The Productive Partnership in Agriculture Project is Papua New Guinea’s largest agriculture program. Launched in 2010, the project is improving the livelihoods of smallholder cocoa and coffee producers. Since it began, more than 60,000 smallholder coffee and cocoa farmers have benefited from various activities supported under the project. Additionally, more than three million cocoa trees and more than seven million coffee trees have been replanted or rehabilitated across Papua New Guinea. With an additional funding of $30 million, the project is expanding into the Momase region of Papua New Guinea, which a strong focus on increasing support to women farmers. Following the success of the partnership model under PPAP, the government is currently preparing a $40 million new project to extend the model to also include coconut, spices and small livestock value chains to commence in early 2020.
In Port Moresby, the Urban Youth Employment Project has provided thousands of young Papua New Guineans with life skills and short-term employment opportunities. The government is currently preparing a second phase expansion of the UYEP to Lae City to commence in mid-2019. The project is jointly funded by the Australian Government (DFAT) and the Government of Papua New Guinea, with support from the Republic of Korea and the private sector. This has allowed the project to open opportunities for more than 18,000 unemployed young men and women to engage in skills training and work placement activities.
Poor road conditions mean that for many people in Papua New Guinea, travel by road can be impossible, unsafe or simply far too expensive. Without reliable access to roads, people cannot reach schools, hospitals or markets when they need to. Now in its second phase, the World Bank’s Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Project has already restored more than 800 kilometers of roads across PNG. More than 50 national and provincial bridges have been rehabilitated, maintained and/or replaced and an estimated 1.3 million people (27% of the population) have benefitted.
Drug resistant Tuberculosis (TB) is a serious and ongoing threat to public health in Papua New Guinea. Daru, a small island in Western Province, is a global hot spot for multi drug-resistant tuberculosis. The World Bank has contributed $15 million to the multi-partner Emergency Tuberculosis Project to kick TB out of PNG with improved screening, diagnosis and treatment programs. Patient treatment drop-out rates have now reduced from 30% to zero on Daru Island, one of PNG’s key hotspots for tuberculosis and multidrug resistant tuberculosis. Since first hitting the road in late 2017, the project’s mobile X-ray screening van has already screened over 6,500 people – nearly half of the entire population of Daru.
In the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, the Inclusive Development in Post-Conflict Bougainville project has supported women’s participation in development. Training has been delivered to 930 participating women, and 126 small grants have been awarded to women’s groups, including at least one project in each of Bougainville’s 43 Community Government Areas (formerly Council of Elders) spread across the 13 districts funding community-benefiting projects including markets and community health centers. It is estimated that over 51,000 people – almost half of whom are women – have benefitted from completed grant projects, representing nearly 25% of the Bougainville population.
Between 2011 and 2015, the World Bank worked with PNG’s Department of Education to deliver the PGK51.9 million (US$19.2 million) READ PNG project to improve the teaching and learning of reading skills in PNG’s elementary and primary schools. The project focused on two areas: providing more books and learning materials to classrooms, so that more children can enjoy the benefits of reading; and on helping teachers improve their teaching of reading.
Through READ PNG, many thousands of books were delivered to more than 21,000 classroom libraries across PNG, including to some of the country’s most remote schools, with more than 12,000 teachers and facilitators receiving training to improve their skills in teaching reading.
Electricity access to the 8 million people has been very low at 13%. Cost of electricity for the population is very high compared to many countries, and consumers suffer frequent power outages. Since 2013, the Bank has been helping prepare a strategy to increase electricity access and meet the government’s 70% target by 2030. The strategy for the National Electrification Roll Out Plan (NEROP) is ready to be implemented. The Bank has also supported the preparation of the 80MW Naoro Brown hydropower project which will contribute to clean and cheap source of energy which is also aligned to meet the government’s vision of a fully carbon neutral energy source by 2050. In addition, renewable energy resource mapping commercial data for potential investments for wind and solar technology for PNG is now freely available on the following links: https://globalwindatlas.info https://globalsolaratlas.info
The Bank has continued to provide support to the PNG Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) secretariat and civil society organizations to fully comply with EITI standards. The 2018 EITI validation rated PNG with “meaningful progress” outcome which was a positive indication of the tremendous collaboration of all stakeholders in the implementation of the EITI process in PNG.
Last Updated: Apr 09, 2019