• Siale Bain-Vete

    Siale joined the Commonwealth Foundation in 2017. He assists in the management and delivery of the Foundation’s Grants Programme, and manages a portfolio of grants. Siale has a special interest in pro-poor development policy, building local participatory processes and facilitating policy advocacy by marginalized and isolated communities. He brings to the Foundation over 8 years […]

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  • Enhancing the ability of civil society to monitor the implementation of the Tonga Strategic Development Framework

    Issue The Tonga Strategic Development Framework 2015-2025 is an overarching framework to ensure Tonga’s development. Civil society plays a key role in its implementation but a more engaged interaction with government is required. Project The Civil Society Forum of Tonga (CSFT) is collaborating with government and the private sector to monitor the implementation of the […]

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  • Enhancing localisation of the Papua New Guinea Informal Economy Act

    Issue In Papua New Guinea, the informal economy is central to the livelihoods of approximately 80 to 85% of the population. The informal economy revolves around women’s food production, distribution and trade, and street trading. Since early 2000s, the Papua New Guinea government has made efforts to develop laws and policies for the promotion and […]

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  • Strengthening legislation and policy development on natural resource management in Papua New Guinea

    Issue Papua New Guinea has several pieces of vital legislation around the use and management of natural resources, but customary landowners often lack awareness or a clear understanding of the legislation and polices that protect their rights. Project The Centre for Environmental Law and Community Rights (CELCOR) is engaging government agencies to deliver changes to legislation […]

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  • Can stories create change? Commonwealth Conversations at Civil Society Week

    Can stories told through the medium of films, short stories and poetry, change the way people perceive social problems and challenge deep rooted social issues? High profile journalistic exposés can trigger change. But how can the stories of citizens sharing experiences of, for example, gender based violence influence public discussion around broader gender and power […]

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  • Telling the story of indigenous survival

    In October, I received an email from the Commonwealth Foundation. It contained an invitation to participate in the International Civil Society Week (ICSW) to be held in December in Fiji. The theme: Our Planet, Our Struggle, Our Future. My heart raced as I blinked at the phone. I only had to confirm my attendance. I told […]

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  • Through a different lens

    Despite extensive planning, when Commonwealth Writers start work on a creative project, we don’t always know the exact course it will take or what unexpected results it will achieve. In 2012 we launched a capacity building scheme to give emerging writer-directors the opportunity to make a film on the theme of relationships. Five filmmakers – […]

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  • Adaptation, or justice? Climate action in the Pacific

    The purchase of land has been sanctioned to relocate the population of Kiribati in the face of climate change impacts. If this happens, it could spell the end of a sovereign state due to climate change. How does Pacific civil society plan to respond to the immediacy of the threat?

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  • Promoting awareness of the media’s role in Tonga

    The Centre for Citizenship Education is promoting the principles of development journalism to ensure Tongan citizens are better informed about political and economic decision-making processes.

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