The Pacific Islands Training Initiative (PITI-VITI) was established in 1991 through an Interagency Agreement between the Graduate School's International Institute and the U.S. Department of Interior's Office of Insular Affairs (DOI/OIA). The program serves Pacific insular governments by providing training services designed to support efforts to implement and maintain sound financial management and program performance practices. Although funded primarily by DOI/OIA, insular governments provide funds targeting specific projects as well as extensive in-kind contributions.
Participating governments include American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia (including the four FSM states of Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei and Yap), the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Republic of Palau.
Pacific island nations and territories are experiencing increasingly rapid social and economic change. The Pacific Basin is challenged to find ways to participate in an emerging global economy that favors those who can effectively compete on a large scale or find a particular niche in the marketplace. Demands on governments to provide more and better services, often with a constrained resource base, are increasing. These pressures are forcing governments to implement reforms, increase public accountability and improve the responsiveness and results of program services. The goals of the PITI-VITI program are to assist the insular governments to:
- Improve leadership and management capacity to effectively perform.
- Improve financial management systems and practices.
- Increase effectiveness of program results.
- Institutionalize regional professional organizations and communites of practice.
- Improve capacity and capabilities of public sector work force in critical positions and functions.
In the Pacific, as elsewhere, a skilled and capable public sector workforce is government's greatest asset in meeting its development responsibilities and assisting society attain the quality of life it desires.