This is the second In Brief about what we can learn from provincial governments in Solomon Islands. Both papers draw heavily on the author’s experiences of working as the legal adviser to the Ministry of Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening based in Honiara. In this role she observed corruption — and plenty of it — but also saw examples of real creativity and adaptability. From this, she highlights valuable lessons to be learnt.
In the first In Brief, the author discussed the importance of recruiting locally and the way that some provincial governments had prioritised local recruitment over secondments from Honiara. At the end of that In Brief she alluded to the importance of provincial revenue. The author picks up on this point here and discusses what she thinks we can learn from how provinces raise and spend money.