6 Sep 2012

Poor political leadership partly at fault for Solomons' struggle to achieve MDGs

7:20 pm on 6 September 2012

The Pacific Islands Forum says Solomon Islands appears unlikely to achieve the eight United Nations Millenium Development Goals by 2015.

The human development goals aim to reduce or eliminate poverty, hunger, child mortality, HIV and AIDS and other diseases, while building up primary education, maternal health, female empowerment and environmental sustainability.

A recent report by the Forum Secretariat shows the country has made no improvement in mortality for children, while poverty and employment figures are dragging behind.

A development worker with long involvement with Solomon Islands, Terrence Wood, says part of the issue comes from an ineffective government.

"Political elites in the Solomon Islands, on average, don't do a great job in terms of looking after the welfare of their people. There are definite exceptions to that. There are some very good politicians there who work very hard, but they would be the exception rather than the rule."

Terrence Wood.

He does say the country has made improvements in providing primary school education, feeding the hungry and reducing disease.