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Politicians to see Australian aid in action on Solomon Islands visit

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A cross-party group of Australian senators and MPs are embarking on a five-day visit to gain a deeper understanding of the issues facing the people of Solomon Islands, including the impact of multiple crises on their livelihoods, and the solutions to these pressing problems.  

The delegation travels to the Solomon Islands with Save the Children to witness the challenges facing the Pacific Island nation as it grapples with the climate crisis and pandemic recovery. 

“Solomon Islands is on the front line of the climate crisis, despite contributing very little to global carbon emissions, and is still recovering from the impact of the global pandemic on the economy and communities,” said Francis Woods, Save the Children Australia Executive Director of International Programs. 

Sally Sitou MP, Senator Tammy Tyrrell, Hon Kevin Hogan MP, David Smith MP and Senator Karen Grogan will travel to Honiara and Western Province, visiting programs run by Save the Children, the Fred Hollows Foundation, Oxfam, Caritas, and other international and local non-government organisations.

“This visit will provide a valuable opportunity for parliamentarians to connect with communities and witness first-hand the work they are doing to provide solutions and strategies to address the most pressing issues they are facing right now,” added Woods. 

They will experience first-hand the transformative nature of Australian overseas development assistance and locally-led solutions to the climate crisis, disaster mitigation and adaptation, food security, education and healthcare.  

With a focus on gender in livelihoods, workforce participation (early years), vocational training and disability inclusion.  

“We are grateful for the active support of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Australian High Commission in Honiara in delivering this opportunity for our parliamentarians.” 

The Australian Regional Leadership Initiative is a Save the Children Australia project, made possible by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Since 2015, Save the Children has delivered 14 learning tours to countries including Papua New Guinea, Bangladesh, Jordan, Lebanon, Myanmar, Solomon Islands, Cambodia, Fiji and Kenya.  

Save the Children last week announced a new $31.8 million project with the Green Climate Fund to enhance climate knowledge and resilience in the Solomon Islands. The locally-led project will reach about 185,000 people or a quarter of the country’s population. 

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Menchie Khairuddin is a writer Deputy Content Manager at Akolade and content producer for Third Sector News. She is passionate about social affairs specifically in mixed, multicultural heritage and not-for-profit organisations.


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