Does public finance reform help address conflict in fragile states?

Speaker: Tobias Haque, PhD candidate, DPA

International institutions invest heavily in public finance reform in post-conflict countries, as a means of supporting social order through better service delivery and economic outcomes. The assumed positive relationship between public finance reform and social order has been subject to little empirical examination and is increasingly challenged by new theoretical and empirical literature.

Join PhD candidate Tobias Haque as he presents a summary of his PhD thesis findings, which explore this issue.

WP 2022/03 Personal Reflections on Political Economy and Nation-Building in Solomon Islands

This paper is based on a speech delivered by DPA visiting fellow Dr Transform Aqorau on 26 August 2022 at The Australian National University. It is followed by an epilogue by Stewart Firth.

IB 2022/17 Sustainable Ocean Development in the Pacific: The Need for Discussion of the Blue Economy Concept

Although engagement with the ‘blue economy’ concept has grown rapidly in recent years, discussion around what the term means, how it may be implemented and, indeed, if it is desirable, remains spar

Encountering ‘Sainaman’: Friction and Friendship at a PNG Mining Project

Please note: This is a hybrid event and will also be available on Zoom.

Speaker: Shaun Gessler, PhD Candidate, DPA

What does China’s increasing economic engagement in the Pacific mean for Pacific Island communities? Shaun Gessler’s anthropology thesis investigates the relationship between the Chinese majority-run Ramu Nickel Cobalt project – China’s largest investment in the Pacific to date – and the indigenous communities on whose land the project is located.

Kisim planti wok (accessing more jobs): Papua New Guinea and Pacific Labour Mobility programs

Please note: This is a hybrid event and will also be available on Zoom.

Speaker: Natasha Turia-Moka, PhD Candidate, DPA

The Blue Economy and Whale Tourism in Tonga and New Zealand

Please note - This is a hybrid event and will also be available on Zoom.

Speaker: Amelia Fa’otusia

As ocean-based economies, Pacific nations advanced the blue economy concept in their engagements at the 2012 United Nations Sustainable Development Conference. Coined in recognition of an urgent need to sustainably manage and conserve the region’s marine resources, the concept was especially considered in light of ocean-based economic sectors such as ocean-based tourism.

IB2017/19 Food Security in the Torricelli Foothills of Papua New Guinea: Can Sago Continue to Sustain the Increasing Population?

Since around 1980, the population of Papua New Guinea (PNG) has been growing at an average rate of 2.7% per annum — doubling about every 25 years. People in rural areas

IB2017/18 Pacific Island Countries, China & Sustainable Development Goals Part 2: The Belt and Road Initiative

This In Brief is the second in a series that discusses China’s role in supporting Pacific island countries (PICs) to achieve

China–Australia–Papua New Guinea Trilateral Aid Cooperation on Malaria Control

Australia is the largest bilateral donor to Papua New Guinea (PNG). China became a top donor to PNG in 2014, behind Australia and the Asian Development Bank.


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