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Papua New Guinea: Improving Planning, Prioritisation, and Delivery of Sustainable Infrastructure

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Economic and Social Infrastructure Program (ESIP)

2018 - 2022
Client: DFAT
Implemented by: DT Global Asia-Pacific

Papua New Guinea faces challenges in providing quality infrastructure that meets the needs of its growing population and allows it to fulfil its growth potential.


To address these challenges, the Economic and Social Infrastructure Program (ESIP) is working with partners in Papua New Guinea to support improved planning, prioritisation, delivery, and sustainability of economic and social infrastructure. Priority infrastructure sub-sectors for the Program include energy (on-grid and off-grid electrification); telecommunications (including internet services), water and sanitation, and other priority social infrastructure. ESIP is also supporting DFAT and international partners to advance Papua New Guinea’s state-owned enterprise reform agenda, which is improving the operational performance and financial sustainability of state-owned enterprises and helping them deliver better services.

Key program outcomes for ESIP are:

  • An increased number of capital projects being effectively planned, managed, and implemented by relevant Government of PNG agencies.
  • Focal sectors have evidence based prioritized infrastructure plans and processes for their implementation and review.
  • A legislative and administrative reform agenda exists to improve policies, regulatory structures, and planning for infrastructure investment.

Program goals include:

  • Stabilization, intensification, and extension to energy grids as well as support towards cleaner and more reliable electricity services to communities not connected to major grids.
  • Establishment and management of off-grid energy grant program, Pawarim Komuniti.
  • Support to the Department of Information, Communication and Technology to advance Papua New Guinea’s digital government agenda, enhance cyber security, and draft Government Digital Transformation Bill.
  • Transformation of government owned enterprises responsible for critical services including energy, water, telecommunications, ports, and aviation.
  • Social Infrastructure activities such as redevelopment of Kimbe Market, redevelopment of Daru General Hospital, redevelopment of Lae Main Market, and construction of a new, level-3 urban health clinic in Hanuabada, Port Moresby.

Environment & Infrastructure

Resilient Cities
Natural Resource Management
Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH)