"We have plenty": Re-thinking custom and community economic development within Vanuatu

Westoby, Peter (2010) "We have plenty": Re-thinking custom and community economic development within Vanuatu. Journal of Development Support, 2 20-38.

Author Westoby, Peter
Title "We have plenty": Re-thinking custom and community economic development within Vanuatu
Journal name Journal of Development Support
ISSN 1993-5889
2079-4053
Publication date 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 2
Start page 20
End page 38
Total pages 19
Place of publication Bloemfontein, South Africa
Publisher University of the Free State
Language eng
Abstract The past two years have been declared by both the Vanuatu National Council of Chiefs and the National Cultural Centre, the years of the ‘custom (kastom) economy’. Such a declaration is indicative of many ni-Vanuatu citizens’ concerns to do with the (un)sustainable directions of current macro-economic conditions and strategies of the Vanuatu state. The years of the kastom economy reflect both a reaction and resistance against such strategies. This article considers the complexities of sustainable economic strategies unpacking key tensions between: individual vs. collective, cash vs. custom, ‘subsistence plus’ vs. ‘not enough’ , wealth as land-focused vs. educational-focused and urban vs. rural. It is proposed that practitioners of development who hold a commitment to sustainability will require a ‘compass’ enabling them to navigate through the kind of tensions discussed.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work Publications
 
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