Capacity Building

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The Pacific Islands have been an essential part of the EWC since its founding in 1960, when it was charged by the US Congress to build relations between the peoples and nations of Asia, the Pacific, and the United States. After its founding in 1980, PIDP continued at the forefront of developing future leaders for the Pacific Islands. Many Pacific Island leaders have been EWC students, and Islanders continue to be a significant presence in the student and leadership programs and as adjuncts and collaborators.

Pacific Islands Tourism Professional Fellows Program

APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED

The East-West Center is pleased to announce that in September 2017, PIDP was awarded a grant from the Professional Fellows Division in the Office of Citizen Exchanges at the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to conduct the Pacific Islands Tourism Professional Fellows Program in 2018-2019. This program will bring two cohorts of tourism industry professionals from the Pacific Islands to Honolulu, Hawai‘i for intensive six-week programs that build significant new capacity and facilitate enduring professional bonds between industry leaders in the United States and the Pacific Islands.

Team-building exercise at the 2013 Future Leaders of the Pacific seminar in American Samoa

Young Pacific Leaders Program

In 2018, PIDP will conduct the Young Pacific Leaders Conference and small grants program. Funded by the U.S. Embassy in Canberra, Australia, the program consists of a comprehensive conference that will provide emerging Pacific leaders, ages 25-35, with new skills and knowledge to advance the region’s economic vibrancy and civic engagement, thereby contributing to regional security and development. A diverse and highly selective group of 26 young men and women from across the independent Pacific states, Australia and New Zealand and the United States will be chosen in close cooperation with U.S. diplomatic posts to participate in the conference, tentatively scheduled for 16-18 January 2018. In addition, six outstanding alumni of previous conferences will be invited to participate for a total of 32 Young Pacific Leaders. At the conclusion of the conference all participants will be eligible compete for small grants to be carried out through the life of the project, which will last until December 2018.

The program is based on four successful years conducting the Future Leaders of the Pacific program from 2013-2016. Funded by the U.S. Embassy in New Zealand, the program brings together young emerging leaders from throughout the Pacific Islands for an intensive 4-5 day educational workshop and networking opportunity. The young leaders are challenged to engage deeply about topics including global action for sustainability, social entrepreneurship, specific development needs of small islands states, and current trends requiring collective regional action. The group is provided the opportunity to meet with regional government, NGO, and business leaders. More than 125 youth have so far participated in the program which has been held in American Samoa, Samoa, Aotearoa/New Zealand, and Honolulu.

U.S.-South Pacific Scholarship Program

The U.S.-South Pacific Scholarship Program, Funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, was founded by PIDP and continues to provide educational opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students from South Pacific nations in fields of study meeting development needs in the Pacific islands region. Currently the EWC's Education Program manages the program.