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Friday, 20 July


Three Nobel Prizes in economics the truth about aid Devpolicy Blog from the Development Policy Centre

Development twitter erupted in chirping last week. The cause was a Guardian op-ed from a group of development notables decrying foreign aid. Prominent aid commentator Duncan Green tweeted that the piece was a must read. Greens tweet alone was re-tweeted nearly 100 times.

Aid, especially government aid, needs criticism. Ive spent the last eight years highlighting problems with New Zealand aid. But criticism is more useful if it is cogent and accurate. This op-ed was anything but.

To be fair to the authors, the first error presumably isnt their fault. The Guardian describes them as, Fifteen leading economists, including three Nobel winners. At least one of the fifteen economists Jason Hickel is actually an anthropologist. Oh well.

The authors add their own errors quick enough. Their first paragraph:

Global poverty remains intractable: more than 4 billion people live on less than the equivalent of $5 (3.80) a day, and the number of people going hungry has been rising. Important gains have been made in some areas, but many of the objectives set by the millennium development goals [sic] to be reached by 2015 remain unfulfilled. And this despite hundreds of billions of dollars of aid.

Global poverty is not intractable. The share of the globes population living in extreme poverty is falling. This is true if you use the standard global poverty lines, or the authors preferred $5 a day line. (For a good discussion see here. You can play round with the numbers yourself here). As for hunger, the absolute number and percentage of undernourished people rose globally between 2015 and 2016 (the most recent available data; see page 5 here), but this is in the wake of steep declines over the previous decade.

And while not all of the Millennium Development Goals were met, in most areas trends were in the right direction.

Meanwhile, hundreds of billions of dollars of aid, sounds like a lot of money, but its not, when put in perspective. In 2017, government aid from OECD DAC donors summed to 0.31% of donors combined Gross National Income (GNI) (data here.) A trivial effort.

And in 2016 (the most recent year with data), government aid was 0.42% of the combined GNI of aid re...




Authorities in PNG and  Enga and the Apostolic Churches of PNG should look closely at ROBIN ISAAC, who is the founder of Kanamanda Community Fellowship in Pogera, Enga Province.

By now it is very clear that the organisation he runs and heavily promoted on Social Media promotes sexual acts between adults and teenagers, underage marriage, polygamy between adult men and teenage girls, he also heavily promotes Homosexuality and perverts the Apostolic Churches of Papua New Guinea.

He promotes himself as the Father of Faith and the seed of God's earthly Human Kingdom, he teaches that Abraham has more than one wife. God purposeful called him holy and his leadership legacy remains for all to come.  Standing on this teaching he promotes sex between his followers.

From his followers he choose 12 girls from the surrounding villages to be his wives. Almost all his followers are illiterates and by following his fake teaching of him being the seed of Abraham on this planet now, he continues to mislead the people who follow him.  "I have 12 young girls.They requested me because they trusted my leadership so I accepted their requests"

This is not the first cult following someone in PNG started, we all know of what happened to Steven Tari, the Black jesus of Madang.

The Kanamanda Community Fellowship is a cargo cult church and needs to be raided and shut down, it promotes Homosexuality, underage marriage and sex, cargo cult teaching and perverts Biblical teachings.
Tari's cult, which is estimated to have numbered as many as 6,000, became notorious for its alleged use of "flower girls" who served as concubines for Tari. The girls dress in scant clothing. The Lutheran Church, very prominent in Papua New Guinea, declared Tari an "enemy of the church".[4]...


Robbery of the 21st Century PNGBLOGS

Some commentators think that this problem can be solved by me moving to the opposition. But my problem is, opposition is made up of people who signed this particular deal in 2008 & 2009.

Through this government, am pushing hard to secure the 4.27% fr
ee carry. It was initially agreed for a price of K3b. No responsible government will ever charge landowners K3b for the very resources they owned.

Kokopo UBSA and respective LBBSAs were signed without complying to Section 47 of OGAS or the requirement of full scale social mapping and landowner identification studies. This blunder has prevented us from releasing the royalty and equity funds. So far, Clan Vetting process completed from Portion 152/Plant Site, Pipeline, Angore to be completed this month, Juha in progress, and this year they'll complete Hides PDL1 & PDL7. Meanwhile, more than K600m in royalty and equity funds held on trust by MRDC & BPNG. I'm also pushing for the missing K1.2b with the project operator.

