Based in the East-West Center, the Pacific Islands Development Program (PIDP) conducts a broad range of activities to enhance the quality of life in the Pacific islands. PIDP began as a forum through which island leaders could discuss critical issues of development with a wide spectrum of interested countries, donors, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector.
Today, PIDP's role as a regional organization has expanded to include the following five major activity areas:
- Secretariat of the Pacific Islands Conference of Leaders
- Secretariat for the United States/Pacific Island Nations Joint Commercial Commission
- Research & Dialogue
- Education & Training
- Pacific Islands News
As PIDP was formed at the specific request and for the benefit of the island leaders, the program is unique within the East-West Center as it responds to both the needs of the island leaders and can draw on the resources of the entire Center if PIDP lacks expertise in a specific area.
The East-West Center was established by the United States Congress in 1960 as a national educational institution to foster better relations and understanding among the peoples of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific islands through programs of cooperative study, training, and research.
The founding mission of PIDP, established in 1980, is to assist Pacific islands leaders in advancing their collective efforts to achieve and sustain equitable social and economic development consistent with the goals of the Pacific islands region's people.
Collaboration, Expertise, Leadership.