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Assessment of Development Results - Papua New Guinea

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The evaluation examines the strategic relevance and positioning of UNDP support and its contributions to development results in Papua New Guinea from 2003 to 2011. During the period covered by the evaluation, UNDP technical support to the government strengthened institutional development and enhanced policy formulation. Although some of the areas were not key government priorities, UNDP interventions in the areas of MDG planning and monitoring, governance, HIV and AIDS, conflict prevention and recovery, energy and environment and disaster risk management responded to key national needs and priorities. It identified a number of areas in which UNDP needs to address specific challenges, which include ensuring national ownership and capacity development of all UNDP interventions, following a more systematic approach to programming and enhancing synergies among interventions.

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Development context and challenges

Papua New Guinea’s development progress since gaining independence in 1975 has been interspersed with periods of economic progress and poor performance. In the past decade, the government has made efforts to address critical development challenges. The national strategies and policies being implemented are aimed at social and economic progress at the national and sub-national levels. These include Vision 2050, Papua New Guinea Development Strategic Plan 2010–2030, and five yearly Medium-Term Development Plans (MTDPs), Medium-Term Development Strategy (MTDS). Vision 2050 maps out Papua New Guinea’s development initiatives for the next 40 years with priorities underpinning economic growth and development. The Papua New Guinea Development Strategic Plan and the MTDPs translate Vision 2050 into directions for economic policies, public policies and sector interventions with clear objectives, targets and indicators.

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