The Solomon Islands Human Security project

The goal of the initiative is to enhance human security for the selected communities and ex-combatants in the Solomon Islands by reducing tensions and promoting peaceful and sustainable measures for their survival and dignity.

The Solomon Islands Human Security project, is jointly formulated by the most active UN agencies within the country (UNDP, UNICEF and ILO) with comparative advantages over their specialized mandates.

Over 7,600 Solomon Islanders, representing close to 2.6% of the population  of the three target provinces, were direct beneficiaries of project services. 55% of the direct beneficiaries of services were women.
In terms of community impact, significant first steps were taken through the project in the direction of positive behavior change in key areas which constitute national priorities: trauma recovery, awareness on the advantages of peaceful co-existence, diligent use of water and sanitation facilities, and actualization of self-employment potential of community members. A special attention was paid under the project to maximize the impact on youth communities, women populations, and the traditional leaders groups.

In regards to the opportunities created for the five partner agencies, the project provided the space and occasion to ascertain advantages of joint planning and implementation as a first step towards integration of the multi-sectoral services required to advance human security in Solomon Islands. The inherent challenges of articulating a multi-dimensional but single voice on human security were gradually overcome and the joint approach started bringing the expected results.

The outputs contracted and listed in the project logframe were delivered in a proportion of around 65% of overall project target at the following sector rate:
-    58.94% for peacebuilding and conflict prevention-related outputs,
-    55.23% for the economic security-related outputs,
-    84.78% for the water, sanitation, and hygiene-related outputs.

The ILO in partnership with the Ministry of National Reconciliation, Unity and Peace (MNRUP) focuses on addressing fundamental issues related to “Freedom from Want” approach that specifically aims to:
  1. empower their economic security and promote sustainable livelihoods for the target communities and returned ex-combatants, through income-generation measures and;
  2. improve the understanding of both the various communities and ex-combatants of the relevance of human rights and gender equality to strengthened forms of social security and decent work.