The Role of Regional Organizations in Building the Capacities of Pacific Island Nations

Regional organizations in the Pacific play a central role in supporting the disaster risk management (DRM) activities of their nation state and territory members. While much is made of the emergent role of regional organizations in building DRM national capacities in other parts of the world, this is not a new issue in the Pacific. For decades, Pacific regional organizations have been engaged in helping states minimize the human and economic losses incurred by natural disasters. This study, authored by Stacey White and published on behalf of the Brookings Institution in 2015, examines the impact of regional capacity-building activities.