Promoting Human Development in Papua New Guinea


Hanuabada Village, National Capital District of Port Moresby

Mr. Wilson Gusamo, Senior MDGs and Population Officer and Ms. Christine Aisoli, Population Project Manager, along with Ms. Clara Momoi, Mr. Killian Sesega, Mr. Wesley Gumembi and Mr. Jonathan Kennett at the Department of National Planning and Monitoring (DNPM) are committed to promote Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Human Development, and Sustainable Development in Papua New Guinea.

 

Working closely with Mr. DilliBhattarai, CTA for the MDG programme from UNDP, Mr. Gusamo developed expertise on Human Development Index (HDI) and Inequality-adjusted Human Development Index (IHDI), Ms. Momoi on Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) and Ms. Aisoli on Gender Inequality Index (GII). These three officers trained over 35 officers of DNPM, 47 persons, including lecturers and professors of the University of Technology in Lae, 25 students of University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) and over 60 officers of Manus Provincial Government on HDI, IHDI, GII and MPI.

 

Mr. Wilson Gusamo says "My involvement with MDGs with the Special Intervention Projects under Policy Division at DNPM has greatly influenced my career. Although being an Applied Physics graduate, my interest expanded in my ability to calculate and understand methodologies and concepts for indices such as HDI, IHDI, GII and MPI, as well as their implications to developmental policies."

 

MDGs, Human Development and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are agendas the Government of PNG (GoPNG) is embarking on to reduce poverty in its various dimensions (lack of income, education, health, water & sanitation, political participation, etc.) and improving peoples’ lives. The GoPNG already integrated the retailored national MDG indicators in the Medium Term Development Plan (MTDP) 2011-2015 to improve its development targets. The number of retailored national MDG targets and indicators increased to 22 and 88 respectively in 2010.

 

Mr. Gusamo further said "I am privileged to work alongside Mr.Bhattarai, who has devoted his time and efforts to impart knowledge on MDGs, human development and sustainable development to us in the Department as well as in the universities and provinces of PNG to help improve development situation in the country."

Ms. Christine Aisoli  says "Having most up-to-date socio-economic data in general is important as it tells us the state of the population and the status of development in the country.  Having being involved in data collection, analysis and reporting with the National Statistical Office over a decade ago and then integrating data into the planning process particularly in the formulation of plans, strategies and policies here in DNPM brings out a holistic approach to development planning."

 

She furthe added "My contribution with the MDG and Population team here in DNPM with support from UN and a number of Consultants from the UN and Government makes value to my contribution to PNG’s development particularly in identifying and highlighting to Government the areas that need attention to improve the socio-economic indicators and quality of lives of Papua New Guineans.  This is reflected in the PNG Development Strategic Plan and MTDP. Furthermore, creating awareness through enhancing knowledge and technical and analytical skills of a number of stakeholders on Population, MDGs, Human Development and Sustainable Development has been satisfying.  Moreover, with the additional work on calculation of development indices and particularly Gender Inequality Index (GII) it brings to me a new perspective in highlighting and addressing social desires of a target group of the population and society.  With my skills and experience gained over time I am capable in continuing work with stakeholders in PNG and the Pacific Region now and in the future on these development issues."