PLP’s regional activities are aligned with the shared priorities of Australia and Pacific Island Countries, with a particular focus on private sector development, women’s leadership and ensuring effective regional institutions. PLP works through robust relationships with Pacific Regional Organisations, private sector and non-government stakeholders. We support our partners to develop and implement their own leadership initiatives, and facilitate participation in broader, cross-sectoral coalitions for policy and development change in the following areas.

  • Private Sector Leadership
  • Political – Bureaucratic Leadership interface (including effective regional institutions)
  • Women’s Leadership
  • Future Developmental Leadership

Private Sector Leadership

The Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO) is the peak body for private sector interests in the region and a long-term PLP partner. With PLP support, PIPSO has made important in-roads to promote reforms around operational and policy support for Small Medium Enterprises, which make up 80% of Pacific owned businesses. Results include: Forum Leaders endorsement of a position paper on Small Medium Enterprises at the 2015 Forum Leaders Meeting, and PIPSO inclusion in a high-level working group that will make recommendations on policies impacting SMEs for tabling at the 2017 Forum Economic Ministers Meeting. PIPSO also supports members through activities such as Women in Business Conferences, Agribusiness Forums, and training.

Political – Bureaucratic Leadership interface

PLP provided a 12-month adaptive leadership training program for 30 middle and senior managers from CROP agencies and regional civil society organisations in 2015. The initiative was designed to develop the skill of leaders within regional organisations to work in collaborative and politically informed ways to address organisational and regional policy issues.

Participants are now applying adaptive leadership skills to specific challenges, such as mobilising support for coastal fisheries management (SPC); and ensuring gender issues are incorporated into organisational processes (PIFS). At the request of agency heads, PLP also followed-up with tailored adaptive leadership training and coaching for SPC and PIFS senior leadership and management teams.
Women’s Leadership

PLP works in partnership with the Australian Government-funded Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development to deliver targeted adaptive leadership training for women leaders and advocates from government, inter-governmental agencies, private sector and civil society. These have equipped participants with the ability to work more strategically and collaboratively to advocate for gender equality and women’s human rights, hold governments to account against international commitments, and represent Pacific women’s interests at regional and international fora. Participants have also developed a better understanding of the power dynamics within their own contexts and methods to strategically intervene to mobilise transformative change.

Pacific Regional Green Growth Leaders’ Coalition– promoting a ‘green growth’ policy platform in the Pacific

PLP supports the International Union for Conservation of Nature to convene a coalition of leaders who are committed to leading sustainable growth policy initiatives at regional, national and sub-national levels. This influential coalition includes government ministers, private sector leaders, academics and heads of regional organisations. The Coalition’s leaders’ retreat is underpinned by the use of a facilitated ‘talanoa’ process, which promotes inclusive conversations and sharing of stories across  organisational, sectoral, and national boundaries. The 2016 leaders’ retreat was framed around the priorities of the Framework for Pacific Regionalism and included in-depth discussion on the blue economy.  PLP provides ongoing technical, policy and research support to the Coalition.

Future Developmental Leadership

Greg Urwin Awards
PLP administers the Greg Urwin Awards in partnership with PIFS. The Awards were established in the memory of the late Secretary General of PIFS, recognising his commitment to regional development. Five emerging developmental leaders are selected each year to undertake short professional placements in regional or national organisations in the Pacific. More than 20 placements have been completed to date. The current cohort covers a range of fields relevant to regional development including regional fisheries, medical research, childhood cancer management, children’s rights, and women’s and community health.

Pacific Youth Council – providing a voice for youth issues at regional level
The Pacific Youth Council connects national youth organisations to regional and international policy makers and organisations. PLP support has enabled the Council to facilitate participation of youth actors in anti-corruption initiatives, commission research around youth employment, and convene a regional youth entrepreneurship forum with PIPSO in 2016.

PLP and Adaptive Leadership

One of PLP’s key offerings for Pacific leaders is training and coaching in ‘adaptive leadership’, or the practice of mobilising people to successfully tackle tough challenges – in their organisations, communities and countries. The adaptive leadership framework is well suited to analysing and addressing leadership challenges in the Pacific, where change can be particularly complex due to diverse cultures, large distances, constrained resources and competing national and regional priorities. Adaptive leadership encourages leaders to think creatively, take informed risks, and to work with others to achieve transformational change.  PLP’s adaptive leadership training tools were developed in collaboration with the internationally renowned Cambridge Leadership Associates. These provide Pacific leaders with new skills, perspectives and insights to progress initiatives, build a support base, and overcome barriers to change.

For further information on PLP’s Pacific regional activities visit contact PLP’s Team Leader, Georgina Cope on georgina.cope@plp.org.fj .