On World Toilet Day, it’s time Pacific leaders start talking toilets

Alyse Schrecongost, Katherine Wong |

Dots on the world map – they are coral atolls and volcanic islands spread across a vast swath of the Pacific Ocean with names as exotic as their turquoise water, white sand and tropical foliage.…

Axel van Trotsenburg |

Part of the World Bank’s new vision is to step up its efforts to help fragile and conflict-afflicted states break the vicious cycle of poverty. But this is no easy task.   The destruction of…

Massimiliano Calì |

This week in Doha, the marble corridors of the Qatar National Convention Center resonate with voices from around the world. Over half way through the UN Climate Change Conference, as ministers…

Rachel Kyte |

Map courtesy of Wikipedia through a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.Taking development to the outlying provinces of Solomon Islands is not an easy ride. I found this…

Alison Ofotalau |

Because boats to and from Tikopia are infrequent, William Kesi had to wait a couple of months before he could leave the island. William Kesi had to hitch a ride with a passing cruise ship to get…

Edith Bowles |

Choiseul is remote even by Solomon Islands standards: some parts of the province are one hour away by boat from a telephone, and two days by ship from the capital.

Edith Bowles |

Residents of Honiara eating dinner during a blackout. Energy in the Solomon Islands can be unreliable and expensive. A few nights ago, when I returned to my house on the ridges above Solomon…

Hamish Wyatt |

The expense of operating outboard motor boats means that visits to each community are few and far between. In December 2008, I spent two and a half days traveling around the Solomon Islands with…

Edith Bowles |

The country is often dismissed as the Pacific's failed state, yet conversations with community members and officials reveal clear visions of what a state can provide in terms of services and…

Edith Bowles |