The Productive Partnership in Agriculture Project is Papua New Guinea’s largest agriculture program. Launched in 2010, the project aims to improve 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. Further to this, more than three million cocoa trees and more than seven million coffee trees have been replanted or rehabilitated across Papua New Guinea. And with additional funding of US$30 million, the project is expanding into the Momase region of Papua New Guinea, increasing its support to women farmers.
In Port Moresby, the Urban Youth Employment Project is providing thousands of young Papua New Guineans with life skills and short-term employment opportunities. The project has been extended to 2018 with additional funding support of US$10.8 million from the Australian government. 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 national roads. More than 50 national and provincial bridges have been rehabilitated, maintained and/or replaced and an estimated 1.3 million people (27 percent 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 drug-resistant Tuberculosis with a prevalence rate of three per cent. 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 percent 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 6500 people – nearly half of the entire population of Daru.
In the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, the Inclusive Development in Post-Conflict Bougainville project is supporting inclusive development and strengthening 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 percent of the Bougainville population.
Between 2011 and 2015, the PNG Department of Education worked with the World Bank to develop the READ PNG project: a K51.9 million (US$19.2 million) 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.
While access to education remains a key priority for the government, over 60 percent of PNG’s 8 million people live in rural areas with limited access to basic services. 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.
Last Updated: Sep 25, 2018