Pacific Leadership Program Phase 3 (PLP)

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At Cardno we recognise that exercising developmental leadership can be complex and unpredictable, but we believe that coalitions can be a strong mechanism for overcoming the deeply entrenched and complex problems that define most development challenges.

PLP was a regional initiative of the Australian Government that recognised the pivotal role of leadership in development. Cardno supported the evolution of PLP for nearly ten years, across all of its three phases, beginning in 2008. 

PLP built, applied and shared knowledge on developmental leadership. The program brought individuals, organisations and other stakeholders together to work on inclusive, legitimate and durable institutional and policy changes – changes that addressed priority developmental problems and issues for the public good. 

The program’s regional activities were aligned with the shared priorities of Australia and Pacific Island countries and were focused on the following broad priority areas: 

  • women’s leadership 
  • future development leadership 
  • political – bureaucratic leadership 
  • community leadership  
  • private sector leadership  
  • Melanesian leadership.

The Cardno team brought our extensive project knowledge, and understanding of local contextual issues and stakeholders to Phase 3 of PLP. This enabled us to effectively support the collective efforts and actions of Pacific Island leaders, to constantly look to improve how, where and why developmental leadership emerges, and to identify the best ways for donors to provide support.  

During Phase 3, our PLP team:  

  • built a body of high quality knowledge on developmental leadership in the Pacific  
  • supported collective action by Pacific island leaders to pursue reforms 
  • enabled policy and institutional changes that provide widespread benefits  
  • delivered effective communication to inform policy and practice.

By providing flexible support tailored to the specific needs of each partner, PLP supported influential individuals and organisations as they worked to pursue an identified policy reform or behaviour change. PLP also facilitates collective action by bringing stakeholders together to share information and resources, and linking groups of people working together (coalitions) to other reform initiatives occurring nationally, regionally and internationally.