PNG Project at the ANU’s Development Policy Centre

24 March 2017   |   Analysis   |   By Rohan Fox

Rohan Fox from DevPolicy introduces their new PNG Project, an overarching framework for PNG-related research at the Development Policy Centre which builds on ANU’s long-term engagement with PNG.

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    The PNG Project provides an overarching framework for PNG-related research at the Development Policy Centre and builds on ANU’s long-term engagement with PNG. The project encompasses research related to PNG, events hosted in PNG and Australia, and collaborations with the University of Papua New Guinea and other PNG-based research and teaching institutions. Through our research, events and partnerships we aim to engage and inform Australians, Papua New Guineans and other interested individuals and institutions with issues of economic and public policy significance that relate to PNG. We also seek to promote people-to-people links that build respect and understanding between the peoples of Australia, PNG and the wider region.


    Key partnerships under the PNG Project are with the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) and the National Research Institute (NRI). The ANU has five academics teaching and researching in economics and public policy at UPNG, supported by the Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct of the Australian Aid Program. Staff exchanges for research, seminars, workshops and high-level coordination between ANU and UPNG are an important feature of the partnership. The ANU-UPNG partnership also features a scholarship program and will begin a Summer school program for undergraduate UPNG students at ANU in 2018.


    We pursue a range of research topics on PNG, including macroeconomic and fiscal analysis, infrastructure, health and education, corruption and governance, labour markets and migration, public policy and public administration, urbanization, and gender-based violence. Research findings are available in various publications, including Devpolicy discussion papers and through the Devpolicy blog (just click the “Articles by theme” tab and choose PNG to find all the blogs on PNG).


    Since 2014 ANU’s Development Policy Centre has co-hosted the annual PNG Update with UPNG’s School of Business and Public Policy, the premier forum for the discussion of research and analysis relating to contemporary economic and public policy issues in PNG. The 2017 PNG Update will be held on 10-11 August, and the call for papers will close 28 April 2017. The Update is free to attend for any member of the general public.

    The project also coordinates public presentations by high-profile Papua New Guinean dignitaries and public servants in Canberra. Last year some examples included Sir Julius Chan launching his memoir, Sir Nagora Bogan speaking on economic diversification and tax reform in PNG and Secretary John Kali speaking on the Department of Personnel Management in PNG.


    The PNG Project puts out a newsletter every four weeks which highlights the PNG-related research, blogs and PNG-related events coordinated by the Development Policy Centre. If you are interested in learning more about this work, you may sign up here.