The Australian Government’s contracted commitment to Pacific Women in Papua New Guinea until 2022 is over $88 million.
Country Plans are the mechanism through which Pacific Women outcomes and activities are planned and agreed between DFAT and counterpart governments, following extensive national consultations. They provide detail on what will be funded and how these funding decisions are made.
The Papua New Guinea Second Country Plan 2014–2019 reflects the Government of Papua New Guinea’s and Government of Australia’s shared commitment to advancing gender equality, particularly in supporting Papua New Guinea to implement the national gender policy and related gender equality commitments.
An independent mid-term review of the Second Country Plan in August 2017 found evidence of achievements. There are significant advancements made in the policy and legal framework include the passing of the National Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-Based Violence 2016–2025 and Family Protection Act regulations.
There is a separate Bougainville Gender Investment Plan 2014–2019, agreed between the Government of Australia, the Government of Papua New Guinea and the Autonomous Bougainville Government in 2015. Through this plan, Australia committed $14 million, of which $4 million would be through Pacific Women. The Bougainville Gender Investment Plan prioritises strengthening women’s leadership, improving women’s economic opportunities and reducing family and sexual violence and assisting survivors of violence.
The Second Country Plan also recognises the important contribution that the Australian High Commission in Port Moresby makes to gender equality through mainstreaming gender outcomes in the aid program as well as through political, diplomatic, economic and corporate activities.
Reports on progress towards both the Second Country Plan and the Bougainville Gender Investment Plan are provided annually (since 2016). The performance of Pacific Women in Bougainville is included within the Papua New Guinea Annual Performance Report as well as in a separate report on the progress against the Bougainville Gender Investment Plan.
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- Date Published: January 14, 2019