Public investment in youth (2018)

This chapter examines key issues revolving around public investment in youth education and training linked to the development of a solidarity economy and social enterprises in Timor-Leste. It also focuses on appropriate ways government financing might be used to support incubators for social enterprises among youth. Continue reading “Public investment in youth (2018)”

Cuba, Oceania and a ‘Canberra Spring’ (2018)

Cuban engagement with Timor-Leste and the Pacific islands, particularly through powerful health cooperation programs, has helped reshape regional geopolitics. Most of the key initiatives came from the period when Fidel Castro was head of government, with strong continuity under Raúl Castro. The Caribbean island’s medical cooperation with Timor-Leste, from 2003 onward, was the most powerful and successful move, transforming the health system of that new nation. Continue reading “Cuba, Oceania and a ‘Canberra Spring’ (2018)”

Partnerships for self-determination: The Cuba-Timor health cooperation (2018)

This paper uses the Cuban Timor Leste health partnership to illustrate desirable principles in aid partnerships. For all its problems, Timor Leste has graduated one thousand doctors in the past decade, created clinics in all rural districts and has seen substantial improvements in some critical health indicators. Over this period, Cuba was by far the most important partner in health training and health services. We consider what it was about this partnership that facilitated substantial gains in both human capacity and human development. Continue reading “Partnerships for self-determination: The Cuba-Timor health cooperation (2018)”

‘Papua New Guinean Ways’: Hybrid livelihoods and human development (2015)

Policy complexity sometimes masks consistent and enduring concerns. What really are the key developmental priorities for a country with tremendous wealth in natural resources, yet a substantial history of resource mismanagement? Similarly, while any country’s greatest resource is its people, in PNG there have been failures to invest in human development. We know that some countries with few resources (e.g. Japan, Singapore and Cuba) have successfully upgraded their productive capacities, by investing heavily in their people. Continue reading “‘Papua New Guinean Ways’: Hybrid livelihoods and human development (2015)”

Land and livelihoods in Papua New Guinea (2015)

A slow motion drama is in play in Melanesia, above all in Papua New Guinea, where the ‘omissions’ of the colonial era are being addressed by neo-colonial forces. The economic interest of the big powers has its focus on land – always a key resource but increasingly valuable in times of multiple food, financial, energy and ecological crises. Continue reading “Land and livelihoods in Papua New Guinea (2015)”

Unlikely partners: Challenges for an Australia-Cuba collaboration in Pacific health (2014)

In June 2010, at a joint press conference in Perth, the foreign ministers of Australia and Cuba expressed their wish to work together in a range of areas, in particular health aid programs in the Pacific and Caribbean regions (AMFAT 2010). Australia-Cuba collaboration has its own logic: both countries have great capacity to assist the Pacific island nations, and there is always value to be found in genuine efforts at cooperation and complementarity. However the move also raises the question: how might these two very different systems work together, when they have such distinct aims and methods? Continue reading “Unlikely partners: Challenges for an Australia-Cuba collaboration in Pacific health (2014)”

Land and livelihood economics in Papua New Guinea – Shifting the paradigm (2014)

One of the most persistent myths in development is that people linked to traditional lifestyles must be in a process of ‘moving from subsistence to the cash economy’. This expression comes not only from finance agencies (for example, World Bank 1962) but also from analysts with greater sensitivity to livelihoods. Continue reading “Land and livelihood economics in Papua New Guinea – Shifting the paradigm (2014)”

Timor’s New Doctors / Los Nuevos Médicos de Timor (2014)

By 2014, 800 Cuban-trained Timorese doctors had graduated in Timor Leste. They bring new values to the country, a Timorese ‘social medicine’. Continue reading “Timor’s New Doctors / Los Nuevos Médicos de Timor (2014)”

Not really Europeans / No son realmente europeos: Cuban doctors in the Pacific (2013)

Interviews with Cubans and Pacific Islanders participating in Cuban international health solidarity in the Pacific region. Continue reading “Not really Europeans / No son realmente europeos: Cuban doctors in the Pacific (2013)”

An army of white jackets: Graduation of 406 Timorese doctors (2012)

406 Timorese doctors graduate as a result of Cuban-East Timorese health cooperation. Continue reading “An army of white jackets: Graduation of 406 Timorese doctors (2012)”