Tackling corruption in the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu

RECENTLY some of the Solomon Islands’ most inspiring people gathered in Honiara to develop a strong collective policy position on corruption and good governance and to build a powerful evidence base for advocacy.

picIn a report released by Oxfam in Vanuatu (Oiv), it states that the Making Regional Policy Accessible for Non-State Actors program is led by Oxfam in the Pacific and it is happening in Vanuatu and Solomon Islands.

The program is funded by the European Union.

The team in Vanuatu, who have prioritised women’s political participation as their key regional issue, held its first clinic last week in Port Vila.

Juloa Fationo, a participant said her dream is that women and girls have equal rights and are able to access quality health services and education.

“Corruption is the underlying cause of bad public services,” she said.

The report said that this important work builds on the hugely successful Bring It Back campaign that fought to bring the Anti-Corruption Bill back to the Solomon Island’s Parliament late last year.

Community leaders will present their joint policy position to the Pacific Islands Forum leaders at the regional level.