Reflections on the PNG Budget Forum: Can devolved funding be effectively utilised

“One of the major talking points of the recent PNG Budget Forum was the huge increase in devolved funding to provinces, districts and local level governments. Both Finance and Treasury Ministers speaking at the forum seemed cautiously optimistic and nervous in justifying these funding allocations. On paper, it seems like a large increase to subnational levels of government, up from 5% of the budget in 2012 to 15% in 2013. However, … They are effectively allocating much more funding to their own committees in a large expansion of the District Services Improvement Program (DSIP)…” [read more].

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