PNG Project News, 31 March 2017
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Are you ever confused by PNG's budget numbers? This might help

By using the information contained in our recently released PNG budget database any member of the public can investigate over 25 years of budget information. The database compiles information all the way back from 1989 to now, and will be updated twice yearly.

Learn more by reading the blog by Stephen Howes and Rohan Fox which discusses some of the ways the database can be used, and download the database by visiting this page. The graph below, constructed using the database, shows the type of analysis possible.
          Revenue and expenditure per capita, 1989 to 2016
Elections are getting ever closer, what does history say?

In similar fashion to the budget database, any member of the public can now search PNG's electoral history with the launch of the PNG Election Database. The database holds information for every constituency about candidate numbers, vote shares, gender ratios and much more, all the way back to PNG's independence. The database has additional functionality and accessibility with the construction of a specialized data explorer. There are also other features including an electorate map and a detailed report on electoral trends. Author Terence Wood discusses the database and more of its uses in this blog.

The election database was launched concurrently with the UPNG Master of Economic and Public Policy program on 16 March in the Main Lecture Theatre at UPNG. Australian High Commissioner Bruce Davis, who spoke at the launch, told the audience that strong and effective policy always has its foundations in a good evidence-base and congratulated Dr Wood and the ANU-UPNG partnership for contributing to this resource for PNG - read his full speech here.

Do Australian doctors in PNG actually make a difference?

Liz Mackinlay, CEO of Australian Doctors International (ADI), presents the outcomes of the health patrols and in-service training programs that ADI has been running in New Ireland since 2011. The blog follows from her presentation at the 2017 Australasian Aid Conference, you can view her presentation here and listen to an audio recording of the session here. The ADI evaluation will be further discussed at the Australian Aid Evaluation Forum on April 10. Register here.

Ending TB in PNG? Start with the health workers

Leila Stennet and Joyce Sauk discuss the fight to end TB from the perspective of health care workers, who are at high risk of contracting TB themselves. Focussing on the PNG health system, they outline how to improve the systems that protect the health of those on the front lines of the fight against TB.

Pacific conversations: what is NICTA?

Amanda Watson chats with NICTA, the National Information and Communications Technology Authority of PNG, as part of their 'Pacific Conversations' series. Their discussion ranges from the internet and cybercrime to competition and regulation in the television and mobile communication sectors. Read the blog here.

The law on marriage, marriage breakdown, and family violence
Whether it is the law on bride price, family violence or social justice, it is all covered in Owen Jessep and John Luluaki's 1994 book Principles of Family Law in Papua New Guinea. Michelle Rooney provides a reflective and encompassing review of this seminal book. 
Australian High Commissioner Bruce Davis speaks at the launch of the UPNG Master of Economic and Public Policy program.


Submissions of abstracts for the 2017 PNG Update, to be held on 10 - 11 August 2017 are currently open, and will close on 28 April 2017.

Ms Rosie Batty, Australian of the Year 2015, will give a public lecture to staff and students at Unitech in Lae on 25 April 2017, and the University of Papua New Guinea on the afternoon of 27 April 2017. UPNG, Unitech and ANU are coordinating for this event with Femili PNG, who are hosting Ms Batty’s visit to PNG. Learn more about Rosie's visit to PNG here.

Those interested in Liz Mackinlay's blog on remote health patrols in New Ireland will be interested in the next Australian Aid Evaluation forum on 10 April, where she will speak and answer questions about her findings. The forum is jointly organised by the Development Policy Centre and the Office of Development Effectiveness (ODE). Register here.

PNG Film nights @ANU and UPNG: Devpolicy, in partnership with the PNG Canberra Students Association and the ANU’s Pacific Institute, will commence fortnightly film nights on Thursday 6 April ANU with the screening of ‘First Contact’ (1983) at 5.15 at the Weston Theatre, Crawford School. This film series will parallel the ‘PNG Inspired’ film screenings at the University of Papua New Guinea which will commence in April 2017 with the start of first semester 2017.

In the media 

Terence Wood discussed the launch of the election database, Marcel Schroder discussed the overvaluation of the Kina and Stephen Howes discussed the launch of the budget database and PNG's fiscal pressures on Pacific Beat radio.

The launch of UPNG's Master of Economic and Public Policy program was covered by Loop PNG and One PNG, and the launch of the PNG election results database was covered by The NationalLoop PNG, PNG Today, and the Post Courier newspaper.

People news

It is with great sadness that we learnt of the sudden death of Rosemary Vinarang-Stanley. Rosemary was undertaking her Master of Public Administration at the Crawford School and was in the second year of her degree. She was a high achiever and was a role model for many. She was very well loved by family and friends alike. She is survived by her husband, Richard, and four children. 

PNG on - recent posts

Budgetary data in PNG: taking the long view by Rohan Fox and Stephen Howes

Principles of family law in Papua New Guinea: a reflective review by Michelle Nayahamui Rooney
Supporting health service delivery in New Ireland: an evaluation of ADI health patrols by Liz Mackinlay

The Papua New Guinea election results database by Terence Wood

Telecommunication and broadcasting regulation in Papua New Guinea - in conversation with the regulator by Amanda Watson, Hans Adeg, Kila Aluvula and Gibson Tito

The fight against TB begins with protecting health care workers by Leila Stennett and Joyce Stauk
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