• Land of the unexpected

    James Chin     |      March 24, 2024

    Violence has escalated in Papua New Guinea over the last few months and Prime Minister James Marape’s hold on power looks tenuous.

  • Turmoil in PNG

    Michael Kabuni     |      February 22, 2024

    PNG has been riven by looting and political instability after police departed their posts due to salary deductions.

  • Prospects for PNG

    Maholopa Laveil     |      January 13, 2024

    PNG’s economy has rebounded since the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing it to host important foreign leaders, reduce the fiscal deficit and introduce exchange rate reforms, but PNG may be entering a period of political uncertainty that puts all these gains at risk.

  • Fish farming in PNG

    Yolande Hutchinson     |      October 26, 2023

    A UNSW Sydney researcher has received $2.6 million in funding to expand fish farming and its positive social impact in Papua New Guinea.

  • Covid-19’s toll on Papua New Guinea

    Hillary Mansour     |      October 14, 2021

    Covid-19 has triggered cascading impacts in PNG’s health, economic, social, civil and administrative sectors while undermining the government’s capacity to address them.

  • The COVID crisis on our doorstep

    Ian Kemish     |      March 21, 2021

    Our neighbour’s stability and prosperity are in our interests too. There can be no better example of this than the current crisis in PNG.

  • China’s debt-trap diplomacy threatens PNG

    Jeffrey Wall     |      September 10, 2020

    The rapidly deteriorating state of Papua New Guinea’s economy is increasing the danger of China applying economic pressure to extract political concessions.

  • Safeguarding Pacific sovereignty from within

    Patrick Kaiku     |      June 19, 2019

    The Australian government’s “step-up” in the Pacific looks to safeguard islands from Chinese influence, but tackling domestic crime and corruption is also vital to protect their integrity.

  • An unsettled year for PNG

    Ronald May     |      December 28, 2018

    It was a mixed year for Papua New Guinea, with natural disasters, social and political unrest and the growing power of China casting a shadow over the country and its relations with Australia.

  • In the post-APEC scramble to lavish funds on PNG, here’s what the country really needs

    Mark Moran     |      November 26, 2018

    If foreign powers really want to make a difference to PNG, one of the poorest nations in the Pacific, then funding telecommunications and solar power kits would be widely welcomed, alongside schemes to use mobile phones to transfer money.

  • Mobile money creates opportunities in PNG

    Mark Moran     |      November 13, 2018

    PNG is a place of great complexity, with a development landscape littered with failed efforts. The potential for mobile money is often expressed in terms of financial inclusion, but there is also potential to improve development and governance.

  • Resources curse PNG communities’ future

    Michael Main     |      June 17, 2018

    Two recent reports on the massive ExxonMobil-led PNG LNG project have brought renewed attention to the undesirable economic and social impacts of Papua New Guinea’s largest-ever resource extraction enterprise.