Category Archives: Devpolicy

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

PNG slowdown pushing regional growth lower in the Pacific

In the latest issue of the Pacific Economic Monitor, released yesterday (March 26), the ADB forecasts that the average rate of growth in its 14 developing member countries in the Pacific region will fall to 5.2%, as earlier gains from major foreign investments and public infrastructure projects fade. The performance of the region’s larger natural resource exporting economies (Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Timor-Leste) continues to drive the economic outlook, […] Continue reading

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Pacific Buzz (March 27): MSG’s growing strength | Polynesian pain | PNG moves on Ok Tedi | Fiji army consolidates power

Politics MSG’s growing strength The Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) continued to celebrate its silver jubilee, marking its formation in 1988, with a special Melanesia Week. There have been events in Vanuatu and Fiji to note the milestone with more to come in New Caledonia in June when it takes over the Chairmanship of the sub-regional grouping. In a recent Devpolicy interview, MSG Secretary General Peter Forau attributed MSG’s successful rise […] Continue reading

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What do big miners contribute to Papua New Guinea’s development?

Last year the Development Policy Centre published a discussion paper and blog post that I authored. The paper looked at the private sector’s reporting on their economic, social and environmental contributions in developing countries. Most large companies subscribe to international frameworks for corporate sustainability and responsibility that require them to publish information on the economic, social and environmental impact of their operations. The quality of this reporting is mixed – […] Continue reading

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Sexual violence in Lae: impunity and resistance

Lae, on PNG’s northern coast, is the country’s second city and industrial hub. It is also the capital of PNG’s largest province, Morobe. Its main government hospital, the Angau Hospital, is home to PNG’s most successful Family Support Centre (FSC), which provides medical support and psychosocial care to survivors of family and sexual violence. Supported by Medecins san Frontieres (MSF) since 2008, in the last five years the FSC has […] Continue reading

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Urban primary schools in Papua New Guinea: A decade of (rusty) swings and roundabouts

In past Development Policy Centre blog posts about the Promoting Effective Public Expenditure (PEPE) survey, Colin Wiltshire (here) and Andrew Anton Mako (here) have described the enormous challenges facing rural, particularly remote, schools in Papua New Guinea. This post focuses on the metropolis: it explores positive and negative changes that have occurred in three urban schools in PNG over the past decade.  But first, some background. In 2002, the World […] Continue reading

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Pacific Buzz (March 13): PNG elections criticised | Fiji Wrap | Border dispute | Mining veto | More

A fortnightly roundup of policy news in the Pacific by the Pacific Institute of Public Policy and the Development Policy Centre. Politics 2012 PNG elections worse than 2007: Reports Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has defended the 2012 elections, after two separate organisations criticised the process. Transparency International PNG labeled the elections ‘unacceptable’ due to observer reports indicating that at 21% of polling places the election was believed […] Continue reading

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Peter Forau on why the Melanesian Spearhead Group is a success

Tess Newton Cain recently caught up with Peter Forau, the Director General of the Melanesian Spearhead Group Secretariat. You can read the full transcript of their interview here or download it as a podcast here. But for the edited highlights, read on… This year the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) will celebrate its 25th birthday. Each member country (PNG, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji and the FLNKS) will have a week of […] Continue reading

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Challenges and opportunities at the frontline of service delivery in PNG: Enga province

In a recent post for this blog, Colin Wiltshire shared his experience of gathering data in the Gulf province of Papua New Guinea (PNG) for a major survey into public service delivery in PNG. The survey, completed in December 2012, is a key component of the Promoting Effective Public Expenditure (PEPE) in PNG project. The three-year project is being implemented collaboratively by the National Research Institute (NRI) of PNG and […] Continue reading

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Key observations on the state of New Zealand’s aid strategy

The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has released their ‘International Development Group [IDG]Strategic Plan 2012-2015 – Development that Delivers [pdf]‘, which complements and expands on the government’s ‘International Development Policy Statement [pdf]‘. The strategy sets out the vision, mission, areas of focus  and results for the government aid program, which IDG administers. There’s a lot to unpack. This blog covers a few overarching observations. The Strategy is […] Continue reading

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Pacific Buzz (Feb. 27): ‘Dili consensus’ | PNG sorcery and violence | Pacific Plan attacked | More

A fortnightly roundup of policy news in the Pacific by the Pacific Institute of Public Policy and the Development Policy Centre. POLITICS g7+ holds post-MDG conference in Dili This week in Dili, Timor-Leste, The Pacific Institute of Public Policy (PiPP) is facilitating a major global conference, bringing together representatives from the Pacific and 18 of the world’s most vulnerable countries, grouped together in a new body known as the “g7 Plus”. The conference […] Continue reading

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Fostering skilled migration and the APTC

Michael Clemens is a Senior Fellow and Research Manager at the Center for Global Development (CGD) where he leads the Migration and Development Initiative. This post is the second in a two part series. It is an edited transcript of an interview conducted by Stephen Howes (a podcast of the interview is available here) after a recent presentation at ANU that Michael delivered on his work (podcast of the presentation […] Continue reading

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Pacific Buzz (Feb. 13): Solomon Is recover | PNG seeks stability | Funding cuts | More

A fortnightly roundup of policy news in the Pacific by the Pacific Institute of Public Policy and the Development Policy Centre. POLITICS Solomon Islands recovers In spite of aftershocks that damaged an important wharf, Solomon Islands has begun the recovery from the tsunami that damaged hundreds of homes and killed as many as 10 in the Santa Cruz islands. Australian foreign minister Bob Carr diverted his Pacific tour to visit with Solomon Islands prime minister Darcy Lilo. Disaster management officials and […] Continue reading

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How Australia’s aid program is helping to pay asylum-seeker bill

Six weeks after Foreign Minister Bob Carr announced that $375 million would be reallocated within the Australian aid program to finance asylum-seeker costs, AusAID has released (pdf, p. 102 onward) its updated 2012-13 budget estimates. The reallocation represents an effective cut of 7.3 per cent to other elements of the aid budget. Savings had to be harvested from all global, regional and country programs. Below is our preliminary analysis, looking […] Continue reading

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‘Informality’ in the World Development Report 2013: implications for Papua New Guinea

An enthusiasm for informal economic activity is sometimes dismissed as ‘promoting underdevelopment’. So facile a dismissal of this very important issue is rebutted by a careful reading of the latest edition of the World Development Report (WDR) which takes ‘Jobs’ as its subject. WDR 2013 adopts a broad definition of ‘jobs’, pointing out that ‘almost half of all workers in developing countries are engaged in small-scale farming or self-employment, jobs […] Continue reading

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Pacific Buzz (Jan. 30): Fiji elections | ‘Mystery yacht’ | Poverty stagnation in PNG | Cost of NCDs | More

A fortnightly roundup of policy news in the Pacific by the Pacific Institute of Public Policy and the Development Policy Centre. POLITICS Fiji edges closer to 2014 elections amidst controversies Amidst much controversy, Fiji may still be on course for elections in 2014. At the end of last year the regime dumped the high-powered Constitutional Commission headed by internationally renowned constitutional lawyer, Professor Yash Ghai. Fiji’s President argued that the Ghai draft ‘position[ed] […] Continue reading

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