Civil Society Briefs: Papua New Guinea
Asian Development Bank | June 2017
Civil society in PNG today includes a range of church-run and secular organizations, as well as a variety of local and indigenous organizations. There are also many branches of international NGOs, such as Save the Children and Transparency International. CSOs are more vocal in urban than in rural areas. While broader coalitions and allegiances appear to be emerging, clan-based politics still dominate, focusing attention on local needs, and thereby inhibiting the development of a unified civil society voice.20 Like the churches, civil society as a whole in PNG is not homogenous. CSOs are active in a variety of areas, among them: community development, youth issues, gender equality, human rights, good governance and transparency, environmental protection, education and capacity building, health, family welfare and domestic violence, food security, and poverty alleviation. Law and advocacy-oriented CSOs are few, and most civil society groups are male-dominated. Apart from the churches, very few CSOs are large-scale. Many are localized and monolingual.
CitationAsian Development Bank. 2017. Civil Society Briefs: Papua New Guinea. © Asian Development Bank. http://hdl.handle.net/11540/7764. License: CC BY 3.0 IGO.
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