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Outside-in: a volunteer’s reflections on a Solomon Islands community development program

Higgins, Kate

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"Two different worlds exist in the Solomon Islands: the development world - which, in part, Australia has imposed - and the Solomon Islands world, where Solomon Islanders continue to live regardless. That is how it seemed to me during the 15 months I spent from 2005 to 2007 working as an Australian Youth Ambassador for Development (AYAD) in the Solomon Islands, mainly in the Malaita and Temotu Provinces. This paper attempts to raise questions about how these worlds interact, drawing on my...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorHiggins, Kate
dc.date.accessioned2013-05-29T04:45:46Z
dc.date.available2013-05-29T04:45:46Z
dc.identifier.citationHiggins, K. (2008). Outside-in: a volunteer’s reflections on a Solomon Islands community development program. SSGM Discussion Paper 2008/3. Canberra, ACT: ANU Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program
dc.identifier.issn1328-7854
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/10085
dc.description.abstract"Two different worlds exist in the Solomon Islands: the development world - which, in part, Australia has imposed - and the Solomon Islands world, where Solomon Islanders continue to live regardless. That is how it seemed to me during the 15 months I spent from 2005 to 2007 working as an Australian Youth Ambassador for Development (AYAD) in the Solomon Islands, mainly in the Malaita and Temotu Provinces. This paper attempts to raise questions about how these worlds interact, drawing on my personal experiences working within a community development program funded by AusAID and set up within the Church of Melanesia (COM). The COM is increasingly seen as an institution that can contribute to ‘development’ in the context of a broader peace and state building intervention headed by the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands. I describe how this program was negotiated between the church and foreign donors in order to operate and how three prominent terms in development language – peace building, consultation and capacity building translate at the community level. While there are many fashionable buzz words in development, these three were chosen because they were spoken so frequently that I found their meanings became lost to me. Most of the issues I raise here concerning peace building, consultation and capacity building have come directly from Solomon Islanders themselves. Part of the problem with discussions about development is the absence of the voices of Solomon Islanders. While I am conscious of the fact that I am another foreigner writing about the Solomon Islands, I have attempted to include these voices ..." page 1
dc.description.sponsorshipAusAID
dc.description.sponsorshipAustralian Youth Ambassadors for Development (AYAD)
dc.format.extent11 pages
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherCanberra, ACT: State, Society and Governance in Melanesia (SSGM) Program, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, The Australian National University
dc.relation.ispartofseriesDiscussion Paper (The Australian National University, State, Society and Governance in Melanesia (SSGM) Program): 2008/3
dc.rightsAuthor/s retain copyright
dc.rightsEmail request, from Program Administrator, State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program, dated 15 March, 2013, to add SSGM Discussion Papers to the ANU Open Access Research repository.
dc.source.urihttp://dpa.bellschool.anu.edu.au/ssgm-research-communication/discussion-paper-series
dc.subjectgovernance
dc.subjectSolomon Islands
dc.titleOutside-in: a volunteer’s reflections on a Solomon Islands community development program
dc.typeWorking/Technical Paper
local.description.notes"This paper was written as part of a Summer Research Scholarship undertaken at the ANU in 2007/08." - page 10
dc.date.issued2008
local.publisher.urlhttp://ips.cap.anu.edu.au/ssgm/
local.type.statusPublished version
local.identifier.doi10.25911/5f200387c8501
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
local.mintdoimint
CollectionsANU Dept. of Pacific Affairs (DPA) formerly State, Society and Governance in Melanesia (SSGM) Program

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