CSO Partnership Dialogue Forum, Port Moresby

I am a strong supporter of civil society : says Secretary General Dame Meg Taylor.

Speaking to participants at CSO Partnership Dialogue Forum on Tuesday, 1st September, at the Holiday Inn, Port Moresby, PIFS Secretary General Dame Meg Taylor, said, “I am a strong supporter of civil society and I don’t say that lightly. I am committed to ensuring that we take inclusive approaches in our work at the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat.”

“I note with particular interest the theme of this dialogue – ‘Rethinking development, Reshaping the Pacific we Want’ which is relevant at this very important time for rethinking and reshaping Pacific regionalism.”

“The issues on your agenda are issues that cut across work that is being carried out within the Forum Secretariat, including the Post 2015 development agenda; engagement with civil society; temporary special measures for women’s political representation in Parliament; as well as climate change and West Papua. These latter two issues are on the agenda for the Forum Leaders meeting next week.”

“Next week, the Papua New Guinea Government will host a civil society engagement with the Troika Leaders as part of the official Forum Leaders schedule of events. For those of you who are not clear who the Troika are. The Troika are three members of the forum; the past chair, the present chair and the future chair. The past was the Republic of Marshall Islands, the present is Palau and the future will be Papua New Guinea. They are the leaders who will meet with Civil Society. This is a milestone for the Forum in that it contributes to the Leaders’ vision for an inclusive and participatory process for regionalism, as articulated in the Framework for Pacific Regionalism.”

“That event, combined with this one, marks a sea change in terms of Forum engagement with civil society, but it should be viewed on both sides as only the start of a process towards increased engagement.”

Read Secretary General Dame Meg Taylor’s speech:http://www.forumsec.org/…/working-with-civil-society-to-sha…


SISBEC FEB 2015 Newsletter

Dear members,

SISBEC is pleased to share with you their February newsletter that highlight some of the activities that they have been doing, what is currently happening and their upcoming training schedules.

Also for you quick glimse of what they will be offering, take a look at the sneak peak of their honey formula.http://


They have lodged their Huni Honey brand, organic local honey. SISBEC is working on a school based model to train students in bee keeping and business. They also supply honey to buyers and soon to have in stock bee farming supplies for bee farmers. Need honey, call SISBEC office for your order.


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DSE launches strategic plan 2013-2015

The DSE Strategic Plan was also launched on the 24th of October.  The plan will be the road map for the national CSO umbrella body  up to December 2015. The plan was made in consultation with DSE members at the end of 2012 with assistance from Ausaid, with some logistics support by World Vision Solomon Islands, which is also a member of the organization.

Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Home Affairs Mr Fred Fakari (standing) making the key note address at the DSE Strategic Plan Launch.

The key note address was made by Mr. Fred Fakari who is the Permanent Secretary of the Solomon Islands Government’s Ministry of Home Affairs which is the government ministry responsible for NGO affairs. It is also part of the DSE Board as Ex-officio.

Speaking at the launching Mr. Fakari said that the government through his ministry has a very limited budget to support NGOs and that his ministry is doing all it can to support especially DSE as it is the NGO peak liaison office in the country.

The Launching of the DSE strategic Plan launching and the 2013 DSE AGM were  supported by the Ministry of Home Affairs

DSE successfully holds its Annual General Meeting

The DSE Annual General Meeting, (AGM) was held on the 24th of October at the CYP conference venue at the Panatina Campus of the Solomon Islands National University. The theme of the day was “together rethink a better future”

The AGM was attended by  23 member organizations, the Ministry of Home Affairs, the European Union, Ausaid, the US consular Agency, The Ministry of Planning and Aid Coordination, the Ministry of National Unity Reconciliation and Peace and other partners.


The DSE General Secretary Ms. Nancy Jolo and AVI Volunteer Volunteer, Ian O’Reilly counting the votes at the DSE Board members election


Ms. Mirrial Gete of Afoloa Land Trust Board (front) with other representatives of DSE members and other DSE partners at the DSE AGM.


The AGM provided the members and partners an overview of the organisation’s Annual Narrative and Financial Audit Report for the period July 31st 2012 to July –2013.

An election of new DSE board members was also conducted where eight representatives of the of member organisations were elected as board members to oversee the National CSO umbrella body for the next two years.

A partnership dialogue was held with various donor agencies prior to the AGM where some stakeholders were given the opportunity to provide an overview of their programs and current activities.





 The Board, staff and members of Development Services Exchange express our grief and sincere sympathy at the passing away of our leader and founding pioneer, the Late Dr John Roughan.

84a880adfe9d47d4b3caThe Late Dr. Roughan believed and worked towards improving the welfare and livelihoods of ordinary villagers based on the principles of, social justice, social equity and solidarity.

He was a champion together with his other comrades from the Foundation for the Peoples of the South Pacific (FSPI) and Solomon Islands Development Trust (SIDT) in steering towards the establishment of DSE.

He collapsed just minutes before making a key note address at the Launch of the DSE Strategic Plan at our Annual General Meeting.

His passing is a great loss to the CSO/NGO sector and the country. DSE and its members pay respectful homage to this outstanding leader. He was a true servant of the people and a dedicated leader who made a lot of sacrifice to serve humanity in this country.

Our heartfelt and sincere condolence is conveyed to his family, son (Paul) and grandchildren and other family members.

Our prayers are with you at this time of bereavement.

Notice: DSE Annual General Meeting

From: The Board and Staff of Development Services Exchange (DSE) 

To:  DSE financial members and interested development partners

This notice serves to inform you that the Development Services Exchange Annual General Meeting (AGM) has been scheduled for 24th October 2013.

Venue:Commonwealth Youth Program conference venue, lower Panatina Campus of the SI National University

Starting time:            9:00 am -1:00 pm

The AGM tentative agenda will be to provide members and stakeholders the organization’s Annual Report; Financial Statement, budget for current financial year, election of new board members and other general business of DSE.

Please confirm the attendance of your organization’s representative(s) to the DSE Networking officer, Mr. Calvin Sese through the DSE office phone number 23760, or through email, networking@dse.org.sb by 22nd October latest.

 The 2013 Annual General Meeting is jointly supported by:                                                          

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October 24th 2013: DSE Annual General Meeting

The DSE AGM will be held on the 24th of October 2013. This  Annual General Meeting is a very special event because an election will be held for a new DSE board of governance because the current board has completed its 2 year them. The AGM will also provide members and partners an overview of the DSE’s Annual Report 2012-13, which includes the organization’s Financial Audit Report. The new DSE strategic plan will also be launched at the AGM.

The Venue for the AGM will be the Duchess Leaf Hut at the CYP conference venue at the lower Panatina Campus of the Solomon Islands National University in East Honiara.

The AGM will be attended by other development partners including representatives from the European Union, AusAid, the Ministry of Planning and Aid Coordination, Ministry of Home Affairs, and the Japanese International Cooperation Agency.

First DSE sector group formed

A DSE Environment Conservation NGO network group was formed in the 2nd DSE Civil Society Organisation (CSO) forum which was convened at the CYP conference venue on Tuesday the 24th of September 2013.

The main objective of this forums was to facilitate discussions for information sharing. This is to engage CSOs to address development priorities with focus on sustainable development.

One of the main outcomes of this forum was the formation of a conservation NGO network/working group. The Conservation NGO network group will provide Civil Society perspectives in the environment conservation Sector in the National Development Agenda.

Formation of sector groupings will enable the DSE CSOs to better address development  issues in a sectoral approach. 

Other Sectoral groupings will be formed in the upcoming months.