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Bolstering Governance in Papua New Guinea


  • Inefficient governance is an obstacle to Papua New Guinea’s growth.
  • The Governance Facility project helped improve the country’s governance.
  • A report is expected in 2020.
The Challenge

Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade believes that economic growth is vital for development, but other conditions are necessary, too. Papua New Guinea has experienced significant growth thanks to high prices for minerals and agriculture products and a boom in natural gas exploration, production, and export. But insufficient governance remains an obstacle. The government have more to do to fix law and order problems, corruption, and a poor transport, power and communications infrastructure.

The Approach

Abt is helping to implement the Papua New Guinea (PNG) Governance Facility, which includes interventions to:

  • Increase efficiency in service delivery to lower management costs of implementation.
  • Coordinate different governance programs in PNG.
  • Develop a broad and rigorous body of evidence about what works, what doesn’t and why.
  • Increase flexibility to scale up success, scale down failure, and respond to new evidence and opportunities
The Results

The four-year project will end in April 2020.  Learn more here.

Australia & Asia Pacific