Past Events

This page provides a list of archived events we have held, including video recordings, related blogs, and (more recently) audio podcasts: Devpolicy Talks.

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PNG’s economic trajectory: The long view
PNG’s economic trajectory: The long view
12.30–1.30pm 30 July 2021
Professor Stephen Howes, Rohan Fox, Maholopa Laveil, Luke McKenzie, Dr Albert Prabhakar Gudapati and Dek Joe Sum

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The absence of good time series data makes it difficult to analyse the economic history of Papua New Guinea (PNG). This paper aims to fill this gap by providing time series for various important economic indicators since independence in 1975 or as close as possible thereafter. The data will be available online for researchers as the PNG Economic Database, which is the source for the 36 graphs in the paper. The chapter also contains some analysis to tie the data together and begin to realise their value, and includes a summary of 15 findings of particular interest.

Speakers

Professor Stephen Howes
Director, Development Policy Centre, ANU

Rohan Fox
Research Officer, Development Policy Centre, ANU

Maholopa Laveil
Lecturer, Economics Division, UPNG

Luke McKenzie
Analyst, Department of the Treasury

Dr Albert Prabhakar Gudapati
Head of Economics Division, UPNG

Dek Joe Sum
Associate Lecturer and Project Coordinator, Development Policy Centre, ANU

The ANU-UPNG seminar series is part of the partnership between the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy and the UPNG School of Business and Public Policy, supported by the PNG-Aus Partnership.

PNG contact:
Julie Sowano
E jsowano@upng.ac.pg
T +675 3267301

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2021 Pacific Update
2021 Pacific Update
9am 22 September – 5pm 24 September 2021
Various speakers

Hosted by the Australian National University’s Development Policy Centre and The University of the South Pacific’s School of Accounting, Finance and Economics, Pacific Update is the premier forum for discussion of current economic, social, political, and environmental issues in the region.

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Presentations

Day 1 – Wednesday 22 September

Welcome

Pal Ahluwalia, Vice-Chancellor, The University of the South Pacific
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Politics and regionalism

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Chair: Terence Wood, Research Fellow, Development Policy Centre, ANU

2022 PNG elections: Expectations, predictions, and concerns from participants
Michael Kabuni, Russel Kitau Jr, and Minetta Daniella Kakarere, The University of Papua New Guinea
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Fault lines for unrest in the Pacific: Youth, livelihoods and land rights in driving and mitigating conflict
Aidan Craney, La Trobe University
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Declaration on preserving maritime zones in the face of climate change-related sea-level rise
Henry Puna, Secretary General and Filimon Manoni, Deputy Secretary General, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat
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Arts Presentation from The University of the South Pacific’s Oceania Centre of Arts and Culture

Cultural industries : Contemporary art in small island nations
Lingikoni Vaka’uta, followed by a virtual exhibition
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Food security and supply chains

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Chair: Vijay Naidu, The University of the South Pacific

Understanding changing land use patterns in response to disaster on the peri-urban fringe of Port Vila
Andrew MacKenzie, The University of the South Pacific – Vanuatu Campusa
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Factors affecting food choice and food environment during COVID-19 – A cross sectional study in Samoa
Ramona Boodoosingh, National University of Samoa, Sarah Burkhart and Dana Craven, Australian Centre for Pacific Islands Research at University of the Sunshine Coast, Leslie Panapa, National University of Samoa
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COVID-19, domestic agricultural supply chain and food security: The case of Fiji
Salesh Kumar, Fiji National University and Neelesh Gounder, The University of the South Pacific
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Day 2 – Thursday 23 September

Welcome and keynote

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Stephen Howes, Director, Development Policy Centre

Building a secure, inclusive Pacific – addressing gender inequality in COVID-19 times
Fiona Hukula, Gender Specialist, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat
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Gender

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Chair: Sandra Tarte, Acting Head, School of Law and Social Sciences, The University of the South Pacific

Voters’ perceptions of women as leaders in leadership in Tonga
Ungatea Kata, Tupou Tertiary Institute, Vanessa Lolohea, Tonga National Youth Congress, and Mereani Rokotuibau, Balance of Power
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Leadership Matters: Benchmarking women’s business leadership in the Pacific
Sarah Boxall, Asian Development Bank, Pacific Private Sector Development Initiative
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Factors that instigate intimate partner violence in the National Capital District, PNG
Minetta Daniella Kakarere, The University of Papua New Guinea
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Arts Presentation from The University of the South Pacific’s Oceania Centre of Arts and Culture

Representations of artists from the islands versus Pacific artists in the diaspora
Lingikoni Vaka’uta, followed by a virtual exhibition
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Economics

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Chair: Ryan Edwards, Deputy Director and Fellow, Development Policy Centre, ANU

The private sector in a pandemic – a Vanuatu case study
Liz Pechan, International Finance Corporation
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Reducing poverty through cash transfers in the Pacific
Christopher Hoy, World Bank

Fiji economy: Challenges and path to recovery
Janesh Sami, The University of the South Pacific
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Day 3 – Friday 24 September

Welcome and keynote

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Charlotte Blundell, Acting First Assistant Secretary, Pacific Economic and Development Division, Office of the Pacific, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

COVID-19 in the Pacific: where to from here?
Meru Sheel, Senior Research Fellow, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Australian National University
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Agriculture

