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Newsletter: PNG lost decade? | Winnie Byanyima on inequality | Sam Koim on PNG corruption

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‘Lost decade?’ report launched in Port Moresby

Yesterday, together with PNG’s National Research Institute (NRI), we released a report based on two surveys a decade apart of 360 primary schools and health clinics across PNG, from the national capital to the most remote districts.

The report, A lost decade? Service delivery and reforms in Papua New Guinea 2002-2012, shows that PNG’s primary schools have expanded rapidly over the last decade, but that fewer services are now provided by its health clinics. It argues that differences in financing, governance, workforce management and agency (church versus government) explain the differences in performance between sectors, provinces and facilities.

The report was launched by the PNG Secretary of Education, Dr Michael Tapo, and generated extensive media coverage (for example here and here).

Download the report or a summary here, or read a blog post on some of the findings. The report is a product of the joint NRI-ANU Promoting Effective Public Expenditure project.

Oxfam’s International Director to speak on inequality

Oxfam International’s Executive Director Winnie Byanyima will visit Australia next month to draw attention to rising inequality and urge G20 leaders to take action. In an event hosted by the Development Policy Centre on 12 November (12.30pm, Molonglo Theatre), Ms Byanyima will speak on the risk that extreme economic inequality poses to social stability and the strength and sustainability of economic growth itself. Ms Byanyima is a former grass-roots activist, human rights advocate, and senior international public servant.

More details and registration available here.

Sam Koim to discuss PNG corruption fight at ANU

Not one to shy away from the headlines, Sam Koim, the chairman of PNG’s Taskforce Sweep, has been an outspoken critic of the lack of action on corruption in Papua New Guinea, including Australia’s inaction on money laundering.

Taskforce Sweep was ordered to disband this …read more

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