Papua New Guinea

Why Positive Deviance could be the answer to working in complex, messy places like Papua New Guinea

Duncan Green - November 27, 2014

Final post on PNG trip, after overview and paean to roads and leadership. Field trips operate on several different mental levels. Superficially, you are seeing new communities and programmes, and learning about the country. But there is also a constant process of interpretation, where you compare what you are seeing with what you have been reading back home or seen elsewhere, and see what resonates. In PNG, …

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The Importance of Leadership and the Magic of Roads

Duncan Green - November 26, 2014

Yesterday, I described the grim state of PNG politics and administration, but the Aussies decided to send me to an outlier (in both senses) – the remote inland district of Nuku. Nuku is in the middle of a fascinating mini-transformation, and DFAT is pretty excited about it. That transformation forced me to question two of my extensive array of NGO prejudices – suspicion of political …

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Who/what explains the world’s biggest developmental under-achievement? A visit to Papua New Guinea

Duncan Green - November 25, 2014

So did you miss me? (I know, holes, heads etc) After a week on the road and away from the blog, it’s time to try and make sense of last week’s trip to Papua New Guinea (my first visit). I was there at the invitation of  the Development Leadership Program, which is funding my How Change Happens book. Population of 7 million people (or anything up …

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