Inclusive development in Solomon Islands: Unlocking the potential of developmental leadership
Claire Mcloughlin, Tony Hiriasia, David Hudson, Ujjwal Krishna, Gordon Leua Nanau, Anna Rhodes, Chris Roche
Multiple underlying political and economic barriers hinder inclusive development in Solomon Islands, including the challenge of remoteness, social fragmentation, and legacies of colonial rule. Better understanding of how motivated individuals and community co-operation overcome these barriers has the potential to address the challenge of uneven development.
With a small population spread across an archipelago of some 900 islands, Solomon Islands faces significant challenges in providing inclusive access to vital services such as healthcare, water and education. Progress has been made in reducing poverty in Solomon Islands but uneven development persists and results from a complex mix of social, political and economic conditions.
The paper explores inequalities in accessing services, Solomon Islands’ political economy of uneven development, and pockets of developmental leadership. It introduces ‘Citizen state engagement in Solomon Islands’, arguing that there may be untapped potential in better understanding when and how leaders in communities across Solomon Islands work together to create goods and services that are beneficial for all.
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Lecturer in Political Sociology, University of Birmingham, and Deputy Director (Research), Developmental Leadership Program
PhD Student, University of the South Pacific
Professor of Politics and Development, University of Birmingham, and Director, Developmental Leadership Program
Specialist Doctoral Research Scholar with the Developmental Leadership Program, at the Institute for Human Security and Social Change, La Trobe University
Gordon Leua Nanau
Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Affairs, University of the South Pacific
Anna RhodesView author profile
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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