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Civil Society Briefs: Vanuatu
dc.description.abstractImportant concepts for understanding civil society in Vanuatu are wantok, “big man,” and kastom. Wantok are the ties that bind kinship, language, and clan groups, and these ties can cut across organizational and political groups, including civil society. Wantok ensures a high level of community participation and social protection, but it also creates reciprocity and obligations between kin. The related concept of “big men” is also important in Vanuatu, which ties in with the chiefly system and those who can earn power and status by working for the community. Chiefly systems are informed by kastom, which is often understood as “tradition,” “custom” or “customary law” and in some cases is often used as a metronym for the “chiefly system.” Kastom is a fluid concept that is specific to place, and embodies the distinctiveness of different groups.
dc.publisherAsian Development Bank
dc.rightsCC BY 3.0 IGO
dc.titleCivil Society Briefs: Vanuatu
dc.subject.expertRural planning
dc.subject.expertAid coordination
dc.subject.expertIndustrial projects
dc.subject.expertInfrastructure projects
dc.subject.expertNatural resources policy
dc.subject.expertEducational development
dc.subject.adbCivil Society Development
dc.subject.adbAgricultural And Rural Development
dc.subject.adbDevelopment In East Asia
dc.subject.adbInfrastructure Development Projects
dc.subject.adbInstitutional Development
dc.subject.adbMillennium Development Goals
dc.subject.adbPolicy Development
dc.subject.adbSocial Development Programs
dc.subject.adbSocial Development
dc.subject.naturalCivil government
dc.subject.naturalCommon good
dc.subject.naturalFederal government
dc.subject.naturalDelivery of government services
dc.subject.naturalGovernment missions
dc.subject.naturalSocial participation
dc.subject.naturalPolitical participation
dc.subject.naturalCommunity banks
dc.subject.naturalBusiness planning
dc.subject.naturalSustainable urban development
dc.subject.naturalSocial contract
dc.contributor.imprintAsian Development Bank
oar.adminregionPacific Region
oar.authorAsian Development Bank

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    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) Briefs are based on papers or notes prepared by ADB staff and their resource persons. The series is designed to provide concise, nontechnical accounts of policy issues of topical interest, with a view to facilitating informed debate.

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