This is a good read for understanding the model of development that Papua New Guinea has adapted and the pros and cons of what we are dancing to today. This enlightens the forge of struggle tangled by a growing system of class and the thrive for profit making breathing life to corruption at all "elite" levels.
Source: Kevin J. Barr
Development and Modernisation
Craig Harris , a village garden in Papua
Source: Craig Harris
Large scale mine and oil production has "sparked civil strife, caused massive environmental damage, arguably distorted the economy, and brought about a range of negative impacts on communities" (PNG Mine Watch)
Violence erupts at Porgera mine. Photo: Jethro
Source: Global Post
Are these Investments really helping the bulk of Papua New Guinea let alone the Melanesian people ? How much tangible rural development can be seen ? Is the infrastructure really reaching our rural population, roads, bridges, schools, health centres? People struggle to bring their coffee beans, their kaukau bags and their vegetables to sell in towns and yet our MSG members argue for better connectivity with a MSG Travel Card. Who is this investment for ? Which Economy is growing?
Picture: In India, the state forcibly acquires land from farmers and hands it over to private speculators, real estate corporations, mining companies and leisure industries [EPA]
Source: Al Jazeera
Picture: PANG Coordinator Maureen Penjueli
Often described as “an island of gold floating on a sea of oil”, Papua New Guinea (PNG) is one o
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