Democracy, governance and leadership are interconnected and interdependent, and their strength and growth are a vital underpinning for the success of social and economic development in Fiji.

Pacific Dialogue’s work in this area aligns with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 16 - Peace,  Justice and Strong Institutions - which aims to promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies. SDG 16 recognises  that peace, stability, human rights and effective governance based on the rule of law are  important conduits for sustainable development.

The following are some Pacific Dialogue projects and initiatives in the democracy, governance and leadership area.

Vanua Dialogue on Electoral and Parliamentary Reform

The overall objective of the project was to prepare the people of Cakaudrove and Macuata, in particular women, young people and rural communities, to participate and play an active role in Fiji's return to democracy. Read more here.










South-South Labour Mobility in the Pacific

Pacific Dialogue was commissioned by the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) Observatory on Migration, a consortium of the Secretariat of the ACP Group of States, the European Union, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and other members, to undertake research and provide recommendations on the south-south labour mobility needs of the Pacific region.

The aim of the report is to contribute to the identification and better understanding of south-south labour mobility needs in the Pacific region with a view of assessing and feeding into the development of the proposed Pacific Islands Trade Agreement  (PICTA) Trade in Services and Temporary Movement of Naturals Persons (TIS-TMPN) scheme.

From the report: The opportunity exists now, for the age-old movement of Pacific Islanders, to be retained within the region itself if PIC governments would create better living and work conditions through strong support for skills training and knowledge transfer – particularly for the region’s youthRead more here

Safe Migration Practices Report

In 2013 the  African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) Intra-Migration Facility commissioned Pacific Dialogue to undertake research and to report on labour migration in Fiji and provide recommendations for consideration.

From the report: A majority of young people consulted through this project stated that in the absence of liveable wages, access to credit, insurance, social welfare benefits, employment opportunities and conducive growth environments, the value of migration has proven to be greater than its hardship or potential for exploitation. Read more here