Colin Barlow and Ria Gondowarsito have spent most of the last thirty years fighting rural poverty in Eastern Indonesia. Their work is featured in our latest Aid Profile, authored by Stephen Howes, who argues that their story is not only inspirational, but has much to teach us about aid and development.
PNG women in leadership
Professor Betty Lovai, Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at UPNG, gave a hard-hitting keynote speech at the PNG Update titled “Women in leadership”, drawing on her own experience to argue that cultural mindsets are the main constraint holding women back from leadership positions in PNG. You can listen to the podcast or read her blog or full speech [pdf].
Other presentations from the 3-4 November 2016 PNG Update, which was held in Port Moresby, are now also available for download, including the inaugural address [pdf] by the Australian High Commissioner to PNG, Bruce Davis. You can also see media coverage of the event here.
The PNG budget was brought down on 1 November, and was a major topic of conversation at the Update. You can read Stephen Howes’ analysis of cuts to core services. Lae’s Angau Hospital, the country’s second largest, sees a reduction in real funding of almost half between 2014 and 2017. You can also view Stephen Howes and Rohan Fox’s fiscal retrospective on PNG’s resource boom presented at the Update (Session 1a).
Economic diversification and tax reform in PNG
Sir Nagora Bogan, Chancellor of Papua New Guinea’s University of Technology (Unitech), will speak about the independent review he led into PNG’s tax system at 12.30pm on Thursday 8 December. Details and registration here.
Labour mobility news
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Economic diversification and tax reform in Papua New Guinea
12.30-1.30pm, Thursday 8 December, Barton Theatre, Crawford School, ANU. Register here.
2017 Australasian Aid Conference
15–16 February, Crawford School, ANU. Event details here
On the blog
PNG women in leadership by Betty Lovai
Seasonal Worker Program grows by 50 per cent by Stephen Howes and Henry Sherrell
The future of the world’s biggest NGO: an interview with Muhammad Musa by Camilla Burkot
Imagining the Other: a reflective review by Michelle Nayahamui Rooney
Putting ‘thinking and working politically’ into practice – with a gender and Pacific twist by Lisa Denney and Rebecca McLaren
Angua Hospital, and PNG’s 2017 budget by Stephen Howes
Kiribati’s National Labour Migration Policy: a climate change adaptation strategy? by Carmen Voigt-Graf
Why do public sector reforms fail? by Lhawang Ugyel
Challenging gender inequality: in conversation with UN Women Asia and the Pacific by Anna-Karin Jatfors and Melissa Alvarado
This is the fortnightly newsletter of the Development Policy Centre at Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University, published every second Friday.