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AVI in Solomon Islands

Skilled Australians sent by AVI have worked in all provinces and across all sectors in Solomon Islands, providing technical assistance, developing capacity and mentoring governments and a diverse range of nongovernment and church-based organisations.

Following the June 2000 coup, AVI evacuated all AVI volunteers from Solomon Islands. AVI was the first international organisation with a volunteer program to resume, returning three Australian volunteers in January 2001, and three months after the signing of the Townsville Peace Accord.

Since its commencement in 2003, Pacific Technical Assistance Facility (PACTAF) - now known as Pacific Technical Assistance Mechanism (PACTAM), has sent more than 10 technical advisors to assist the government of Solomon Islands. These placements have been with government ministries.

Working towards good governance

Through  continued work with government and community organisations, Australian volunteers mentor and
train local staff in order to develop organisational capacity for effective program delivery. Australian volunteers
provide support in developing fundraising and marketing strategies, finalising organisational work plans, and
improving human resources management.
Improving educational outcomes
Working with educational institutions, Australian volunteers provide professional development and training
opportunities for local teachers, as well as support in developing relevant and practical curriculum and training
materials, particularly for vocational training centres.
Improving health outcomes
AVI placements focus on building the capacity of local medical professionals through training and mentoring
in order to provide improved services. Volunteers also support the coordination of maternal and child health
programs, and the development of systems and processes in hospitals and pharmacies.
Supporting sustainable livelihoods
Through AVI placements, volunteers work with local organisations and communities to strengthen their
livelihood and conservation programs. They help develop and implement alternative income generation
activities. They also build capacity of local staff to develop and deliver promotional and campaign materials
including posters, DVD’s, Website, T V and Radio programs about interventions in Working towards good governance

Through  continued work with government and community organisations, Australian volunteers mentor and train local staff in order to develop organisational capacity for effective program delivery. Australian volunteers provide support in developing fundraising and marketing strategies, finalising organisational work plans, and improving human resources management.

Improving educational outcomes

Working with educational institutions, Australian volunteers provide professional development and training opportunities for local teachers, as well as support in developing relevant and practical curriculum and training materials, particularly for vocational training centres.

Improving health outcomes

AVI placements focus on building the capacity of local medical professionals through training and mentoring in order to provide improved services. Volunteers also support the coordination of maternal and child health programs, and the development of systems and processes in hospitals and pharmacies.

Supporting sustainable livelihoods

Through AVI placements, volunteers work with local organisations and communities to strengthen their livelihood and conservation programs. They help develop and implement alternative income generation activities. They also build capacity of local staff to develop and deliver promotional and campaign materials including posters, DVD’s, Website, T V and Radio programs about interventions in project areas.

About Solomon Islands

AVI volunteer Trainer Pharmacist, Michelle Pirpinias with Pharmacy Officer Edmond Toos (left) and Pharmacy Officer John Berry (right) at the dispensary at National Referral Hospital Pharmaceutical Department. Photo: Michael Bainbridge/AVI

Volunteer profile

Australian volunteer Sean Court has lived in the Solomon Islands and worked as a Protected Area Ranger for the Kolombangara Island Biodiversity Conservation Association (KIBCA).

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Host organisation profile

SIDT is an indigenous non-governmental organisation, founded in 1982. SIDT works with communities across the provinces of Solomon Islands to promote community empowerment, community-led development and inclusive participation.

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