Social Policies in Solomon Islands and Vanuatu

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Social Policies in Solomon Islands and Vanuatu

Series Title: Social Policies in Small States Series
Number within series: 7
Publication date: 30 July 2012
Size: 240mm x 165mm
ISBN: 978-1-84929-083-8
Pages: 90


The country case studies and thematic papers in this series examine social policy issues facing small states and the implications for economic development. They show how, despite their inherent vulnerability, some small states have been successful in improving their social indicators because of the complementary social and economic policies they have implemented.


Solomon Islands and Vanuatu are two small states that have struggled to develop successful social policies since gaining independence. This final study in the series traces the history of social development in both countries, examining closely the factors that have hindered progress: the colonial legacy, poor economic development, high population growth, political instability, the lack of social cohesion, mismanagement of resources and natural disasters. The authors argue that for progress to continue both countries need to move away from a reliance on their traditional social structures and focus on political stability and economic growth.

ContentsExpand or collapse me

1. Political Economy of Social Policies

2. Solomon Islands
2.1 Introduction
2.2 Economic performance and general development strategies
2.3 Traditional social system
2.4 System of government and politics
2.5 Financial institutions
2.6 Social situation
2.7 Social policies
2.8 Other factors affecting social development

3. Vanuatu
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Economic performance and general development strategies
3.3 Traditional social system
3.4 System of government
3.5 Financial institutions
3.6 Social situation
3.7 Social policies
3.8 Response to crisis

4. Some Comparative Analysis of Solomon Islands and Vanuatu Social Development Indicators and MDG Targets

5. Conclusion


About the contributors Expand or collapse me

Biman Chand Prasad (Author)

Biman Chand Prasad is Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of the South Pacific.

Paul Kausimae (Author)

Paul Kausime is based in Solomon Islands and has previously worked at the University of the South Pacific. Paul completed his Masters in Economics from the University of the South Pacific.