Creation of District Development Authorities in PNG: experiences and challenges

Creation of District Development Authorities in PNG: experiences and challenges

In August, Andrea attended the PNG Update conference at the University of Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby.
The presentation on the Creation of District Development Authorities: experiences and challenges presented by Lhawang Ugyel, Lawrence Sause, Emmanuel Gorea and Albert Ayius from the School of Business and Public Policy, University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) is available online.

District Development Authorities (DDA) were instigated in Papua New Guinea two and a half years ago. The researchers looked at the performance of DDAs in East New Britain and how they are working in terms of strengthening service delivery at district and ward levels. They considered the dynamics of power relations among different actors in the way the DDAs are set up and the relationship between principals (designer and creator of tasks) and agents (the person who carries out the task and is accountable to the principal).

The challenges for DDAs include differing goals between politicians and bureaucrats, having multiple principles, and conflicting roles such as politicians being both principals and agents.

The researchers found it would be challenging to make changes to DDAs as politicians won’t agree to them, particularly as politicians currently enjoy substantial powers within the existing framework.

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