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Chair: Charlotte Bedford, Research Fellow, Development Policy Centre, ANU

Agri-food systems knowledge and skills exchange between Australia and the Pacific through circular migration: Experiences from Seasonal Worker Programme participants
Federico Davila, Institute for Sustainable Futures at University of Technology Sydney, Olivia Dun, The University of Melbourne, Carol Farbotko, CSIRO, Brent Jacobs, Institute for Sustainable Futures at University of Technology Sydney, and Natascha Klocker, University of Wollongong
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Impact of COVID-19 on production and trade direction of high value ‘niche’ crop products in small Island countries: A case study of Fiji
Nandakumar M. Desai, Abdul Kader, Sonny Lameta, The University of the South Pacific – Samoa Campus, Vinod Naik, Central University of Himachal Pradesh, India, Leslie T. Ubaub and Irene R. Chand, The University of the South Pacific – Samoa Campus
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Local coalitions for economic recovery and food security – experiences from Vanuatu
Ellis Silas and Jilda Shem, Vanuatu Skills Partnership
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Arts Presentation from The University of the South Pacific’s Oceania Centre of Arts and Culture

What is the inspiration of creativity in the islands and the notion of quality
Lingikoni Vaka’uta, followed by a virtual exhibition
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Health systems

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Chair: Colin Wiltshire, Research Fellow, Department of Pacific Affairs, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU

Strengthening fragile health systems: The case of Fiji
Neil Sharma, Medical Practitioner, Suva
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COVID-19 in PNG
Shane Stockil and Natalie Gray, International SOS
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Reversing the NCD trend in the Pacific: Promising results from a three-year pilot, testing behaviour science applications and ‘edutainment’ to address Pacific’s most intractable problem
Simona Achitei, DT Global, and Aya Vang, Busara Centre for Behaviour Economics
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The path to kina convertibility: study of the foreign exchange market of Papua New Guinea
12.30–1.30pm 25 June 2021
Martin Davies

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Papua New Guinea (PNG) has faced a chronic shortage of foreign exchange for the past seven years, despite a current account surplus of around 20 per cent of GDP, leading to a large backlog of Forex orders. The objective of this study is to provide an in-depth analysis of the foreign exchange market in PNG, and to recommend adjustments to policy and foreign exchange market arrangements to facilitate the return to full kina convertibility. We outline reasons for the persistent structural shortage of foreign exchange, provide a historical analysis of monetary and exchange policy in PNG over the past 20 years and provide an in-depth analysis of various options circulating in PNG policy circles. The heart of our analysis is a new theoretical model of internal and external balance incorporating key features of resource rich developing countries and an associated empirical analysis which finds that the real exchange rate is overvalued by between 20 per cent and 30 per cent. Based on this, we outline a number of policy recommendations to return the kina to full convertibility.

Speaker

Martin Davies is an Associate Professor of Economics of the Washington and Lee University, Visiting Fellow of the Development Policy Centre, Australian National University, and a Visiting Associate Professor of the University of Papua New Guinea.

The ANU-UPNG seminar series is part of the partnership between the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy and the UPNG School of Business and Public Policy, supported by the PNG-Aus Partnership.

PNG contact:
Julie Sowano
E jsowano@upng.ac.pg
T +675 3267301

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Elections and Politics in Papua New Guinea
Elections and Politics in Papua New Guinea
12.30–1.30pm 28 May 2021
Dr Terence Wood, Michael Kabuni, Maholopa Laveil, and Geejay P. Milli

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Papua New Guinea’s next election is scheduled to occur in 2022. In this presentation we provide an overview of electoral and parliamentary politics in Papua New Guinea. Our presentation cover electoral quality and trends, voter choices, women candidates, and the dynamics of parliamentary politics.

As we cover these topics, we highlight many of the problems that plague electoral politics and political governance in Papua New Guinea. Yet we also cover potential solutions such as the proposed introduction of Temporary Special Measures to ensure women’s representation. We also discuss positive aspects of electoral politics, and the possibility of constructive change in coming years.

This presentation is based on the speakers’ chapter in the forthcoming ANU-UPNG edited volume on contemporary issues in PNG.

Speakers

Dr Terence Wood is a Research Fellow at the Development Policy Centre. Terence’s research focuses on the domestic political economy of aid in donor countries, public opinion about aid, NGOs, aid effectiveness in poorly-governed states, and Melanesian electoral politics.

Michael Kabuni is a Lecturer with the Political Science Department at the University of Papua New Guinea.

Maholopa Laveil is a Lecturer in Economics at the School of Business and Public Policy at the University of Papua New Guinea.

Geejay P. Milli is a lecturer of political science at the University of Papua New Guinea. Her research interests include women in PNG politics and gender based violence/sorcery accusation related violence.

The ANU-UPNG seminar series is part of the partnership between the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy and the UPNG School of Business and Public Policy, supported by the PNG-Aus Partnership.

PNG contact:
Julie Sowano
E jsowano@upng.ac.pg
T +675 3267301

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2021 aid budget breakfast
9–10am 12 May 2021
Professor Stephen Howes

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The Development Policy Centre’s ninth (and second virtual) aid budget breakfast was held on Wednesday 12 May. Professor Stephen Howes presented the analysis from Devpol on what the aid budget means for Australia, for the region and for the development sector.

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