Mere Nailatikau is a development professional from Fiji with experience in public diplomacy, research and strategic communication. She is a Fulbright Scholar undertaking a Master of Public Policy at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs (2022-2024). She has consulted for various regional and multilateral agencies and hosted season 2 of Vosa, a podcast supported by the World Bank. With an MA in Development Studies from The University of the South Pacific, Mere has worked in development programs with a presence in Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga, Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Tuvalu and Nauru.
The development funding arena in the Pacific is a crowded space. But local actors are often forced to take back seat.
As 2022 national polls unfold, it is evident that a global decline in democracy is disadvantaging the most vulnerable.
The Pacific nation needs a new social contract on data for any meaningful change to occur in at-risk communities.