Written in 2004, this 43-page Subregional Strategic Opportunities Paper covers strategies in multiple sectors related to fourteen countries in the Pacific Ocean. They are: Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.
As stated in the Introduction of the Executive Summary:
With the introduction of the performance-based allocation system, among other reasons, the new resource allocation framework has prompted IFAD to redefine its strategy for the Pacific subregion. Following a fact-finding mission in 2003, IFAD organized a consultative workshop on “IFAD’s Re-Engagement in the Pacific”, attended by several ministers and representatives of nine Pacific Islands countries (PICs). Based on workshop findings, in June 2004 IFAD fielded the subregional strategic opportunities paper (SRESOP) mission. The mission visited ten PICs and held more than 120 meetings with national governments, multilateral and bilateral overseas development agencies, regional organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and representatives of grass-roots organizations. The findings of the SRESOP were presented in Wellington, New Zealand, at a roundtable meeting attended by all 14 PICs, organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Government of New Zealand, and co-sponsored by IFAD, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community and the Commonwealth Secretariat.
Also, as may be seen in the Executive Summary, there was an assessment of IFAD’s Specific Role in the Pacific:
Because of the inheritance of a number of past ODA-funded development operations with limited impact and even less sustainability, IFAD should promote targeted development initiatives based on the principles of community ownership, self-reliance and sustainability. Its small-scale operations, commitment to targeting, capacity to assess poverty in its multiple dimensions, ability to engage in working collaborations (based on partnerships with local communities, governments and civil society organizations), attitude to test development options at the grass-roots level and experience with innovative community development approaches give IFAD an opportunity to tailor interventions to specific subregional needs. It is essential, however, that the Fund’s work receive maximum visibility so as to enhance its impact, both in terms of mobilizing additional resources and, above all, in terms of influencing development strategies and policies of PICs, regional organizations and ODA agencies.