From intervention to partnership - prospects for development partnership in Solomon Islands after RAMSI

Event details

SSGM Seminar Series

Date & time

Tuesday 03 December 2013
4pm–5pm

Venue

Lecture Theatre 2, Hedley Bull Centre (130), corner of Garran Road and Liversidge Street, ANU
ANU Canberra

Speaker

Julien Barbara

Contacts

Louana Gaffey
+61 2 6125 8244

Abstract

On 24 July 2013, development programs under the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) were €œtransitioned€ to bilateral and multilateral donors and RAMSI's development arm formally ended, one decade after the mission began. Transition of RAMSI's development programs pointed to its €œsuccess€ as a stabilisation mission but also to the diminishing traction of its approach on key development challenges facing Solomon Islands. An underlying theme of transition discussions was the need to change the culture of development assistance in Solomon Islands and move from an interventionary mode of support to one based on the principles of partnership, most clearly enunciated under the Paris Declaration. RAMSI transition provides an important opportunity to consider the prospects for development partnership and the recasting of aid relationships in Solomon Islands in the wake of a substantial intervention. This seminar examines whether a basis for effective post-interventionary partnership exists in Solomon Islands and the implications for future development support.

About the Speaker

Dr Julien Barbara joined ANU's State, Society and Governance Program in Melanesia in August. Prior to that he worked for AusAID. From 2010 to 2012 Julien was seconded to the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands where he directed the Machinery of Government Program.

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