Bougainville remains crucial to DPA’s scholarship. Bougainville is approaching a critical point at which longstanding debate over proposals and processes for fundamental change in its political arrangements will culminate. A referendum on the political future of Bougainville, including the choice of independence, is nearing. The processes involved in that referendum are complex, controversial, and potentially divisive, as are the possible outcomes.

The Bougainville Referendum: Law, Administration and Politics

This book presents an analysis of legal, administrative and political issues arising from the complex arrangements for the conduct of the Bougainville referendum. The first purpose of this book is to promote a better...

Discussion Paper

DP 2018/05 The Bougainville Referendum Arrangements: Origins, Shaping and Implementation Part Two: Shaping and Implementation

Having considered the origins and aspects of the shaping of the referendum arrangements in the first of these paired Discussion Papers, this paper presents an overview of the arrangements for the referendum as set...

Discussion Paper

DP 2018/04 The Bougainville Referendum Arrangements: Origins, Shaping and Implementation Part One: Origins and Shaping

The Bougainville Peace Agreement (the BPA) is a complex agreement, produced by a succession of compromises made during more than two years of often intense negotiations (June 1999 to August 2001), directed towards...

Discussion Paper

DP 2018/03: New Caledonia and Bougainville: Towards a New Political Status?

Over the next few years, major political — and possibly constitutional — changes can be expected in two of Australia’s closest neighbours, as New Caledonia and Bougainville move towards a new political status. Both...

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Do No Harm Research: Bougainville

This report covers the research undertaken in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville as part of the much larger project, Do No Harm: Understanding the Relationship between Women’s Economic Empowerment and Violence...

SSGM Discussion Paper

DP2017/4 Artisanal and Small Scale Mining in Bougainville: Risk, Reward and Regulation

This paper provides a high-level but comprehensive review of the status, as of mid-2016, of the artisanal and small-scale (ASM, or sometimes AASM) industry in post-conflict Bougainville, drawing on extensive...

SSGM In Brief

IB2017/8 Political Instability Reforms in Melanesia — Addressing a Problem or a Symptom?

Political instability, in the form of frequent motions of no confidence, has become a major source of concern in the years after independence in Papua New Guinea (PNG), Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. Constitutional and...

SSGM Discussion Paper

DP 2017/3 Leadership Challenges for the Autonomous Bougainville Government

This discussion paper is based on a public speech delivered by the Hon. Patrick Nisira MHR, the Vice-President of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, which was organised by the State, Society & Governance in...

Small-scale mining in Bougainville: Impacts and policy responses

New report released presenting interim findings from research project on small-scale mining in Bougainville

The Relationship between Violence against Women and Women’s Economic Empowerment in Bougainville

Women’s economic empowerment is now seen to be a critical aspect of poverty reduction and development and is an important goal of the current Australian aid program. Economic empowerment initiatives generally focus...

Alcohol, gender and violence in Bougainville

This In Brief reports on research undertaken in Bougainville in October 2015 (Eves and Crawford 2014).1 Unlike previous studies, this research specifically explored the relationship between women’s economic...

SSGM In Brief

Indigenous Commercial Ambitions and Decentralisation in Papua New Guinea: The Missing Driver of Reform

This Discussion Paper argues that the initial mid- 1970s establishment of provincial governments as forms of decentralised authority has been misunderstood.

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