Vanuatu held a week-long public forum in June 2014 as a step towards creating its National Sustainable Development Plan 2016â€“2030 (NSPD). The development of the NSPD reflects a shift in development thinking away from the heavy emphasis on economic growth that dominates the current development framework â€” the Priorities and Action Agenda 2006â€“2015 (PAA). The PAA in turn follows the spirit of the economic restructuring initiated by the Asian Development Bankâ€“sponsored Comprehensive Reform Program (CRP) of the late 1990s (Gay 2004). This In Brief discusses the ongoing development of the NSPD and positions it within a number of similar regional and global developments. It suggests that a number of Pacific islands seem poised to engage in some bold new experiments in building home-grown development frameworks rooted in their own unique cultural values and geographical context. This in turn should signal to development partners a real need to engage in conversations about alternative development pathways in the Pacific islands and take seriously the emerging critiques of the problems occasioned by a previous narrow neoliberal economic focus.
|Publication status||Published - 2014|