Decentralisation and the politics of service delivery

Decentralisation and the politics of service delivery

Concentrating on locally driven state experimentation and reform, this research stream investigates decentralisation and the role of constituency development funds (CDFs) in PNG and Solomon Islands. The growth of CDFs and ongoing decentralisation processes lie at the heart of complex political economies in PNG and Solomon Islands, but also represent the efforts of local actors to recast the postcolonial Melanesian state. The extent to which these processes will result in more stable political orders and effective state structures is an open question central to our research inquiry: this is a longstanding challenge for Australia’s aid program in the region.

In Brief

IB 2018/32 Governance, Ethics and Leadership in Papua New Guinea — A Personal Perspective Part 1

This two-part series is based on a speech given on 28 May 2018 at the Australia Awards Women’s Leadership Initiative at the Parliament of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

In this paper, the author talks...

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IB 2018/4 Research into Constituency Development Funds in Solomon Islands

This In-Brief provides an overview of a current research project that is examining how constituency development funds are managed in Solomon Islands. It describes the context for the research, the approach taken to...

DPA In Brief

IB2017/33 Sustaining Peace in Solomon Islands through a New Constitution? Part 1: Historical Contestations

This In Brief is the first in a two-part series that discusses a critical aspect of the Solomon Islands (SI) internal peace process through the development of a new constitution. It provides a brief history of the...

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