga’s nobility after the noble’s elections on Nov. 25, including King Tupou V’s younger brother Crown Prince Tupouto’a Lavaka (front row, 4th from left), and Lord Tu’ivakano (front row, 2nd from right), widely speculated as a PM nominee. (Photo courtesy of Josephine Latu/Tonga Chronicle.)

Last week the Democratic Party of the Friendly Isles led by ‘Akilisi Pohiva, called for a Cabinet of National Unity (CNU) comprising a “broad coalition cabinet” of party members, independents and nobles.


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