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Building together: seven principles for engaging civil society to deliver resilient, inclusive and sustainable infrastructure in the Pacific islands

Morgan, Wesley and McNaught, Rebecca and Baker, Sally and Manoa, Fulori and Tarai, Jope V. (2020) Building together: seven principles for engaging civil society to deliver resilient, inclusive and sustainable infrastructure in the Pacific islands. [Professional and Technical Reports]

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Abstract

In recent times major new infrastructure initiatives have been announced for the Pacific islands. Growing geostrategic competition in the region is a key driver for this focus on financing new infrastructure projects. However, there is also no doubting that Pacific island states do have significant, and unique, infrastructure needs. The Asian Development Bank estimates the Pacific will require USD 3.1 billion in infrastructure investment each year until 2030. 1 While there is a rush to finance new projects, there is also no shortcut for quality. This renewed focus on infrastructure by development partners and Pacific island governments alike, presents an opportunity to consider, and promote, shared standards for quality infrastructure. This paper, based on extensive research and consultations, is intended to stimulate thinking about best standards for infrastructure investment in the Pacific. It suggests that if lasting development outcomes are to be assured, civil society will need to play a greater role in the prioritisation, design, implementation and maintenance of new infrastructure in the Pacific islands. Pacific island countries are home to a rich and vibrant civil society, comprised of diverse organisations. Civil society groups strengthen Pacific societies by holding leaders to account. Often however, they also collaborate with government in policymaking and service delivery, and play an important role linking island communities with provincial and national governments. Civil society also delivers community-scale infrastructure directly.

Item Type: Professional and Technical Reports
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > J General legislative and executive papers
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) > School of Government, Development and International Affairs
Depositing User: Jope Tarai
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2021 14:44
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2021 14:44
URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/12500
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