Research and Technical Assistance
Conducting relevant research and providing technical assistance to PICs
The development assistance provided by partners needs to be well designed to address the challenges faced by the Pacific islands - remoteness, institutional capacity, lack of raw and construction materials and vulnerability to the impacts of climate change including coastal erosion.
In response to priorities identified by the international development agencies, regional organisations and government officials, PRIF sponsors relevant studies to develop research products that recommend particular design, technology and policy options, while recognising the value of local knowledge and experience in the region.
Recent examples include: Affordable Coastal Protection in the Pacific (see box); Pacific Infrastructure Performance Indicators; LPG and Natural Gas as Alternative Energy Sources in the Pacific; Road Pavement Design for the Pacific Region; Improving Accessibility in Transport Infrastructure Projects in the Pacific Islands; Economic and Social Impact of ICT in the Pacific. Current programs are researching the potential
for regional approaches to solid waste management and recycling, improved interisland transport and logistics, and improved cybersecurity systems and legislation.
Technical Assistance is provided by PRIF to individual countries on important issues. For example, PRIF assisted the Government of Samoa develop and implement a master plan for Apia port, provided a prefeasibility study for rehabilitating the main port in Nauru, conducted a due diligence of a proposed upgrade of the electricity distribution network for Nuku’alofa in Tonga, assisted the Fiji Water Authority with a financial management planning and tariff study, and led a review of the Transport and ICT sector roadmaps in Niue.