Innovation Digest for Papua New Guinea

Impact stories, useful information, country data and more

Solar Powered Billboards Empowering Voters in Rural PNG

The Government of Papua New Guinea is using solar-powered billboards to bring voting information to its citizens in rural Bougainville, where 70 per cent of people do not have access to electricity. These billboards showcase videos and key messages to equip the residents with the knowledge they need to make an informed decision and fully exercise their voting rights in the lead up to the 2019 referendum to decide on the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG)’s independence.

New Monitoring Tool Improves Public Expenditure Accountability Across PNG

Timely reporting on public expenditure across PNG has improved by 41% within the last three months, since PNG’s Department of Finance introduced a new monitoring and evaluation tool. Before the introduction, only 9 districts out 89 submitted reports on time, now the number increased to 37 districts. The system is an information database that captures financial reports coming from the provinces and districts and produces real-time status updates.

Improving Services to Rural Communities with Mobile Phones

RapidPro, an innovative open source information platform, is being rolled out in Papua New Guinea to better communicate and collect data from some of the most rural and disconnected communities. A mobile phone based system, the programme collects data in real time to aim to improve service delivery and better connect the most rural communities.