Citizen state engagement in the Solomon Islands: learning from pockets of developmental leadership

Tony Hiriasia, David Hudson, Ujjwal Krishna, Claire Mcloughlin, Gordon Leua Nanau, Chris Roche

Women leading a presentation. Photo credit DFAT, Flickr 2013
Image: Women leading a presentation. Photo credit DFAT, Flickr 2013

WHAT IT’S ABOUT

How and where leadership is working to produce positive development outcomes, and how this is influencing the development of reciprocal relationships between citizens and the state.

  • What explains cases of developmental leadership in the Solomon Islands?
  • When do cases of developmental leadership improve citizen-state relationships?
  • How can developmental leadership be effectively supported?

WHAT WE EXPECT TO LEARN

Examples of good leadership for development. Particularly, how coalitions and networks enable effective local leadership, how this can be linked into wider state-building processes, and how donors can support leadership.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

A key challenge in Solomon Islands is building productive, accountable relationships between citizens and the state. This includes building demand for responsive government, accountable service delivery, and strengthening the authority and legitimacy of the state.

This research aims to identify and learn from cases where leadership has enabled positive development outcomes in the Solomon Islands. It will look at how leaders – within and across institutions of the state, church or kastom – have collaborated effectively to enable positive progress in the inclusive provision of vital welfare services, with a focus on health, education and literacy. The research will follow the positive outlier approach, meaning it will focus on cases where there have been successful outcomes and problem-solving. We will unpack the key factors that underlie these cases: from the motivations of the individuals, to how they overcome collective action problems, to the role of local communities and international actors in the wider enabling environment.

By learning about what has worked, where, and why, we aim to inform local debates about how to improve development outcomes and reduce provincial inequalities. We hope this can generate practical insights on how local and international stakeholders can support developmental leadership, because these actors will need to continue to play a role in supporting development and building community resilience.

Claire Mcloughlin, Principal Investigator

WHO’S INVOLVED, WHERE

Tony Hiriasia, University of the South Pacific
David Hudson, University of Birmingham
Ujjwal Krishna, La Trobe University
Claire Mcloughin, University of Birmingham
Gordon Nanau, University of the South Pacific
Chris Roche, La Trobe University

COUNTRY

Solomon Islands

Map to highlight research country, Solomon Islands

TIMELINE

July 2020 - March 2022

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Authors


Tony Hiriasia

Tony Hiriasia

PhD Student, University of the South Pacific

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David Hudson

David Hudson

Professor of Politics and Development, University of Birmingham, and Director, Developmental Leadership Program

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Ujjwal Krishna

Ujjwal Krishna

Specialist Doctoral Research Scholar with the Developmental Leadership Program, at the Institute for Human Security and Social Change, La Trobe University

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Claire Mcloughlin

Claire Mcloughlin

Lecturer in Political Sociology, University of Birmingham, and Deputy Director (Research), Developmental Leadership Program

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Gordon Leua Nanau

Gordon Leua Nanau

Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Affairs, University of the South Pacific

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Chris Roche

Chris Roche

Professor of Development Practice and Director of the Institute of Human Security and Social Change, La Trobe University, and Deputy Director (Impact), Developmental Leadership Program

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