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Politics and State Building in Solomon Islands examines a crisis moment in recent Solomon Islands history. Contributors examine what happened when unrest engulfed the capital of the small Melanesian country in the aftermath of the 2006 national elections, and consider what these events show about the Solomon Islands political system, the influence of Asian interests in business and politics, and why the crisis is best understood in the context of the country's volatile blend of traditional and modern politics. Until the disturbances of April 2006 and subsequent deterioration in bilateral relations between Australia and Solomon Islands under the Sogavare government, experts had hailed the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) as an unqualified success. Some saw it as a model for 'cooperative intervention' in 'failing states' worldwide. Following these developments success seems less certain and aspects of the RAMSI model appear flawed. Using the case of Solomon Islands, this book raises fundamental questions about the nature of 'cooperative intervention' as a vehicle for state building, asking whether it should be construed as a mainly technical endeavour or whether it is unavoidably a political undertaking with political consequences. Providing a critical but balanced analysis, Politics and State Building in Solomon Islands has important implications for the wider debate about international state-building interventions in 'failed' and 'failing' states.
Since the intervention of the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands, growth has rebounded, and financial stability has been maintained. Fiscal discipline should be sustained, and a medium-term strategy developed taking into account looming pressures. The central bank’s current exchange rate policy is appropriate, but requires vigilance. Financial system soundness should be strengthened by liquidating the development bank, and raising the profitability of the National Provident Fund. Structural reforms to encourage new private sector activities should be vigorously implemented.
Solomon Islands and Vanuatu are two small states that have struggled to develop successful social policies since independence. This study traces their social histories and examines factors that have hindered progress. Future development requires a move away from traditional social structures and a focus on political stability and economic growth.
Gender equality is a stated priority of the Government of Solomon Islands in achieving national development goals. This assessment examines the progress toward gender equality across social, economic, and political spheres in Solomon Islands, such as health, education, work, political participation, and gender-based violence. It brings together existing research and data for a comprehensive overview of gender disparities in Solomon Islands and recommends strategies to support the government's commitment toward achieving gender equality.

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