4 May 2009

PNG call to alter Australian aid delivery

1:02 pm on 4 May 2009

Calls are being made for changes in the way AusAid money is spent in Papua New Guinea after the Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd recently said money has been misspent in the past.

In a joint news conference in Canberra with the PNG Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare last week, Mr Rudd also said too much money had been consumed by consultants.

The director of the Institute of National Affairs in Port Moresby, Paul Barker, says PNG should not rely so heavily on Australian consultants and says PNG has enough skilled workers to do the job.

"We need to try and streamline the processes as much as possible to use Papua New Guinean systems of government, reduce the need for the level of technical assitance and try to ensure we are concentrating on building up domestic capacity so that in the long run these programmes can be managed sustainably through systems within Papua New Guinea."

Paul Barker says money could also be saved through reducing the number of consultants and different aid donors sharing the same ones.