Civil Society Briefs: Solomon Islands
This brief provides an overview of civil society in Solomon islands, including history, cultural concepts, government-civil relations, as well as ADB's engagement with civil society.
After chiefly organizations, many of the earliest civil society organizations (CSOs) in the Pacific were established by missionaries, who, in addition to their religious roles, formed youth and women’s groups. Today, civil society in Solomon Islands encompasses many types of groups. There is a range of both membership and nonmembership organizations, including those that are established for public benefit, and those that are established to support their members.
The ADB engagement with civil society in Solomon Islands has primarily focused on consultation and implementation of grants and projects. In recent times engagement outside this process has increased, also covering how civil society is able to engage with ADB on projects, particularly around social safeguards, including land acquisition and resettlement safeguards.