Informal Social Protection and Social Development in Pacific Island Countries: Role of NGOs and Civil Society
Manoranjan Mohanty ()
Additional contact information Manoranjan Mohanty: Associate Professor, Development Studies Programme, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji
Social security and social protection concepts are gaining importance, especially in the Pacific Island countries (PICs). The state-led welfare and social protection system is limited in PICs, where there has been a heavy reliance on traditional, informal and non-state social protection systems which are provided through extended family, kinship, and community. The aim of the paper is to examine the nature of traditional, informal and semi-formal social security and protection mechanisms within PICs, to explore the role of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and civil society organizations (CSOs) in providing social security and safety nets and to aid in enhancing social development in PICs.