Pacific Islands Development Program (PIDP)
The Pacific Islands Development Program (PIDP) was established in 1980 at the first Pacific Islands Conference of Leaders (PICL) through the collaborative vision of Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, Prime Minister of Fiji, and George Ariyoshi, Governor of the State of Hawaiʻi. The founding mission of PIDP is to assist Pacific Islands’ leaders to advance their collective efforts to achieve and sustain equitable social and economic development.
PIDP defines “development” holistically, supporting education, culture, the arts, environment, political arenas, economies, and more as rich sites for development. PIDP prioritises Pacific Islander worldviews and the collective ambitions of the Pacific peoples in shaping its programming to advance development agendas.
It serves the nations and peoples of the Pacific through innovative capacity building at the regional and community levels, interchange among regional leaders, and policy-relevant research on priority issues. PIDP is housed at the East-West Center (EWC) in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. It is organised as a special programme with its own unique, three-fold identity:
1. An EWC programme working to advance the mission and vision of the Center;
2. A founding member of the Council of Regional Organisations of the Pacific (CROP); and
3. Secretariat of PICL.