What Works? Better Policies and Practices for a Better Pacific

Publication | November 2009

This policy brief summarizes promising good practices to more effectively deliver assistance in the Pacific developing member countries.

There is now quite a widespread view in the Pacific that development policy and practice have not yielded adequately robust results. Governments, regional institutions such as the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, and development partners have been trying to find more effective ways to deliver assistance, including helping to strengthen policy and institutional settings. Recent country performance and institutional assessments undertaken by the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank provide some very valuable insights. These assessments are based on a common questionnaire that in turn is based on international development experience and theory. Some "good practices" hold promise and ought to be considered by Pacific governments, regional institutions, and development partners assisting those governments. This policy brief summarizes the practices that appear to have worked. Each Pacific developing member country should apply these practices to their unique social, political, and economic situation. The practices also provide the basis for discussion and improved understanding of alternative - and hopefully better - policies.


  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • Promoting People in the Pacific
  • Caring for the Environment
  • Supporting Good Governance
  • Encouraging Economic Growth and Keeping Prices Stable
  • Providing Quality Services with Public Funds
  • Envouraging International Trade
  • Helping Business to Help People
  • Glossary

Additional Details

  • Governance and public sector management
  • Cook Islands
  • Fiji
  • Kiribati
  • Micronesia, Federated States of
  • Nauru
  • Palau
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Samoa
  • Solomon Islands
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • Vanuatu
  • RPT090534
  • 978-971-561-851-9 (Print)

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