Category Archives: Devpolicy

Blog of the Development Policy Centre at the Australian National University (http://devpolicy.org)

Challenges and opportunities for women in Papua New Guinea

Friday 18 July 12.30 – 1.30pm Speakers: Avia Koisen Principal, Koisen Lawyers Emma Wurr Principal Legal Officer for Human Rights, PNG Office of the Public Solicitor Location: Brindabella Theatre Level 2, JG Crawford Building 132 Lennox Crossing, ANU Women in … Continue reading

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PNG’s elections: the most expensive in the world, and getting worse

An interesting evaluation has just been released by DFAT of Australia’s assistance to PNG to help it hold elections over the last decade. The evaluation… Continue reading

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Review – Islands at risk? Environments, economies and contemporary change

Islands are back in vogue. It’s not that they ever disappeared but climate change in particular has brought islands to the fore of a global… Continue reading

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PNG’s rural decay: a personal perspective

The last decade in PNG’s socio-economic development has been claimed by many, including Prime Minister Peter O’Neil and me, to have been wasted, as the… Continue reading

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Navigating the potholes of infrastructure development in PNG

With the Rudd–O’Neill asylum deal likely to involve a ”realignment” of the Australian aid program toward new infrastructure spending in PNG, the mother of all… Continue reading

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How to respond to the impasse in Fiji?

Fiji’s coup leader-turned Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama may star on the international stage, where many diplomats take at face value his reformist claims, but his… Continue reading

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Solid waste management in Papua New Guinea

This research covers two PNG cities, Port Moresby (POM) and Lae. POM has a population of 650,000+ and Lae has 200,000+. Both cities expect rapid… Continue reading

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Foreign aid in the August Statement: pushing back the scale up for the fifth time; more details on aid to PNG

This post explores the implications of the August Budget Statement for Australian aid, and for aid to PNG. The use of aid to fund the… Continue reading

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Rampaging soldiers at the Moresby medical school: implications for Rudd’s PNG solution

On Sunday 14 July, the day Prime Minister Rudd arrived in PNG, two truckloads of rampaging soldiers attacked medical students at the University of PNG… Continue reading

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Controlling middle & backbenchers in PNG Parliament for political “stability”

PNG politics was labeled unstable for many years, but today we have the opposite problem: too much stability and of the wrong kind. Continue reading

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RAMSI: the inconvenient truth

As we’re approaching the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands’ (RAMSI) ten year anniversary, as well as the anticipated transition towards a scaled down civilian… Continue reading

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In conversation with Francis Herman on Pacific media

Recently, Tess Newton Cain spent time chatting with Francis Herman. You can listen to a podcast of their conversation here or download the full transcript… Continue reading

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Ailing public hospitals in PNG: a radical remedy from Africa?

The Prime Minister of PNG publicly decries the state of PNG hospitals, and regularly approaches his near neighbor Australia for help to improve them. The… Continue reading

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RAMSI: all good things must come to an end

As the saying goes, “all good things must come to an end”. RAMSI’s good intentions and blessings to the people of Solomon Islands will eventually… Continue reading

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RAMSI: so near and yet so far

This post continues our series looking at the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) as it marks its tenth anniversary (23 July 2003), and… Continue reading

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