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Join us on March 14 as ADB-DROP Fellow Rufino Varea presents “Tangled Waters: Equity-Based Study of Plastic Pollution Impacts on Indigenous Communities.” Mr. Varea is a PhD candidate in Marine Science at The University of the South Pacific and a PIDP Research Fellow.

Unable to attend in-person? We are please to announce that a virtual option is now available. Click here to register.


The Pacific Islands Development Program (PIDP) and the East-West Center (EWC) administer the Development Research for Oceania Pipeline (DROP) program, funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

The purpose of DROP is to increase awareness and understanding of the development challenges of the Pacific. The program provides support for graduate (Master and Doctoral) thesis and dissertation research related to priority Pacific development issues identified in consultation with senior officials of Pacific Developing Member Countries (PDMCs).


Awardees engage in policy-oriented field research with outputs developed in coordination with EWC and in line with ADB and regional development priorities.

Click here to learn more about the ADB-DROP program.

Join us on March 14 as ADB-DROP Fellow Rufino Varea presents “Tangled Waters: Equity-Based Study of Plastic Pollution Impacts on Indigenous Communities.” Mr. Varea is a PhD candidate in Marine Science at The University of the South Pacific and a PIDP Research Fellow.

Unable to attend in-person? We are please to announce that a virtual option is now available. Click here to register.


The Pacific Islands Development Program (PIDP) and the East-West Center (EWC) administer the Development Research for Oceania Pipeline (DROP) program, funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

The purpose of DROP is to increase awareness and understanding of the development challenges of the Pacific. The program provides support for graduate (Master and Doctoral) thesis and dissertation research related to priority Pacific development issues identified in consultation with senior officials of Pacific Developing Member Countries (PDMCs).


Awardees engage in policy-oriented field research with outputs developed in coordination with EWC and in line with ADB and regional development priorities.

Click here to learn more about the ADB-DROP program.