The Dialogue Fiji initiative was formed in early 2009 by a group of civil society leaders determined to build a dialogue process capable of bringing people from across Fiji’s social and political divides together in dialogue.
The initiative consists of a full-time secretariat, based in Suva, which is directed by a 12-member committee made up of representatives from Fiji’s NGO community, the Fiji Government, academics, the private sector, and Fiji’s media. This committee in turn receives its mandate from a ‘Dialogue Assembly’, an annual assembly of up to 100 members of Fiji’s broader civil society and Fiji government.
Dialogue Fiji organises three-day regional and national dialogue events, including a broad range of government and non-governmental participants, typically leaders in their respective sectors.
The Citizens’ Constitutional Forum (CCF) was set up in 1995, initially to create opportunities for reflection and informed discussion on constitutional matters among Fiji’s citizens. CCF has an extensive programme advocating for, and educating in, multiculturalism, good governance and human rights. Since the 2006 coup the organisation has being working to promote a constructive and inclusive return to democracy. Along with using a diverse communications programme to educate and challenge public opinion, the organisation conducts extensive community education within local rural and urban communities. The CCF also works with youth, academics, other civil society organisations, and the Fiji Government.
The Commission is an independent public body, appointed by the government of Fiji in July 2012 and is responsible for consulting the people of Fiji in order to prepare a draft constitution that reflects the aspirations of the people, and the needs of the country. The five-person Commission – chaired by Professor Yash Ghai of Kenya – is supported by a Secretariat.
The Fiji Women’s Rights Movement (FWRM) is a feminist non-governmental organisation that combines local concerns with a global perspective. FWRM was formed in 1986 by a group of women to encourage institutional reform and attitudinal changes to systemic discrimination against women. FWRM’s activities include: advocacy and lobbying, raising awareness, undertaking research and providing information on issues affecting women.
The Pacific Centre for Peacebuilding (PCP) is a not-for-profit organisation established in 2007. PCP is based in Suva and offers a range of services in areas such as dialogue facilitation, peacebuilding training and conflict analysis and prevention. PCP works with the private and non-governmental sectors, along with government, intergovernmental, regional and international institutions. In recent years PCP has also developed a grassroots peacebuilding and human security programme, focused on rural women based in Fiji’s second largest island, Venua Levu.