Thinking and Working Politically Workshop - PNG
The latest in the, “Thinking and Working Politically in Development Assistance” workshop series, hosted by the Developmental Leadership Program, in partnership with The Asia Foundation, took place in Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea) and Canberra (Australia) in December 2011. The workshops, designed to create a deeper understanding of the concept of “thinking and working politically”, encouraged participants to explore how this approach can be translated into aid programming in Papua New Guinea.
Like earlier activities in the series, these workshops set out to provide an overview of the latest thinking and strategies for improving aid effectiveness using a political analysis approach, with a particular focus on the importance of politics and leadership.
The first two workshops, held in Port Moresby, brought together Australian and national staff from AusAID’s Papua New Guinea post, along with facilitators and presenters from DLP, The Asia Foundation, and The Australian National University. A third workshop, held in Canberra, was attended by participants from AusAID and whole of government partners including the Australian Federal Police, the Office of National Assessments, and the Australian Civil-Military Centre.
Drawing on work by DLP and The Asia Foundation, case studies were prepared, presented, and analysed in the context of Australia’s development assistance to Papua New Guinea. The case studies focused on telecommunications reform, the political economy of Papua New Guinea’s Western Province, medical supply procurement, and the District Services Improvement Program.
While diverse in their focus, each of the case studies provided working examples of how donors and other international actors have, and can, incorporate knowledge of local political processes and local actors to strengthen program design and implementation.
Further workshops are planned in Indonesia, the Pacific and East Timor in 2012.