Papua New Guinea (PNG) Anti-Corruption Project 2021-2024

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Project overview

The PNG Anti-Corruption Project is a major commitment by the United Nations, the European Union and the Government of Papua New Guinea to tackle corruption​. The European Union has invested EUR 5.4 million in the Project as part of the EU-PNG Partnership for Good Governance.

The Project is being implemented jointly by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

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PNG anti-corruption momentum

In 2007, PNG was the Pacific region’s first country to ratify the UNCAC. Key developments since include:

  • The National Anti-Corruption Strategy (2010 - 2030) and Plans of Action
  • United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) Implementation Review Mechanism first review completed and second review commenced
  • Legislation passed to establish the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) in 2020
  • Whistleblower Protection Act 2020
  • National Right to Information Policy 2020 – 2030
  • National Anti-Corruption Plan of Action (NACPA) 2020 – 2025

The Project will build on this momentum by strengthening the PNG Government's commitment and capacity to address corruption in line with the UNCAC and progress the Sustainable Development Goals for the benefit of all Papua New Guineans.

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Project outcomes

In collaboration with national partners, and delivered through a wide of technical assistance, such as expert support, assessments, training, mentoring, awareness raising and other activities, the Project’s primary outcomes will be:

  1. NACPA progressively implemented and monitored, including through law reform of freedom on information laws
  2. ICAC established and operational in accordance with UNCAC recommendations, standards and good practices
  3. NFACD, PFACU and OPP capacity to investigate and prosecute corruption enhanced
  4. Network of community stakeholders in support of anti-corruption efforts mobilized

National partners

National project partners include ICAC, National Fraud and Anti-Corruption Directorate in the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary (NFACD), Provincial Fraud and Anti-Corruption Units (PFACU), Office of the Public Prosecution (OPP), Department of Justice and Attorney-General, Department of the Prime Minister & National Executive Council, Financial Analysis and Supervision Unit, Ombudsman Commission, Public Service Commission, Department of Provincial and Local Government Affairs, Transparency International PNG and other civil society organisations, PNG Media Association, Business Against Corruption Alliance, PNG Chamber of Commerce.

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For latest information about the PNG Anti-Corruption Project please see the PNG ROSEAP website and the UNDP PNG Anti-Corruption Project website.

contact person

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Graeme Gunn
Anti-Corruption Adviser
Twitter: @Graeme_Gunn21