Well-Being in Vanuatu

Published on Oct 8, 2012 by 

A documentary highlighting some of the key findings from the pilot study on ni-Vanuatu well-being conducted between 2010-2012 by the Malvatumauri National Council of Chiefs and the Vanuatu National Statistics Office. The study is part of the ‘Alternative Indicators of Well-Being for Melanesia’ project, endorsed by the Melanesian Spearhead Group and set to roll out to Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Fiji in 2013.

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 Email from Kirk Huffman:
Olgeta fren/Dear friends and colleagues –

Here I have the privilege to send you the Youtube link : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtnLl1Jp0K0 to the ‘Well-Being in Vanuatu’ film addition to the ‘Alternative Indicators of Well-Being’ report released recently by the Vanuatu Government National Bureau of Statistics (which was already emailed to most of you). The film lasts 20′ 07″,is spoken in Bislama (Vanuatu Pidgin English – close enough to the Pidgins in the Solomons and PNG to be widely-understood throughout Melanesia) with English subtitles. The film was produced by VKS Prodaksen (Vanuatu Cultural Centre Productions) for the Malvatumauri National Council of Chiefs with the financial assistance of The Christensen Fund. Release date was 8th October 2012. It is spoken by Chief Ambong Thompson.head of the National Film and Sound Unit of the Vanuatu Cultural Centre and possibly the best-known radio voice in the country (having been involved in radio broadcasts since the 1970s) and written by Jamie Tanguay, from the division of International Development & International Economics of SAIS (School of Advanced International Studies) of Johns Hopkins University, the Project Coordinator. The local data/statistics of the film are taken from the official report released by the Vanuatu Government National Bureau of Statistics.
Jamie Tanguay kindly sent me this link shortly after its release with a request to assist its distribution. Here is what he wrote regarding the film: “A documentary highlighting some of the key fndings from the pilot study on ni-Vanuatu Well-Being conducted between 2010-2012 by the Malvatumauri National Council of Chiefs and the Vanuatu National Statistics Office. The study is part of the ‘Alternative Indicators of Well-Being for Melanesia’ project endorsed by the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) and set to roll out to PNG, Solomon Islands and Fiji in 2013. Produced by VKS Prodaksen”.
This inspiring and important film should be distributed and seen as widely as possible. It is a film based upon Melanesian (particularly Vanuatu) reality, and the truths that it deals with would be immediately familiar to many, if not most, inhabitants of the western Pacific. It calls into question many of the accepted ideas and theories of many economists, the majority of whom seem to continue to push for unsustainable money-obsessed ‘development’ projects/theories aimed at promoting GDP/GNP and similar other rather limited concepts. As major areas of the ‘developed’ world continue to spiral into or towards financial instability/collapse/bankruptcy/bailout situations (aided/abetted/advised by various economists at every stage),it is heartwarming to get positive news from one of the LDC (Least Developed Countries) nations (ie Vanuatu) to indicate that all is not yet lost, that there is still at least one nation in the world that realizes what it might lose if it accepts what various overseas agencies and economists seem to be trying, however politely, to force it to become. 
Keep smiling!

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