Certain provisions to the Oil and Gas Act need to be amended as proposed at Governor's Conference in Madang. Government suppor...


Fortnightly links: destination Europe, social media lynch mobs, a country of contradictions, and more Devpolicy Blog from the Development Policy Centre

On the ABC Dr Serene J Khadar questions whether womens economic empowerment leads to empowerment in a broader sense.

Rebecca Peters became one of the worlds foremost gun-control experts after the Port Arthur massacre. Now, shes in Guatemala, devoting her life to the victims of gun crime.

Destination Europe: frustration, desperation, homecoming, evacuation is a multi-part special report by IRIN News on the choices and challenges for refugees, as the EU sets new policies and makes deals with African nations to deter the hundreds of thousands of migrants seeking new lives on the continent.

Shashi Tharoor writes about Indias problem with social media lynch mobs for Project Syndicate.

A country of contradictions, a nation of extremes; ABCs PNG correspondent Eric Tlozek reflects on his three years in Port Moresby.

This film for National Geographics Short Film Showcase...

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Thursday, 19 July


Integrating formal and informal institutions: towards a healthy community in Bougainville Devpolicy Blog from the Development Policy Centre

The case of the Bougainville Healthy Communities Program (BHCP) stands as a testament of how an organisation can work effectively in PNG in delivering critical services. BHCP started as an off-shoot of the successful implementation of the leprosy elimination program in Bougainville funded by the New Zealand government in 2001. Following the success of the leprosy program, a new project proposal was submitted to New Zealand Aid to promote health awareness. In 2006 the program was rolled out in three of the 13 districts in Bougainville, with a small group of staff that included the program manager and three district facilitators.

An evaluation of the BHCP was commissioned by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 2012. The evaluation found that the BHCP is an excellent example of a well-planned and well-executed public health and community development model implemented within the enormous constraints and challenges of a post-conflict setting. In the July 2016 half-yearly summary report, various indicators reflect its effectiveness in promoting health awareness and educating people in basic health care. Figure 1 shows the increase in referrals since 2014, particularly in TB, malaria and number of births, and that an area that the program needs to focus on is sanitation.

Figure 1: Outcomes of the BHCP

*Proportion (in percent) against total suspects made by Village Health Volunteers; **proportion (in percent) of babies born; ***proportion (in percent) of families

Source: ABG DOH, 2016

At a time when PNG, and particularly Bougainville, faces multiple political and socio-economic challenges, the success of BHCP gives some hope. To understand the reasons behind its success, I conducted research into the program, including interviews with key people involved with the BHCP. Findings of the research highlighted some key factors attributing to BHCPs success: generous and sustained donor support; good leaders; a committed group of people working towards a common goal; and, unique to BHCP, the integration of formal and info...

Wednesday, 23 May


Edith Babul: A Plantation That Started With Ten Indian Guava Seeds "IndyWatch Feed"

By Scott Waide | #Inspirational #Papua New Guineans

Twenty years ago, Edith Babuls, young son, collected the seeds of a rather exotic Indian Guava fruit he found smashed on a road.

It was, at the time, a seemingly tiny deed done by a child for his mum. But over two decades, those seeds became a plantation of Indian guava trees whose fruits are now sold in Lae City.

He found the seeds and said, mum likes this fruit and he brought back about 100 seeds, said Edith Babul. From those seeds, 10 survived and those are among the trees we have now.

While Edith loved Indian guava, she didnt know the cultivation methods that would work efficiently.

At first it was all trial and error. I didnt know and I planted the seeds. It took a while.

In 2000, Edith harvested the first fruits from the initial 10 trees she had planted. She sold over 100 fruits and made K300.

Because I was still working, I told my husband and children that the demand for this fruit was good and that we had to carefully manage the trees.

It wasnt all easy. Some of the trees died and fruits were left to rot or succumbed to pest and disease.

As we walked through the guava plantation, Edith spots a large fruit. She pulls down the branch and picks a fruit which is bigger than her hand. Its fruits like this that have made her quite popular within agriculture circles.

Try it, she says, as we cut open the huge fruit. The guava is soft, delicious and far less acidic than smaller local varieties. Guava cultivation has become an art for Edith Babul.

She gives a lecture on insect management as we walk through the grove.

Never cut all the grass. When insect populations pick up in in June and July, you have to give them something to eat. Let them start with the grass first. If you remove all the grass, they will eat your fruits and leaves.


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