Virtual Policy Dialogue: Upgrading Infrastructure and Housing to Reduce Poverty in Pacific Island Countries

Event | 16 - 18 December 2020
Online

Time of event

Day 1: 10:00–14:00 Tokyo time
Day 2: 10:00–15:00 Tokyo time
Day 3: 10:00–14:15 Tokyo time

Summary

Pacific island countries are facing an infrastructure and housing emergency due to massive deficits, high urbanization, and increasing populations. Many communities also lack systems and knowhow to properly maintain infrastructure and homes. Climate change vulnerabilities exacerbate these challenges, which collectively undermine capacity in the region to reduce poverty and improve living standards.

Co-hosted by ADBI, the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Faculty of Built Environment, UNSW Institute of Global Development, and the University of the South Pacific, this virtual policy dialogue explored ways to promote basic infrastructure and housing projects in Pacific island countries. The focus was on how to mobilize sufficient financial, human, and organizational resources and related policy considerations.

Objectives
  • Spotlight policies and approaches for promoting sustainable infrastructure in areas such as water and sanitation, storm water management and flood mitigation, community facilities, and energy, as well as housing
  • Improve the capacity of government officials to develop viable projects based on local needs and link infrastructure provision with economic development activities
Participants
Output
  • Enhanced dialogue and networking among government agencies, international organizations, and the private sector for promoting infrastructure and housing development
  • Papers presented during the conference will be considered for publication as ADBI working papers and inclusion in a related book
  • Presentations delivered during the conference will be made available on the ADBI website
Partner
  • University of New South Wales (UNSW) Faculty of Built Environment
  • UNSW Institute of Global Development (IGD)
  • University of South Pacific