South Pacific Civil Society Library - Emalus Campus



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South Pacific Civil Society Library

A collection of documents and resources promoting an enabling environment for civil society and public participation in the South Pacific
A joint project of the University of the South Pacific Emalus Campus Library and the International Centre for Not-for profit Law

 

'Civil society' is defined as the set of intermediate associations which are neither the state (government) nor the (extended) family; civil society therefore includes voluntary associations (such as non-government organisations) and firms and other corporate bodies. Concise Oxford Dictionary of Politics

"Civil society is that collection of diverse interest groups and social organizations that is strong enough to provide some autonomy and protection to individuals from the authoritarian and hegemonic tendencies of states." Oxford Companion to the Politics of the World.

 

1.

Civil Society in the South Pacific

1.1

Law and civil society in the South Pacific: Challenges and opportunities: International best practices; and global developments.

1.2

The rule of law, custom and civil society in the South Pacific: an overview

1.3

Technical assistance for civil society participation in budget formulation in the Pacific.

1.4

Review of legislative and regulations framework governing the establishment and legal status of the civil society sector in the Pacific member states of the ACP.

1.5

Developments in the South Pacific - civil society legal frameworks under review

1.6

Stewart Fenwick, Law, governance and civil society: revolution or evolution in the modernising Pacific?, Development Bulletin no. 59 (Oct. 2002) pp. 65-68.

1.7

Third mesolevel dialogue between Pacific civil society, EU NGDOs, European Commission and other actors (2001)

1.8

Statement of civil society organizations from workshop on negotiations for an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the Pacific ACP states and the European Union, 7 September 2004, Suva, Fiji.

1.9

Civil society and the Pacific Plan **

1.10

Commonwealth Regional Consultation document on maximising civil society's contribution to democracy and development.

1.11

Law and civil society in the South Pacific in the twenty-first century: challenges and opportunities **

2.

Country documents

2.1

Cook Islands

2.1.1

David Lidimani, Civil Society Organizations in the Small Islands States: A Review of the Enabling Legal Framework in the Cook Islands and Niue (ICNL Country Report) (2008)

2.2

Fiji

2.2.1

Chaitanya Lakshman, Laws affecting the civil society organisations (CSOs) in Fiji, a report for the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (June 2004)

2.3

Kiribati

2.3.1

David Lidimani, Civil society law in Kiribati, Nauru and Tuvalu: a review of the legislative framework (2007)

2.4

Nauru

2.4.1

David Lidimani, Civil society law in Kiribati, Nauru and Tuvalu: a review of the legislative framework (2007)

2.5

Papua New Guinea

2.5.1

David Lidimani, Law and civil society organisations in Papua New Guinea: a review of the legislative framework (2007)

2.6

Samoa

2.6.1

David Lidimani, Law and the role of non-state actors: a review of the legislative framework governing civil society organisations in Samoa, a country report

2.7

Solomon Islands

2.7.1

Civil society, community organisations and the law [pamphlet]

2.7.2

Law and civil society in the South Pacific: non-government organisations in the Solomon Islands (2007)

2.7.3

Michael Upton, Strengthening Civil Society in the Solomon Islands: Organisational and Network Development in Development Services Exchange, State Society and Governance in Melanesia Working Paper No. 2006/3, Australian National University (2006).

2.8

Tonga

2.8.1

David Lidimani, Law and civil society in Tonga: a review of the enabling legislative framework

2.9

Tuvalu

2.9.1

James Duckworth, Civil society organisations in Tuvalu: a legal perspective of business practice for the non-government sector in Tuvalu (2002)

2.9.2

James Duckworth, Custom, law and practice in Tuvalu: the relationship between law and custom in Tuvalu (2002)

2.9.3

James Duckworth and Mose Saitala, Consultations toward legal reform in Tuvalu, International Journal for Not-for-Profit Law vol. 6 issue 2 (Jan. 2004)

2.9.4

David Lidimani, Civil society law in Kiribati, Nauru and Tuvalu: a review of the legislative framework (2007)

2.10

Vanuatu

2.10.1

Civil society, community organisations and the law [pamphlet]

2.10.2

Amelia Fasi Pasikala Faasau, Report on Laws Affecting Civil Society in Vanuatu - 2004

3.

