Challenging ‘integrated conservation and development’ in Papua New Guinea: The Bismarck Ramu Group (2005)

This paper examines Bismarck Ramu Group’s distinct model of community development. After looking at a brief history of the group, its internal workings and its modified approach to conservation, the paper tries to identify possible lessons for other groups. Four broad lessons are suggested: the self-reliant model, indigenous community empowerment, the challenge to ‘desocialised’ conservation and certain elements of the group’s process. Continue reading “Challenging ‘integrated conservation and development’ in Papua New Guinea: The Bismarck Ramu Group (2005)”

A grand deceit: The World Bank’s claims of good governance in Papua New Guinea (2003)

The World Bank has attempted to deceive the people of Papua New Guinea, by representing itself as dedicated to ‘good governance’. It is in fact a representative of large, private corporate interests, which are seeking market access and profitable opportunities. A collection of nice-sounding principles obscures this simple fact. Continue reading “A grand deceit: The World Bank’s claims of good governance in Papua New Guinea (2003)”