Locally led Development in the Pacific

The Institute has been supporting locally led development programs and social change processes in the Pacific for several years. Drawing on this experience, the Institute has produced a wide range of practice-orientated resources as listed below. The resources explore what locally led development looks like in the Pacific, how it has been affected by COVID-19 and how it can be supported by external actors, including through better monitoring, evaluation and learning.  The resources include journal articles, working papers, blogs and videos, many of which have been produced in collaboration with Pacific colleagues. If you have any questions about any of these resources, then please contact us at socialchange@latrobe.edu.au.

What does locally led development in Pacific look like?


Masta, M., Garap, S., Ford, Serena., Jackson, E. and Gyles, G. (2023). Approaches to engaging men in support of women's leadership in the Pacific. Women Leading and Influencing.

CHSSC. (30 November 2022). Submission from Centre for Human Security and Social Change to inform the Australian Government's new International Development Policy. CHSSC submission.

Craney, A., Jackson, E., Tierney-Lemisio, A., Utumapu, F., Robinson Moors, C., Time, I., Meredith, D. (2022). Inclusive technical and vocational education and training in Samoa: Lessons learned from a partnership between the Australia Pacific Training Coalition and Nuanua O Le Alofa. Australia Pacific Training Coalition, Samoa.

McLoughlin, C., Hiriasia, T., Hudson, D., Krishna, U., Nanau, G., Rhodes, A., and Roche, C. (June 2022) Inclusive Development in Solomon Islands: Unlocking the Potential of Developmental Leadership. Developmental Leadership Program.

Denney, L. (2022, 13 April). Localisation: an opportunity for thinking and working politically to deliver? From Poverty to Power Blog. https://oxfamapps.org/fp2p/localisation-an-opportunity-for-thinking-and-working-politically-to-deliver/.

Craney, A (2022) Youth in Fiji and Solomon Islands: Livelihoods, Leadership and Civic Engagement. ANU Press Pacific Series

Spark, C., Cox, J. & Corbett, J. (2021). ‘Keeping an eye out for women’: Implicit feminism, political leadership and social change in the Pacific Islands. The Contemporary Pacific. 33(1):64-95.

Craney, A., Mel, A., and Tyson, G. (2021). RDI Conference Paper Presentation: Challenges and opportunities for Pacific women’s participation in TVET. Thursday, 1 July.

Wild, K., Kelly, L., & Roche, C. (2021). “It’s a coffee with a purpose”: perspectives on thinking and working politically in the Pacific. Development in Practice

Cox, J., Corbett, J., & Spark, C. (2020). Being the President: Hilda Heine, gender and political leadership in the Marshall Islands. small states & territories. 3(2). 339-358.

Craney, A. and Hudson, D. (2020). Navigating the dilemmas of politically smart, localy-led development: the Pacific-based Green Growth Leaders' Coalition. Third World Quarterly

Craney, A. (2020). Local participation or elite capture in sheep’s clothing? A conundrum of locally led development. Politics and Governance. 8(4). 191-200

Craney, A., and  Hudson, D. (2020). The hard truth about supporting local leadership: three dilemmas for those who want to. DLP Blog

Suti, E., Hoatson, L., Tafunai, A. & Cox, J. (2020). Livelihoods, Leadership, Linkages, and Locality: The Simbo for Change Project. Asia Pacific Viewpoint. 62(1):15-26

Suti, E., Hoatson, L., Tafunai, A. & Cox, J. (2020). Livelihoods, Leadership, Linkages, and Locality: The Simbo for Change Project, Solomon Islands. DLP Blog

Roche, C., Cox, J., Rokotuibau, M., Tawake, P. & Smith, Y. (2020). The characteristics of locally led development in the pacific. Politics and Governance. 8:136-146. 2020

Hudson, D., Lemay-Hébert, N., Mcloughlin, C., and Roche, C. (2020). Leadership and change in Asia-Pacific: Where does political will come from?. Politics and Governance. 8(4). 131-135

Cox, J., Spark, C. & Corbett, J. (2019, 21 August). Gender, political representation and symbolic capital: How some women politicians succeed.

Craney, A. (2019). Youth leadership in Fiji and Solomon Islands: creating opportunities for civic engagement, in H. Lee (Ed.) Pacific Youth: Local and Global Futures. Canberra: ANU Press.

