In almost 50 years of independence, Papua New Guinea has developed its own form of democracy and political settlements. This is characterised by the often-uneasy coexistence of micro-social and political identities. The Building Community Engagement Program (BCEP) aims to widen the basis of participation in the policy arena and strengthen community and citizen engagement. Through achieving this, the program will contribute to nation and state-building.
The program works with a diverse portfolio of Papua New Guinea implementing partners from across government, civil society, and church groups to deliver five distinct, but inter-related components:
BCEP applies an adaptive management approach to implementation. This means that, rather than defining a prescriptive, four-year blueprint toward outcomes, as has been done on past programs, BCEP will seek to ‘chart an evolving course’ through a) structured processes for the iterative design of potential pathways and strategies, and b) mechanisms for ongoing monitoring, feedback, and learning to inform management decision-making on how to improve effectiveness.
Since commencing in March 2022, the program has: