The problems of Solomon Islands’ provincial governments have been the subject of political investigations, with stories of their corruption regularly run in the country’s two daily national newspapers. Rarely is there a good news story about provincial governments, unless it relates to their managing to prove themselves slightly less corrupt by obtaining a qualified audit report.
This In Brief is the first in a series of two. In the first In Brief the author talks about what we can learn from the way provincial governments employ people and the importance of local recruitment. In part two she discusses financing and, in particular, why understanding how and where provincial governments get their money is important not just for national planning, but peace as well.