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Issues of governance in Papua New Guinea: building roads and bridges

Hughes, Philip

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This paper draws on the author’s recent experiences as Environmental and Social Specialist on an ADB road upgrading and maintenance project in four provinces along the Highlands Highway, as well as reports on numerous recent and ongoing road projects in several parts of the country. The emphasis is on the Highlands region, but all the evidence indicates that the issues canvassed here apply throughout Papua New Guinea. By and large villagers, townspeople, businessmen, bureaucrats and...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorHughes, Philip
dc.date.accessioned2003-10-07
dc.date.accessioned2004-05-19T13:03:59Z
dc.date.accessioned2011-01-05T08:44:06Z
dc.date.available2004-05-19T13:03:59Z
dc.date.available2011-01-05T08:44:06Z
dc.identifier.issn1328-7854
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/40877
dc.description.abstractThis paper draws on the author’s recent experiences as Environmental and Social Specialist on an ADB road upgrading and maintenance project in four provinces along the Highlands Highway, as well as reports on numerous recent and ongoing road projects in several parts of the country. The emphasis is on the Highlands region, but all the evidence indicates that the issues canvassed here apply throughout Papua New Guinea. By and large villagers, townspeople, businessmen, bureaucrats and politicians throughout Papua New Guinea are keen to see new roads built and existing roads improved, or at least maintained properly. Despite this enthusiasm for roads, for a host of reasons broached in this paper it is becoming increasingly difficult to implement road and bridge construction and improvement works throughout the country. The issues are broadly those of governance, which, following UNDP (1997) I take to mean: ‘the exercise of political, economic and administrative authority to manage a nation’s affairs. It is the complex mechanisms, processes and institutions through which citizens and groups articulate their interests, exercise their legal rights and obligations and mediate their differences’. In the case of roads, the current situation is far from one of ‘good governance’, as the ability of the state to exercise its functions of facilitating road development fairly and effectively has been severely compromised in recent years. At the same time, and partly as a response to the ‘power vacuum’ left by the state, the citizens (in this case the traditional owners of the lands on which the roads and bridges are built) are becoming evermore forceful in asserting their rights with respect to land acquisition and compensation. The result of the burgeoning problems associated with these land acquisition and compensation issues is that road and bridge projects are suffering longer delays and increased costs.
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dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherCanberra, ACT: State, Society and Governance in Melanesia (SSGM) Program, The Australian National University
dc.relation.ispartofseriesDiscussion Paper (The Australian National University, State, Society and Governance in Melanesia (SSGM) Program): 2000/4
dc.rightsAuthor/s retain copyright
dc.rightsThe permission is archived ERMS2230096
dc.source.urihttp://dpa.bellschool.anu.edu.au/ssgm-research-communication/discussion-paper-series
dc.subjectroad upgrading
dc.subjectroad building
dc.subjectPapua New Guinea
dc.subjectroad users
dc.subjectland acquisition
dc.subjectcompensation
dc.titleIssues of governance in Papua New Guinea: building roads and bridges
dc.typeWorking/Technical Paper
local.description.refereedno
local.identifier.citationyear2000
local.identifier.eprintid2082
local.rights.ispublishedyes
dc.date.issued2000
local.type.statusPublished version
local.contributor.affiliationANU
local.contributor.affiliationState, Society and Governance in Melanesia Project, RSPAS
local.identifier.doi10.25911/5f20026e0da06
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
local.mintdoimint
CollectionsANU Dept. of Pacific Affairs (DPA) formerly State, Society and Governance in Melanesia (SSGM) Program

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