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Social Policies in Solomon Islands and Vanuatu

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SOCIAL POLICIES IN SMALL STATES SERIES



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.



CASE STUDY – SOLOMON ISLANDS AND VANUATU



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.

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Conclusion

This paper has reviewed the social development policies of Solomon Islands and Vanuatu since independence, drawing on various development plans drawn up both before and after independence. The paper concludes that both Solomon Islands and Vanuatu have lagged behind other Pacific island countries in developing social policies and achieving progress in delivering appropriate welfare programmes to their communities.

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