Viniana Leba, International Resident Researcher

Viniana Cakau is an international resident researcher at the Kettering Foundation.

She is the community program coordinator at the Citizens’ Constitutional Forum (CCF) in Suva, Fiji Islands. She leads the CCF’s community program education team in coordinating all of CCF’s community programs with various local government institutions, NGO networks, and coalition working groups, including faith-based and community-based organizations and grassroots communities. Her activities include advocacy, education, and awareness for CCF’s main pillar areas on human rights, good governance, the 2013 Fiji Constitution, and the rights based approach to development. She also plays a key role in the development of the community education curriculum and training tools for community trainers and facilitators.

She assists grassroots communities in forming and contributing community submissions to the yearly national budget and also assists communities in shaping and structuring their five-year Integrated Village Development Plans, which was recognized by local government and is now an approach adopted by government toward shaping the future for grassroots communities in Fiji.

Cakau holds a degree in professional social work practices, majoring in sociology, from the University of the South Pacific.