Restructuring decentralisation in Papua New Guinea

  • Kave Eka

    Student thesis: Other thesis - CDU


    This paper attempts to provide an overview of the process and trend of decentralisation in Papua New Guinea with the hope that by reflecting on certain of the key components of both the previous and the reformed systems, some preliminary inferences could be drawn in respect of the question of whether the latter system will work or not. In that connection the following aspects will form the framework of discussions: 

    1. Background/Introduction

    2. Literature Review

    3. Basic Features of the Post-independence Provincial Government System

    4. Basic Features of the Post-1995 Provincial Government System

    5. The OLPG versus OLOPGLLG: Opponents and Proponents

    PNG is a unitary state with some decentralising features. There was general agreement among national parliamentarians that the decentralisation process between 1977 and 1995 had not yielded benefits to the vast majority of the people who lived in rural areas. A number of reasons were put forward for this failure. Two of these were the lack of cooperation between the national and provincial government and the lack of flow of resources from the provincial centres to the local level. Lack of administrative capacity was another reason, but it was seen to apply unevenly between the provinces. The formulas under which the grants were made to the provinces were seen to be complex
    Date of Award1997
    Original languageEnglish

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