Further Reading

3.1

Shenila Momin and Dr. Norman Brown, The Legal Framework of NGO Enhancement (Nov. 2002)

4.

Related Websites

4.1

International Centre for Not-For-Profit Law (ICNL)

4.2

University of the South Pacific Community Legal Centre

4.3

PIANGO (Pacific Islands Association of Non-Government Organisations)

4.4

Foundation of the Peoples of the South Pacific International (FSPI)

4.5

Civicus: World Alliance for Civil Participation

4.6

International Centre for Civil Society Law (see also International Journal of the Center for Civil Society Law (IJCSL) and IJCSL Newsletter)

4.7

ACP Civil Society Forum

5.

Books on civil society held in the Emalus Campus Library

6.

Articles on civil society identified on the Pacific Law Journal Index

7.

News

ICNLís South Pacific Project Works with Local Partners to Reform CSO Legal Environment [20 June 2006]

ICNL has initiated a three-year project in Fiji, Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, and Samoa under the funding of NZAID, and in cooperation with the University of the South Pacific, Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), the Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (PIANGO) and other regional and national civil society organizations (CSOs). Detailed information, as well as country reports and publications, can be found on ICNLís website here and on the Emalus Campus Library's South Pacific civil society library.

 

South Pacific: ICNL has initiated a three-year project, funded by NZAID: Law and Civil Society in the South Pacific, in partnership with the University of the South Pacific, Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), the Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (PIANGO), and other regional and national civil society organizations (CSOs). This unique project targets reform of the legal and regulatory structures affecting CSOs in Fiji, Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, and Samoa. In addition it embraces civic education, local legal capacity building, and investigating ways to explicitly relate universal human rights principles to traditional and customary values and practices. ICNL has been working in the region via short term projects for five years, and the current project is expected to enable those groundbreaking efforts to bear fruit. Components of the project include: 1) plain language public education to build awareness of the value and purpose of CSOs, and the need for public involvement in policy decision-making affecting national development; 2) law courses, continuing education, and clinics for building local capacity to deal with legal and regulatory matters affecting CSOs; and 3) technical assistance to governments, lawmakers, CSOs, and others engaged in the law reform process.

ICNL is advising the Fiji Law Reform Commission in its current undertaking to comprehensively review the legal framework for CSOs and to update the inherited body of laws in light of current societal needs. Similarly, in Vanuatu civil society and government have entered into a compact, and ICNL is participating in follow-on discussions intended to lead to a reform process. As
a new government is formed in the Solomon Islands, CSO law reform is likely to be a priority; a contribution to the efforts to restore a more peaceful and collaborative society and move forward on economic and social development. In Samoa as well, voices are speaking out for a review of the existing legal framework.

For background information, please see country reports on Fiji, Vanuatu, and the Solomon Islands in the ICNL library and ICNL and USP publications Law and Civil Society in the South Pacific and The Rule of Law, Custom, and Civil Society in the South Pacific.

 

Laws and Legislation affecting community organisations in Vanuatu

On Wednesday 24th May 2006 the School of Law of the University of the South Pacific hosted a workshop conducted by the International Centre for not-for-profit law relating to the laws and legislation affecting community organisations in Vanuatu. This workshop provided a forum for the discussion of the legal framework governing community organisations in Vanuatu.  In particular, attention was paid to the contribution that non-government organisations make to civil society. The workshop allowed for the exchange of ideas between government officers and those involved in a variety of community organisations. The workshop also discussed ways of promoting the reform of laws relating to NGO's including the possible establishment of a Law Reform Commission in Vanuatu.

 


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