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Lunch money and so on has been around forever being a signature feature in pretty well all developing economies. I would be interested in the focus of your thesis, for example, are there ways to manage corruption at the retail transactional level or are we going to stay with the old AusAid gold standard of impossibility forever?
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Dear Gordon, thanks for the article and so lovely to see the words about James.
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Congratulations Kelly and Professor Stephen Howes for a comprehensive study on the 2022 budget
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Honest Professionals always give a true picture of the subject of discussion, in this case the 2022 PNG Budget. Interpretation or understanding of the subject (2022 PNG Budget) would be influenced by any Political Affiliation, I would think. That is why this article is interesting. I am not an Economist, so have no idea regarding the issue. From this article, I would conclude that as always, the theory behind the PNG 2022 Budget is good, however, we have to wait for the implementation. Great article!
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Thank you so much, Barry, and via some googling of you, loved rummaging through your blog site just now. You have a lovely turn of phrase.
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For those readers who want to know more about the media sector in the Pacific region, you may be interested to know that there will be a webinar held soon that will focus on the issue of media freedom. The webinar will be on December 13th 2021 at 11am Canberra time. The lead author of this blog post will be one of the panel members during the panel discussion. Other panel members will include experienced Pacific journalists. More information is available at this link: https://dpa.bellschool.anu.edu.au/news-events/events/8230/state-pacific-2021-media-freedom-pacific-covid-19-era-update Amanda
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Sorcery Accusation Related Violence (SARV is a major problem facing individual members of the Community in PNG. The Accusation usually involves immediate family member, people in power and standing in the community- Religious Leaders, Educated persons, and Community leaders. We should take certain steps to addressee SARV cases at the first stage of SARV which is the 'Accusation Stage'.
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Great piece Gordon and although we remain forever hopeful that the age of better ODA - enlightenment will descend upon us its seems as if the default response amidst COVID is 'more of the same' - sadly.
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Thanks so much, Robert. Me too! I found the book a real tonic after my experience in the salt mines. But are the guards up for it? I hope so – certainly the ghastly, defensive and passive-aggressive one I dealt with most recently would not be but I hope that's the exception rather than the rule! Best wishes Gordon
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Thank you Ricky. These are very important points. This blog is based on a Discussion Paper available on line here: https://devpolicy.org/publications/dp98-forceful-evictions-of-informal-settlements-from-state-land-in-pngs-ncd-2021/ As you note, these issues and the growth of both informal and formal Port Moresby are ongoing. It is a complex issue with no easy solutions. As suggested in the discussion paper, it seems that there is a need for legislative reforms and clearer policies that protect the human rights of people who are impacted by or under threat of evictions. The roles and responsibilities of different state actors also needs to be clearly outlined. Hopefully, PNG leaders will include these issues in various policy arena.
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