aid watch avaiki
AWA is an information transformation initiative by avaiki nius agency
Only one organisation in Oceania, Australian Aid Watch, is devoted to reporting and commenting on aid assistance from an independent viewpoint.
Other organisations like Oxfam and Greenpeace include aid assistance on their list of activities.
However even AAW monitors aid from national donor perspectives.
AWA, Aid Watch Avaiki is an embroynic attempt at providing a second organisation focusing solely on aid, and the first to provide commentary from island perspectives.
AWA also provides opportunity for debate on media centrality, an advocacy position warning of risks from continued cuts to media capacities.
State broadcasters, for example, have been cut to pieces at a time when timeframes surrounding severe weather events are imploding under pressure from global warming.
A lack of efficient communications cost hundreds of thousands of lives in the 2006 Boxing Day Tsnumai - there is nothing to stop the same thing happening in Pacific Islands.
AID FOR JOURNALISTS
As an example of aid spending in the region, very little overseas development assistance goes to journalists.
New Zealand for example spent only $100,000 on journalism activities in 2005, down from $200,000 in 2004. This sector (code 15163 under OECD aid categories) is the only one that mentions journalists, although 22030 also deals with 'news media infrastructure.'
Australia's second media project, the Pacific Media and Communications Facility, saw higher spending but its webpage has simply disappeared from sight, leaving only a spam page in its wake. Donor calls for more good governance in the developing world are not being matched by funding for governance information necessary for a "free flow of information", with OECD aid statistics showing global spending on journalists was slashed 50% from €152 million in 2003 to €70 million in 2005.