18 Aug 2017

Pacific civil society gets boost from EU

3:26 pm on 18 August 2017

The European Union is helping to boost the voice of community groups in the Pacific with a pilot training programme tailored to different regions.

The $US2.7 million Raising Pacific Voices project aims to help groups in ten countries drive development, enhance democracy and the rule of law.

Oxfam is among those working on the project and its regional director for the Pacific, Raijeli Nicole, said it would help a diverse range of groups lobby at a local, regional and international level.

"We've taken to heart that one size does not fit all," said Ms Nicole.

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"Between Melanesia where the populations are larger compared to Micronesia where again the population is smaller, the access to internet is a lot more difficult, travel between the different countries is also a challenge," she said.