TIV Completes 7 Adaptive Leadership Training’s For Efate & Offshore Island Chiefs

FOR THE LAST few months Transparency International Vanuatu (TIV) and the Pacific Leadership Program (PLP) had been working in partnership with the Executive of the Vaturisu Council of Chiefs to train chiefs around the island of Efate and its offshore islands on the Adaptive Leadership theory.

The Adaptive Leadership Training facilitators, Wilson Toa from TIV and Nelly Willy from PLP, collaborated with the Vaturisu Secretary General Chief Meameadola to organise the gathering of the chiefs throughout the area councils of chiefs on the island of Efate earlier this year.

Eventually, a one day training schedule was confirmed and the facilitating team began their preparation through to July before the training kick-started in early August.

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Nguna & Pele Island Council of Chiefs at Adaptive Leadership Training

In his speech at Takara village Chief Meameadola mentioned that since its establishment in 1976 the Vaturisu Council of Chief had never participated in any leadership training that is as intense and applicable as the training on Adaptive Leadership.

“Some of our historical traditions cannot function properly nowadays due to the introduction of new ideas, knowledge, and actions. This training aims to assist us to adapt with this modern era” said Chief Meameadola the Secretary of the Efate Vaturisu Council of Chiefs.

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Adaptive Leadership Training at Pangpang Village.

Overall, the Adaptive Leader training proves to be a needed tool for community leaders in order to perform effectively ‘outside the box’. The training was recommended by the chiefs to include as many chiefs as possible throughout Vanuatu.

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Adaptive Leadership Training for Emau Island Council of Chiefs at Takara village.

 

WATCH:  Adaptive Leadership Workshop Interviews

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Nguna & Pele Chiefs Attend Leadership Training

CHIEFS FROM THE islands of Nguna and Pele attended an Adaptive Leadership Workshop facilitated by Transparency International Vanuatu (TIV) and the Pacific Leadership Program (PLP).
Over 20 Chiefs participated in an engaging one day workshop at Piliura Village on the island of Pele on the 14th of August.
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Chiefs from the islands of Nguna and Pele.

With the ever increasing flow of social changes, traditional structures on the two islands are facing a new trend of challenges. Made up of over 15 villages, both islands are experiencing rapid growth in numbers. Similarly, there is an increasing number of people from the two islands who are now studying abroad and are bringing in new knowledge.
Located within close vicinity of Port Vila both islands have had their fair share of negative and positive influence, both domestic and abroad.
And with a growing national economy the expansion of development and rapid social changes encroaches on the very fabrics of traditional leadership.
Under current circumstances the leadership on both islands need tools to assist them in

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Nelly Willie from PLP.

decision making. It was in the month of March when the adaptive leadership tool was introduced to the Executive of the Vaturisu Council of Chiefs via a workshop. Immediately after that workshop the request for a series of similar workshops for the Area Chief Councils of Efate was made.

Realizing the benefits behind the adaptive leadership concept, the Vaturisu has partnered with Transparency International Vanuatu and the Pacific Leadership Program to deliver the several workshops around the island of Efate.
“Some of our historical traditions cannot function properly nowadays due to the introduction of new ideas, knowledge, and actions. This training aims to assist us to adapt with this modern era” said Chief Meameadola the Secretary of the Efate Vaturisu Council of Chiefs.
Looking at the technical and adaptive aspects of leadership the offered training revealed strategies that can be utilized for communal benefits.
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At their accountable positions each chief has a role to perform to the satisfaction of the community. How they go about to achieve that depends entirely on good strategy; the adaptive strategy.
“Being able to work with people you do not necessary like is why we use tools like adaptive leadership…because at the end of the day it is not about disagreements but it is about recognizing the loss on the other party when a decision is made” explained Mr. Toa of Transparency International Vanuatu.
This is the sixth Adaptive Leadership Workshop facilitated by Transparency International Vanuatu and the Pacific Leadership Program in Vanuatu. “We want to say thank you for coming to us at the grassroots with this workshop” expressed the Chairman of the Nguna Pele Council of Chiefs Nawota Taripoamara.

Enforcement Of RTI Law Begins 

After over 10 years of developing, networking, lobbying, and challenges the Right To Information (RTI) Law begins its enforcement phase.

The First Order for the implementation of the Right To Information Act has been enforced by the Deputy Prime Minister Honourable Joe Natuman on behalf of the Prime Minister.

Seven Government Departments are covered in this First Order of the RTI Act, they are: 
1. Department of Statistics.

2. Department of Agriculture.

3. Department of Forestry.

4. Department of Livestock.

5. Department of Customs.

6. Office of the Government’s Chief Information Officer.

7. Department of Tourism.The First Order by the Prime Minister of Vanuatu regarding the implementation of the Right To Information Act has been enforced by the Deputy Prime Minister Honourable Joe Natuman.

Seven Government Departments are covered in this First Order of the RTI Act. They are: 1. Department of Statistics.

2. Department of Agriculture.

3. Department of Forestry.

4. Department of Livestock.

5. Department of Customs.

6. Office of the Government’s Chief Information Officer.

7. Department of Tourism.

Hon. Joe Natuman signs the RTI Order.


This enforcement order means citizens can now access or request information from the listed departments under the Right To Information Law.

To access information a citizen can use any form of medium to request information from a department.

Upon receipt of an information request the department concern is legally required to provide the requested information.

This enforcement order means citizens can now access or request information from the listed departments under the Right To Information Law.

