Henry Ivarature’s research focused on political executives, especially on ministers and how they have been held accountable particularly in the Melanesian states of Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. This research was the first of its kind in the Pacific Islands.
Ivarature’s research provided insights into the debate and reforms aimed at addressing political and parliamentary instability, executive and cabinet stability and ministerial tenure and durations and their implications for governance, and the relations between democracy and development. He also analysed elections and political issues affecting democracy and democratic institutions in the Pacific Islands. He is worked with the Melanesian Spearhead Group Secretariat on a regional dialogue platform for regional actors to discuss democracy in the region.
Ivarature’s has previously worked as the Regional Governance Adviser at the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat in Fiji, where he worked on implementing the good governance pillar of the Pacific Plan. Prior to that, he was a Program Manager with PNG Sustainable Development Program Ltd in Papua New Guinea and before that a senior officer in the Papua New Guinea Department of Prime Minister and NEC, where he also served as Papua New Guinea’s Senior Official to APEC.