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  1. Stephen Howes
    Stephen Howes March 15, 2016 at 11:56 am

    Hi Tess, Good that the advertising money hasn’t been spent! My point relating to the cyclone was that if you call on donors to use your systems, you need to be able to demonstrate that those systems work, or at least that they don’t fail spectacularly and in very important ways, as they have in the case of the runway. Regards, Stephen.

    1. Tess Newton Cain
      Tess Newton Cain March 15, 2016 at 1:31 pm

      That is a valid point but it implies that a failure in one system or one part of the system means that everything is flawed to the same degree and that is not the case in Vanuatu.

  2. Tess Newton Cain
    Tess Newton Cain March 10, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Hi Stephen, the following may be of use to you in response to the issues you have raised.

    The advertising campaign you have referred to has been deferred until such time as it can be more effective, i.e. when the first tranche of repairs (now underway) has been completed. Australia is among the development partners contributing to the exercise.

    Your second point strikes me as something of a non-sequitur, as the issue of using government systems for disaster response and relief is entirely separate and the stumbling block here has been failure to allow the relevant agency to make appropriate technical decisions free from political influence not a failure to use resources appropriately through government systems. In addition, as the article outlines, the policy positions in this regard have changed over recent years, with decisions made by one government overturned by the next. This demonstrates the importance of policy stability rather than political stability.

  3. Stephen Howes
    Stephen Howes March 10, 2016 at 8:15 am

    Thanks Matt and Jonathan. It’s a remarkable and sobering tale. Wasn’t some Australian aid put to the advertising campaign to get tourists to come back? That’s what this press release seems to imply.
    And was this the same Vanuatu government that badgered NGOs and donors to work through government systems during the cyclone?

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