Policy analysis toolkit to benefit stakeholders
With the fisheries sector a major source of livelihood for Pacific Island Countries, the toolkit will give stakeholders the ability to identify and relate to issues faced by the fisheries sector and provide potential support opportunities to address such issues.
“There are many examples in the past of exploitation and mismanagement of the fisheries sector by various actors. As a result, damaging social-ills related to fisheries are emerging in the Pacific and hence the need to be addressed through effective public policy that embrace partnerships between government agencies and non-government organizations (NGOs) operating in the same space.”
“Also in order for NSA representatives to effectively engage and influence national and regional fisheries policy dialogue, they need to be proficient in policy analysis and this is where the toolkit comes in,” highlights WWF-Pacific’s Sustainable Fisheries and Seafood Programme Manager, Duncan Williams.
With the total fishery and aquaculture production of the zones of 22 Pacific islands countries and territories in 2014 estimated at two million metric tonnes, and worth around $USD 3.2 billion, Williams adds the toolkit will supplement the work NSAs undertake in the region in relation to fisheries.
“NSAs have multiple functions and focus areas and are widely spread across the region. These stakeholders therefore have the potential to address the many challenges and policy issues currently facing the fisheries sector as well as other issues like gender equality, observer safety, protection of workers involved in fishing, human rights, fisheries management, conservation, climate change, food security and overall governance at all levels, from the national to the regional and beyond. NSAs are also in good positions to explore opportunities for collaborative actions with regional and national government officials.”
Toolkit author, Mata’afa Dr. Desmond Amosa reveals the toolkit aims at strengthening the capacity of members of NSAs to effectively contribute to both national and regional policy development processes and dialogues for effective formulation and implementation of public policy in the fisheries sector.
“It provides a structured approach to evaluating fisheries and fisheries-impacted policies and developing policy position submissions. Also, although intended for use by NGOs working on issues in the fisheries sector, this toolkit can also be used to support policy analysis on a variety of topics particularly those emerging issues that have significant “intersectionalities” with fisheries.”
“The toolkit guide sets out to answer such questions and enhance the ability of representatives primarily working on fisheries-related policy issues by delivering a comprehensive yet simple and practical approach that guides them in their endeavour as policy analysts,” Dr. Amosa adds.
According to Dr. Amosa, the proposed model is a product of numerous interactions and dialogues with public officials and NSA representatives in the region following years of engagement in policy analysis trainings.
“The model proposed addresses the fundamentals of policy analysis and importantly, it helps NSAs officials gain a good understanding in doing policy analysis for their own purpose. Further, NSAs officials will benefit from the model by conducting policy analysis intended to positively and effectively inform decision-making in government and regional agencies.”
Mata’afa Dr. Desmond Amosa, the author of the toolkit, has taught, researched and published extensively on the subjects of public policy analysis and public sector management in the region.
The toolkit formulation is a partnership between WWF-Pacific’s Sustainable Fisheries and Seafood Programme, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded Oceanic Fisheries Management Project of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency, and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and European Union through the “Strengthening Non-State Actors Engagement in Regional Policy Development and Implementation Programme”.