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The role of chiefs in peacebuilding in Port Vila

Kernot, Sarah; Sakita, Lai


In contrast to the democratic system of government established at independence, the chiefly system in Vanuatu has claimed and now possesses widespread support for its work at the community level. Chiefs are regarded as the key to community harmony and, although Vanuatu is currently experiencing a period of relative stability, underlying social tensions contribute to the high level of importance placed on strong community leadership. Chiefs in Vanuatu have demonstrated their willingness and...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Dept. of Pacific Affairs (DPA) formerly State, Society and Governance in Melanesia (SSGM) Program
Date published: 2008
Type: Working/Technical Paper


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