Finding Connections between Traditional Governance and Formal Law in Samoa

Nanai Sovala Agaiava Introduction: Background and Challenges In Samoa, several attempts have been made over the years to integrate the two systems of government. The diversity of traditional practices exercised by each village remain a challenge to any strategy or policy focusing on marrying the two systems. The Constitution of Samoa 1960 remains the sole …

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Outsourcing the Legal Framework: Consultants, catch-all clauses, and agenda pushing in Solomon Islands law

Melanie Phillips Introduction To paraphrase Jane Austen, it is a truth universally accepted that a country in the pains of ‘development’ must be in want of an advisor. This may be overstating it, but it should not come as an overstatement to those working in developing countries that independent advisors and consultants are two a …

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Accelerated Development: Who Benefits?

Denika Blacklock Karim The modern human development paradigm, with its focus on growth and modern lifestyles, has been introduced as a standard against which the development level of a local community is measured in stages. This paradigm has produced a sense of urgency, whereby development needs to be accelerated as though the speeding up of …

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Food for Thought: Can Corruption Make Sense?

There is a significant amount of information floating around the internet which raises some rather ‘unsexy’ questions. One of those articles was recently published on DevPolicyBlog. Written by Grant Walton, the article, ‘Sometimes Corruption Makes Sense: Insights from Research into Papua New Guinean Understandings of Corruption’ raises some questions about how we view corruption – …

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Democracy and Good Governance: Achieving Human Development in Indonesia

Rizal Malik[1]   In Pursuit of Human Development Indonesia has been a model for transition from an authoritarian regime to a democracy. As the third largest democracy and the largest Muslim country in the world, Indonesia is a showcase for the compatibility of Islam and democracy. Indeed, there was a cottage industry on publications on …

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