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. This report aims to help explain the World Bank’s model of ‘good governance’ in Papua New Guinea, and to interpret the role of the World Bank and its ally the Asian Development Bank in some environmentally sensitive industries.
Report prepared for the Australian Conservation Foundation and the Centre for Environmental Law and Community Rights, August 2003