To access information a citizen can use any form of medium to request information from a department.

Upon receipt of an information request the department concern is legally required to provide the requested information.

RTI Unit Website: http://www.rti.com.vu

He Came Back For Another Mama Law Book

DESPITE CUTTING DOWN on all operations, we still have a few visitors now and then like this fellow from the island of Santo.

His name is Frank Nisa from Kole, East Santo. The last time he was in Port Vila was over five years ago, and that was that he came to the Transparency International Vanuatu (TIV) office to get a copy of the Mama Law (National Constitution) book that TIV distributes freely through the communities that we visit.

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Mr. Frank Nisa with his three books.

He returned back home with this Mama Law only to have a relative, who is a politician, want it. So Frank gave away his copy of the Mama Law book.

Five years later and he is now back in Port Vila on family matters, he pops into the TIV IMG_5619office and the first words he says are; “do you still have copies of the Mama Law?”.

Of course we still have some! So we asked to him to sit down and brought three different booklets about Corruption, Right & Duties, and the Mama Law.

We talked a little about the importance of each booklet  and how the Mama law guaranteed our transition from statelessness to becoming a Ni-Vanuatu citizen.

He left the office a very happy man.

HAPPY 37TH FREEDOM ANNIVERSARY PEOPLE OF VANUATU!

 

 

Adaptive Leadership Workshop For Women

TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL VANUATU and the Pacific Leadership Program facilitated an Adaptive Leadership Workshop for women representatives of organisations in Port Vila at the Vanuatu National Profident Fund (VNPF) Conference Centre.

Over 15 attended the one day workshop focused on adaptive leadership. “Leadership is not a position, it is an exercise” explained Mr. Wilson Toa, the facilitator, from Transparency International Vanuatu.

That was the beginning of a full day of discussions, comments, and questions. The workshop was originally a three day program but has been compressed into a single day, nevertheless the workshop clarified unspoken leadership categories to many of the workshop participants.

In every society, from a tiny preschool children’s group to a community leadership council there are systems that exist.

For example, a youth association made up of over twenty young people is technically a ‘system’. In operational regard, a system is a properly organised mechanism that work to support each other for an objective purpose. They are; for each, with each other, there for each other, and rely each other to survive.

“A system fails to function not because one of its mechanisms is absent, but because the whole system failed to adapt to the absence of its absent mechanism”.

“This is a great workshop,” expressed a Port Vila Municipality Councillor who was one the few female candidates who had secured a seat at the Port Vila Municipal Council under the reserved seats program.

The participants had to opportunity to learn and recognise the differences between technical and adaptive leadership styles; so if there is an adaptive problem, you do not need a technical solution, you need an adaptive solution.

Surrounded by individuals from different backgrounds and perspectives, how can a leader perform to the best interest of the whole group?

“All of us are facing these challenge, hopefully this workshop will help us to identify solutions” said a participant. That is true, the workshop aims to help the participant identify the individual, recognize the who is related to who, know and categorise the problem, develop an adaptive plan, implement the solution.

Several groupings have requested the Adaptive Leadership Workshop and preparation is underway to deliver this intensive leadership training to them.

WATCH: Dr. Andrina Thomas talks about the Adaptive Leadership Workshop.

WATCH: Doreen Talks About Her Adaptive Leadership Learning.

WATCH: RTI Law Community Awareness On Ambae Island – 2:50 Minutes.

TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL VANUATU recently visited the island of Ambae to inform the people there about the National Right To Information Law which which became an official in Vanuatu on 6 February 2017.

In some of the places that we visited the people were part of the consultation process and gratefully acknowledged the opportunity to have been involved in policy making.

This short 2:50 Minutes film briefly summaries a few interviews and shots of the walkabout.

This activity is funded by the Pacific Leadership Program.

WATCH: Short Interviews n RTI Law Community Awareness On Ambae Island

RTI Law Awareness & Adaptive Leadership Training For Luganville Youth Council

TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL VANUATU’S (TIV) Right To Information Law Community Awareness Program has moved on from Malekula to the island of Santo.

WATCH: Snapshot of Transparency International Vanuatu’s RTI Law Awareness – Malekula Island. 

This week the TIV Awareness Team has collaborated with the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development to deliver Civic Education, Anti-Corruption, and Right To Information Law information to the over 200 youth volunteers who helped out to deliver the National Games in 2016 hosted by Luganville City.

Furthermore, included in this partnership, an Adaptive Leadership Training was conducted for the Luganville Youth Council at the Sarakata Anglican Hall. This leadership empowerment tool was delivered by Wilson Toa of Transparency International Vanuatu (TIV) and Nelly Willie of the Pacific Leadership Program (PLP).

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The purpose of the Adaptive Leadership Training for the Chiefs of Vaturisu Chiefs was to:

1. Provide participants with an understanding of Adaptive Leadership as a practice of mobilizing people to tackle difficult situations and thrive.

2. Provide a learning space for reflection and re-strategizing.

3. Adaptive Leadership is a practice of mobilizing people to tackle tough challenges and thrive. It is specifically about positive change.

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This ongoing awareness program began on the island of Tongoa early this year and will continue until the end of April.

These Right To Information Law Community Awareness Sessions were made possible through funding support from the Pacific Leadership Program based in Fiji.

CLICK TO DOWNLOAD THE RIGHT TO INFORMATION LAW

WATCH: Interview: Deputy Principal of Rensarie College – Malekula Island