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Women roadside sellers in Madang

1 Mar 2008

Tim Anderson. A survey of women roadside sellers in Madang Province of Papua New Guinea found that they earn a weighted average income of more than three times the national minimum wage. The relative economic success of these roadside vendors relies to a large extent on access to good-quality customary land and proximity to major roads.

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Land and women: the matrilineal factor. The cases of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu

1 Jan 2008

How well is our understanding of the current status of women in relation to land tenure, land management and access to land in matrilineal societies in the Pacific? This question forms the central objective of this research by Joel Simo, Ana Naupa, Kristina Stege and Ruth Maetala and Dr Elise Huffer commissioned by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat in 2007.

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Land reform in Melanesia

1 Jan 2008

Matt Allen: Neo-classical economists have repeatedly called for the reform of land tenure arrangements in the independent states of Melanesia on the grounds that the customary ownership of land in those countries is a critical barrier to economic growth. Some, such as Helen Hughes (2003), have advocated the abolition of customary land tenures and their replacement with freehold or other forms of individual title.

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KALOTITI V KALTAPANG [2007] VUCA 25 AND RATUA DEVELOPMENT LTD V MATHEW NDAI AND OTHERS [2007] VUCA 23: TWO DISTURBING CUSTOMARY LAND CASES

1 Jan 2008

Two recent decisions of the Court of Appeal of Vanuatu demonstrate some serious problems that are becoming increasingly common in Vanuatu nowadays, as persons who are not the true custom owners enter into a lease of land with an innocent third party and then that lease is registered under the Land Leases Act [Cap 163]. The decisions in these two cases indicate that there are deficiencies in the legislation so far as protecting the rights of the true custom owners.

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Traditional money banks in Vanuatu

26 Jun 2007

Traditional Money Banks are alive and well in Vanuatu. Wealth based within pig tusks, red mats and stringed shell money, have an ancient and respected history. The traditional money banks project aims to maintain and revitalise living traditional cultural practices whilst stimulating income generation in Vanuatu.This project was jointly undertaken by the Vanuatu Cultural Centre, the Vanuatu Credit Union League (VCUL), the National Council of Chiefs, UNESCO Office (based in Apia), and the Government of Japan (Japanese Funds-In-Trust (JFIT).

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Review of national land legislation, policy and administration

1 Mar 2007

The National Land Summit in September 2006 marked a turning-point in Vanuatu’s land affairs. The twenty-six years after independence were marked not by land policy development, but by land policy decline. The 20 main resolutions endorsed by the Summit are evidence of serious problems in such areas as agreements to lease custom land, lease conditions, land use planning, subdivisions, registration procedures, public access to beaches and rivers, and the public’s awareness of land rights and laws

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The traditional economy - what's it all about?

1 Jan 2007

Ralph Regenvanu, Director of the Vanuatu National Cultural Council explains the meaning of the 'year of the traditional economy' declared by the Vanuatu government in 2007.

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Piece of Paradise

1 Jan 2007

A Piece of Paradise' is a documentary that explores the nation of Vanuatu, a collection of tropical islands in the South Pacific. On paper, it's one of the poorest countries on earth - yet there is very little poverty. No one can own land there - but few are homeless. CUSO-VSO staff Sean Kelly traveled to Vanuatu to find out why. [5 mins.]

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Land rights and Aboriginal voices

6 Dec 2006

Tim Anderson & Gary Foley. This article explains Australian Aboriginal land rights as the just claim of a long historical movement, driven by Aboriginal voices of resistance to dispossession.

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Vanuatu Land Boom

1 Dec 2006

In December 2006 Australian TV channel SBS aired a documentary on the land boom fuelled by tourism in Vanuatu, undermining traditional culture and leading to land being stolen.

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