pacific islands

USAID

The Pacific region is the most dependent on international aid of any region in the world, with 6 percent of regional GDP coming from foreign aid. The common narrative is that China is dominant in that space.

But a recently completed project by Australia’s Lowy Institute found the truth to be a lot more complex.

Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

For the sea-faring people of the Pacific Islands, canoes have long been a way to travel, trade, and fish for food. But for a tight-knit community of local Tokelauans, they hope their newly-built canoe will strengthen their ties to their ancestral homeland – a remote group of atolls 2,500 miles south of Hawaiʻi. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this story.