Denney, L., and Roche. C. (2019). How can developmental leadership be supported? DLP

Denney, L., and Roche. C. (2019). How can aid agencies support developmental leadership? DLP Blog

Rousseau, B., and Kenneth-Watson, D. (2018). Supporting coalition-based reform in Vanuatu. Developmental Leadership Program, Research Paper 51.

Spark, C., Cox, J., and Corbett, J., (2018). Being the first: Women leaders in the Pacific Islands. Developmental Leadership Program Gender and Politics in Practice series.

Brimacombe, T. and Roche, C. (2018). Power politics and collective action: Lessons for supporting gendered coalitions. Development Bulletin 79.

How has COVID affected locally led development in the Pacific?


Jackson, E., Craney, A., Motusaga, M. and Gibson, D. (November 2022) Supporting Women's Leadership during COVID-19: Women Leading and Influencing in the Pacific. Developmental Leadership Program.

Jackson, E., Craney, A., Motusaga, M. and Gibson, D. (November 2022) Supporting Women's Leadership during COVID-19: Women Leading and Influencing in the Pacific - Executive Summary. Developmental Leadership Program.

Denney, L., and Roche, C. (2021). ‘COVID-19: An opportunity to localise and reimagine development in the Pacific?,’ in In Varughese, G et. al.  Reimagining Development: Interdisciplinary perspectives on doing development in an era of uncertainty, UNSW Institute for Global Development, March 2021.

Roche, C., and Jackson, L. (2021). RDI Conference Panel: Leadership in the shadow of the pandemic: researching spaces of resilience and transformation, Friday 2 July.

Roche, C., Hiriasia, T., Jackson, E., Moran, M., Leua Nanau, G., Saidah, C., Salim, I., Warapa, B., and Diver, R. (2021) Leadership in the shadow of the pandemic. Developmental Leadership Program Report.

Flint, J., Osborne, J.J., Roche, C., and Tarpey, F. (2021, May). Local leadership, Covid-19 and the Pacific. Humanitarian Practice Network.

Smith, Y., Tawake, P., Rokovucago, L., and Schuster, A. (2021). RDI Conference Roundtable: The tenuous silver lining of COVID19 – Do Pacific Islanders lead when the expats go home? Friday, 2 July.

Roche, C., and Tarpey, F. (2020, 23 March). COVID-19, Localisation and Locally-led Development: A critical juncture. Devpolicy Blog.

Roche, C., Tarpey, F., Sutton, K. and Flint, J. (2020, 27 November). ‘Is Covid a window of opportunity for localizing aid? Learning from a natural experiment in the Pacific’. Blog From Poverty to Power.

McLoughin, C., Hudson, D., Roche, C., and Tomlin, Al. (2020). Leadership in the shadow of the pandemic: researching spaces of resilience and transformation.  DLP Blog.

Roche, C. & Jackson, E. (2020, April). Supporting local responses to COVID-19: Nine things you need to know.

King, M., Pinnington, R., and Roche, C. (2020, 1 June). Locally-led aid in the time of corona: throwing away the remote control. DLP Blog.

Australian Red Cross, Humanitarian Advisory Group and the Centre for Human Security and Social Change (2020, November). A window of opportunity: learning from COVID-19 to progress locally led response and development think piece.

Osborne, J.J., Kenni, L., Abraham, S., Flint, J., Tarpey, F., & Roche, C. (2020, 17 December). A moment in time: COVID, localisation and the Pacific. Devpolicy Blog.

How can monitoring, evaluation and learning better support locally led development?


Craney, A., Denney, L., Hudson, D. and Krishna, U. (2022). Adaptive programming, politics and learning in development, Chapter 57 in K. Sims, N. Banks, S. Engel, P. Hodge, J. Makuwira, N. Nakamura, J. Rigg, A. Salamanca, and P. Yeophantong (eds) Routledge Handbook of Global Development. London: Routledge

Roche, C., Brown, G., Clune, S., Shields, N., and Lewis, V. (2021). Thinking with complexity in evaluation: A case study review. Evaluation Journal of Australasia. 21(3):146-162

Tyrrel, L., Kelly, L., Roche, C., and Jackson, E. (2021). Uncertainty and COVID-19: A Turning Point for Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning? Abt Blog

Denney, L. (2018).  Walking the adaptive talk. Devpolicy Blog.

Roche, C., and  Kelly, L. (2018). Monitoring and evaluation for adaptive programming. Devpolicy Blog.

Babon, A., and  Denney, L. (2018). The role of research and learning in adaptive programming. Devpolicy Blog.