To'abaita Authority for Research & Development (TARD)

[P.O Box 13, Honiara, Solomon Islands/ Email: tar_development@yahoo.com/ Tel:+677 7424025]

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Monday, March 06, 2006

About TARD

This group which is known as the To'abaita Authority for Research and Development (TARD) is a volunteer group that was formed by young To'abaita scholars at the University of the South Pacific in Suva (Fiji) in August 2005. The principal goal of TARD is to pursue potential development aspirations of the To'abaita region as well as raising community awareness on vital issues particularly during christmas holidays. The authority has taken initial steps in establishing a secretariat in Suva with a private mail bag, a website, a phone contact, and an email contact as necessities for future plans of the group.

To'abaita is currently threatened with pressing issues such as overpopulation, less land for food security, depletion of natural marine and land based resources, and unemployment. The group aims to support development initiatives in To'abaita especially the improvement of socioeconomic parts of the region by pursuing potential development projects in To'abaita along the pipe-line. A think tank taskforce was also formed to analyse various developments that discourage urban migration so that employment is created in rural areas. Other future goals include the acknowledgement of other development plans in To'abaita whilst reviewing and developing a blue print where necessary that is reflective of past reports.Main areas in which the think tank taskforce is planning to develop include food security and fisheries related projects, environment and sanitation, access to financial services and credit, education and health improvements, and beautification projects.

The Think Tank Taskforce at USP welcomes any constructive feedback or criticism from To'abaita scholars, leaders and grassroot people elsewhere either to contact us or by voicing your concerns in the discussion forum.

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