The Underdevelopment of Malaita Province and its Relevance to the Current Crisis in the Solomon Islands [ 2005 - 2007 ]

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Researchers A/Prof CR Moore

Brief description Australia's rationale for the 2003 intervention in Solomon Islands was to stop this 'failed state' becoming a haven for crime, terrorism, and drug and gun running. Australia has committed an estimated $A40 to $A45 million per year for the rehabilitation of the Solomon Islands over the next decade. Malaitans, one of the two sides in a civil war, are the largest, most influential island group in the nation, but have not received development infrastructure commensurate with their level of importance. Developing a more nuanced and culturally and historically grounded understanding of Malaita will aid the national reconstruction process, and serve as a template for handling similar problems in the Pacific Islands in the future.

Funding Amount $156,000

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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