Just 100 tourists a year visit the tiny, tropical paradise of Tuvalu in the South Pacific. Off the beaten tourist track, it is of great importance to Australia and our region. One of many small, Pacific democracies established in the latter part of the twentieth century, it is a proud, independent nation. Tuvalu is immensely vulnerable to climate change. But, like any very small nation, the challenges of maintaining an effective, working democracy are significant too. With claims to a huge area of the Pacific, a seat at the UN and a high profile with environmental campaigners, political instability would have influence far beyond the vicinity of Tuvalu.
Robert Eames spent an intense week in Tuvalu developing a corporate plan for Parliament creating a framework for the administration to strengthen democracy and parliamentary processes for the nation.
We have also worked with the Parliament of Samoa on a human resources strategy and a redesign of parliamentary administration processes, with Wendy Geraghty getting caught in Cyclone Evan during the project.
These projects are part of a series of assignments we have undertaken, directed by the Parliament of Australia and the United Nations Development Programme, to strengthen Pacific parliaments and create appropriate infrastructure for democratic institutions.