Concept: Development Plans


From 1954, Colonial Development and Welfare funds began to be allocated to the Protectorate. The government organized economic advances through a series of Development Plans intended to guide the pattern of development by government departments. These funds were used for development projects, which varied over time and included economic and social development in areas such as health and education. One of the underlying aims was to develop a commercial economy that could sustain an independent nation. There were rolling plans from 1960 to independence in 1978, and they sometimes overlapped or were extended by a year to complete their implementation. Between 1963 and 1964, the total sum released was £3,712,500. The Third Development Plan (1963-1966) followed, and then the Fourth Development Plan (1965-1968) embraced a total expenditure of £3,500,000. The latter overlapped with the 1963-1966 plan period from 1 April 1965 and extending for three years until 31 March 1968. The Fifth Development Plan ran from 1968 to 1970. The Sixth Development Plan (1970-1974) was extended into early 1975 and planning was underway for the Seventh Development Plan (1975-1979) under which there was a move toward modern commercial agriculture and cattle production. (NS 17 Nov. 1963, 7 Jan. 1966; AR 1965, 4, AR, 1974, 11, 38)

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Published resources


  • British Solomon Islands Protectorate (ed.), British Solomon Islands Protectorate News Sheet (NS), 1955-1975. Details


  • British Solomon Islands Protectorate, British Solomon Islands Protectorate Annual Reports (AR), 1896-1973. Details