Visualising the invisible: collaborative approaches to local-level resilient development in the Pacific Islands region

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McNaught, Rebecca
McGregor, Kalara
Kensen, Matthew
Hales, Rob
Nalau, Johanna
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2022
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The Pacific Islands region has made strong progress on the integration of climate change, disaster management and development frameworks, particularly via the Pacific Urban Agenda and the Framework for Resilient Development in the Pacific. These frameworks highlight the need for local- level collaboration in achieving ambitious pathways for climate- and disaster-resilient development. However, to date little research has investigated the role that local-level collaboration plays in implementation. Additionally, there is a lack of guidance on how to design and implement local-level collaboration that is informed by in-country practitioner experiences. This study addresses those gaps. Its findings indicate that in the Pacific collaborative attributes span individuals, institutions, collaborative arrangements, and broader governance systems. They also suggest that the skills needed to undertake collaboration well at the local level are, in part, already manifest in Pacific cultures as invisible skill sets. More can be done to make the invisible visible by documenting and developing the ‘soft skills’ that are necessary to achieve climate- and disaster-resilient development. This action could contribute to bridging the gap between ambition and reality.

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Commonwealth Journal of Local Governance
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© 2022 Rebecca McNaught, Kalara McGregor, Matthew Kensen, Rob Hales and Johanna Nalau. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported (CC BY 4.0) License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), allowing third parties to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format and to remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially, provided the original work is properly cited and states its license.
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Information governance, policy and ethics
Urban and regional planning
Policy and administration
Political science
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Collaborative governance
Pacific
disaster
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McNaught, R; McGregor, K; Kensen, M; Hales, R; Nalau, J, Visualising the invisible: collaborative approaches to local-level resilient development in the Pacific Islands region, Commonwealth Journal of Local Governance, 2022, (26), pp. 28-52
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