by Theckla Gunga – EM TV, Port Moresby
A report targeting human development in Papua New Guinea has been released 16 years after the first one in 1996.
The report is jointly produced by the United Nations Development Program, the national government and other development partners.
The report aims to translate economic gains in PNG such as revenues from mining and logging sectors into practical sustainable outcomes.
Key points identified in this report reveal that:
- Over 25 per cent of children in PNG are not attending schools,
- There is still a high rate of violence against women and girls and
- Two out of three women fall victim to gender-based violence.
The report, titled From Wealth to Wellbeing: Translating Resource Revenue into Sustainable Human Development was launched and presented to the government yesterday through National Planning and Monitoring Minister, Charles Abel.
While the nation is facing an economic boom, the report will focus on key choices and decisions that leaders need to make in the short and medium term to ensure that human development outcomes are maximised.
This involves access to basic government services like education and health. Abel said such reports are important for the government to use so development can reach people at the district levels.
He said although things are at their infant stages, his department will be looking at producing such reports every five years. Following this launch, UNDP plans to launch the report in the four regions of Papua New Guinea.