Monitoring Peace and Conflict in the Solomon Islands: Gendered Early Warning Report No. 2

Authored by: Annalise Moser

Categories: Conflict Prevention
Sub-Categories: Early Warning
Country: Solomon Islands
Region: East Asia and the Pacific
Year: 2005
Citation: Moser, Annalise. Monitoring Peace and Conflict in the Solomon Islands: Gendered Early Warning Report No. 2. New York: United Nations Development Fund for Women, 2005.

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This report forms part of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) project ‘Monitoring Peace and Conflict Using Gendered Early Warning Indicators’, implemented in partnership with the National Peace Council (NPC), the Solomon Islands Christian Association (SICA), Vois Blong Mere Solomon, the Department of Home Affairs,and the Department of National Unity, Reconciliation and Peace. Conflict early warning is the systematic collection and analysis of information from areas of crisis to anticipate the escalation of violent conflict. The process involves the collection and analysis of data using specific indicators, combined with the development of appropriate response options, which are then communicated to decision-makers for the purposes of decision-making and action. This project incorporates a gender perspective into each of these processes. The early warning data continues to present a moderate risk level for armed conflict in the Solomon Islands, with 11 out of 46 indicators in the high risk level. There is also a general tendency towards low economic development and considerable gender inequality within the Solomon Islands. These tendencies are important because both are strongly linked to an increased likelihood of conflict – however all factors must be considered in the context of the many positive elements and opportunities currently present in the Solomon Islands.