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Patters of Dispute and Pathways of Resort in Rural Solomon Islands : Evidence, Implications and Early Results (English)

The Community Governance and Grievance Management project aims to help communities strengthen their internal governance, and to enhance the effectiveness of linkages between communities and government. The project was based on analytic work and widespread public consultations that began in 2009. These concluded that Solomon Islands’ development gains since the end of the earlier period of tension mask significant trends that are likely to heighten disputation and local conflict if left unaddressed. The immediate contributors to these trends are Solomon Islands’ weak and geographically uneven economic prospects, extensive poverty, and the geographic challenge of providing public services to such a widely scattered population. The more profound contributors are two long term trends that have intensified in recent decades. The first trend, beginninglong before independence, is the disintegration of traditional ways of organizing life that has accompanied the transition from a subsistence-based economy to a capitalist economy concentrated on natural resource extraction. The second trend is the dual process whereby Solomon Islanders perceive that government – meaning the administrative presence and services of line ministries– has withdrawn from rural areas, but at the same time there has been spectacular increase in the flow of public resources into rural areas through constituency development funds under the control of parliamentarians.


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    Patters of Dispute and Pathways of Resort in Rural Solomon Islands : Evidence, Implications and Early Results

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Patters of Dispute and Pathways of Resort in Rural Solomon Islands : Evidence, Implications and Early Results (English). Briefing Note Series : no. 1 Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.