The World Bank Group in Papua New Guinea, 2008-23

Country Program Evaluation

This evaluation assesses the relevance and effectiveness of the World Bank Group’s support to Papua New Guinea during Fiscal Years 2008-23.

Sara village, Papua New Guinea - July 2015: Native people stand near their house on beautiful sunny day and look to photocamera at Sara village in Papua New Guinea. Photo: Michal Knitl/ShutterStock

Papua New Guinea has abundant resources in the form of oil and mineral wealth. But a complex set of factors, including systemic gender inequality, underinvestment in non-extractive sectors, and fragility compounded by vulnerability to disasters caused by natural hazards. act as barriers to sustainable and inclusive growth of the country.

This Country Program Evaluation (CPE) report assesses the relevance and effectiveness of World Bank Group support to Papua New Guinea between fiscal year FY08 and FY23.  It assesses the Bank Group’s development effectiveness in addressing the above three core themes, namely: (i) lack of investment in Papua New Guinea’s non-extractive sectors and their poor performance, (ii) the economic exclusion of women and gender-based violence (GBV) issues associated with it, and (iii) unmitigated risks of disaster from natural hazards, and violence, and conflict .
The report answers three specific questions. The first explores the extent to which the Bank Group adapted its engagement in line with key constraints, including in relation to  development partners, changes in country context, and lessons from experience. The second focuses on the results of Bank Group support and explanatory factors for results under each theme, answered by applying a gender lens where relevant.  The third question explores the extent to which the Bank Group successfully identified and addressed conflict, violence, and disaster from natural hazards risks.

The report offers four key lessons to inform the World Bank Group’s future engagement with the country.