Raising the standard of recordkeeping in the Pacific: The PARBICA Recordkeeping for Good Governance Toolkit

Comma (2011), 2011, (2), 111–121.


Good governance requires an effective recordkeeping framework and, as is the case elsewhere, is one of the key priorities for Pacific Island governments. In 2005, 13 countries of the Pacific Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives (PARBICA) adopted a declaration on recordkeeping for good governance. One result of this was the development of a Recordkeeping for Good Governance Toolkit. This provides recordkeeping standards and guidance which can be easily adapted to meet the specific jurisdictional requirements of each country, state or territory of the region. In developing the toolkit, PARBICA adopted the objective of ‘better practice, or ‘good enough practice’, rather than the best practice model of many professional standards, and achieved something that is relevant, usable and working for the specific circumstances of the region. It is noted that a regional standard may also act as a powerful tool for developing strategic allies and influencing regional leaders and decision-makers.

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Crookston, Mark