Small states

The Commonwealth gives high priority to supporting the integration of small states in the global economy. Our books include ground-breaking research and policy advice on how small states can build their resilience and competitiveness, so they can take advantage of the opportunities and meet the challenges arising from globalisation. 

Series title: Small States: Economic Review and Basic Statistics
Number within series: 17
Publication date: 2 June 2014
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

This unique annual collection of key economic and statistical data on states with fewer than 5 million inhabitants is an essential reference for economists, planners and policy-makers working on issues of concern to small states. Contains 65 tables covering development indicators and an article focusing on the role of data and statistics.

Publication date: 31 March 2014
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

What does the concept ‘green economy’ look like in practice? This book contains case studies from eight small states: Botswana, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Mauritius, Nauru, Samoa and Seychelles. It provides insights into the success of various initiatives and highlights how small states themselves are making practical progress.

Publication date: 29 August 2013
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

How tourism might facilitate inclusive growth in small states. The study provides analysis of the gains achieved by direct and indirect channels and the gaps in data collection. Uses data from Jamaica, Maldives, Mauritius and Seychelles, examines land-based and cruise tourism operations and explores how local supply chains could be enhanced.

Publication date: 18 July 2013
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

ICTs can create digital pathways between citizens and governments that are affordable, accessible and widespread. This book aims to strengthen the understanding of policy-makers by outlining the conditions and processes involved in the planning and execution of e-government projects.

Contributor: Matthew Hiebert
Publication date: 28 February 2013
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

This study analyses good practices and gaps in education for sustainable development (ESD) implementation in ten small island states vulnerable to climate change. It provides practical and realistic recommendations on how ESD may be better integrated in education policy and strategy and delivered more comprehensively.

Series title: Small States: Economic Review and Basic Statistics
Number within series: 16
Publication date: 30 December 2012
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

This unique annual collection of key economic and statistical data on states with fewer than 5 million inhabitants is an essential reference for economists, planners and policy-makers working on issues of concern to small states. This volume contains 68 tables covering development indicators and 4 articles focusing on the green economy.

Publication date: 17 December 2012
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

This report analyses data, 2000–2010, from 46 small island developing states (SIDS) to provide a comprehensive assessment of progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) from a small states perspective. It shows a ‘big divide’ separates these countries across the range of MDG economic, social and environmental indicators.

Series title: Social Policies in Small States Series
Number within series: 7
Publication date: 30 July 2012
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

Solomon Islands and Vanuatu are two small states that have struggled to develop successful social policies since independence. This study traces their social histories and examines factors that have hindered progress. Future development requires a move away from traditional social structures and a focus on political stability and economic growth.

Contributor: Desmond U Amosa
Series title: Social Policies in Small States Series
Number within series: 6
Publication date: 25 July 2012
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

Samoa is a role model in the Pacific region for its economic and social achievements. This in-depth study traces the history of government policy and examines the fundamentals underpinning the country’s progress. It also examines how the fa’a Samoa, the culture, enabled the country to build resilience after crises in the 1990s.

Series title: Social Policies in Small States Series
Number within series: 5
Publication date: 9 December 2011
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

This book provides comprehensive analysis of social policy development in Seychelles, focusing on the political and economic developments that have led to the current situation. The challenge now is to maintain current levels of social policy interventions in the face of severe indebtedness and the stagnation of economic growth.

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