The Pacific is still struggling to get women into parliaments across the region. Mary Jack Kaviamu recently contested the 2016 Vanuatu national snap election in the Tanna open constituency. Although she failed to secure a seat, she clearly hasn't given up. For Mary and her supporters, the journey has just begun. Here she relays her experience, particularly the challenges encountered on the way.
Many people are commenting online on the impacts of decisions taken by the current Papua New Guinea government, with many expressing their feelings about a looming fiscal crisis. Dulciana Somare-Brash provides a raw assessment of the situation, saying the country will need more than a new crop of freshly elected leaders in 2017.
Riyad Mucadam reflects on several so called historic moments that took place in the Marshall Islands' Nitijela (parliament) during the past few weeks, one of them the placated, polite and procedural election of Dr. Hilda C. Heine as the new President.
This week Commonwealth leaders are meeting in Malta for their biennial heads of government meeting. One of the first items of business will be the selection of the next Secretary General and with the field wide open, Pacific islands countries could be the king (or queen) maker.
Giff Johnson examines the Pacific islands Forum Secretariat's most recent assessment of progress by its 14 members on the Millennium Development Goals which most islands failed to meet. For the Pacific to succeed with the new Sustainable Development Goals, eliminating corruption has to be a priority.
In the second of a two-part blog, Busa Jeremiah Wenogo provided further insight into how PNG is undertaking reform of its informal economy. Documenting PNG’s case will hopefully provide policy makers in other parts of the Pacific with ideas on how to best grow their informal sectors.