Through Pacific Women, the Australian Government invested $7.8 million under Papua New Guinea’s first Country Plan (2012-2014) and will invest an additional $58 million through its second Country Plan (2014-2019) on initiatives supporting women’s empowerment in PNG.
The first Country Plan included 11 activities valued at approximately $18 million, funded through a combination of regional and bilateral funds. Several of the activities are ongoing and continued under the second country plan. This funding is additional to existing gender equality programs funded through other elements of the Australian/Papua New Guinea government bilateral aid program.
The first Country Plan was developed following a design mission that was carried out in December 2012 and the second in August 2014. Meetings were held with the Government of PNG, development partners, non-government organisations, civil society organisations and Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade staff. During the second country plan design, consultations were also held outside of Port Moresby, in Daru and Kiunga in Western Province and Goroka, Eastern Province.
Another mission travelled to Bougainville to develop a separate gender investment plan for the Autonomous Region of Bougainville. Through Pacific Women, $4 million will be spent between 2014 – 2019 in addition to $10 million through other bilateral programs in support of the Bougainville Gender Investment Plan.
Tight timeframes meant the design team was unable to travel beyond Port Moresby during the first Country Plan design mission. In light of these constraints and the iterative approach to design chosen by the broader Pacific Women program, the first country plan summary should be seen as an action plan rather than a design in recognition that further consultative work needed to take place.
Activities funded in the first and second Country Plan will:
- Improve women’s leadership and decision-making opportunities, including at local government level
- Increase economic opportunities for women
- Strengthen the national response to violence against women and provide expanded support services
- Enhance knowledge and evidence to inform policy and practice.
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- Date Published: April 24, 2017