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In 2016, Dr Grant Walton, Dr Tony Swan and Ms Tara Davda at the Development Policy Centre, together with Ms Denise Lokinap and Mr Peter Kanaparo at UPNG and Mr Colin Wiltshire at the State Society and Governance in Melanesia Project (SSGM), conducted research into the effectiveness of public expenditure on health and education in Papua New Guinea. This research builds on the findings of the A Lost Decade? report (produced in partnership with the National Research Institute) and will continue in 2017.
The 2016 research included follow-up fieldwork in Gulf, East New Britain and Central provinces with in-depth research at the same schools, health facilities and administrative institutions visited in 2012 while conducting research for A Lost Decade?. This case study research will provide insights into:
- how to get more external support to health clinics;
- how to get more mileage from large school subsidy payments; and
- performance differences between health facilities and schools.
Through this research, the team expect to develop a more nuanced understanding of the geographical, economic, social and administrative factors that shape performance in health and education service delivery. Fieldwork and analysis in 2016 was conducted in partnership with counterparts at the University of Papua New Guinea and insights from case studies are augmented through statistical analysis of key national databases – such as the PNG national grade eight results. Research outputs from this work are pending, with preliminary findings summarised in recent blog posts to devpolicy.org.
This highly policy-relevant research will be of interest to government departments, donors, development agencies, NGOs, academics and other researchers.