The role of the church shaping public policy in Papua New Guinea contentThe role of the church in public debate and policy development will be discussed this week as part of the Tanim Graun, or ‘turn the earth’ panel sessions. The sessions are run by the Economic and Public Sector Program, managed by Coffey on behalf of the Australian Government.

The week’s panel will be attended by the PNG Minister for National Planning and Monitoring, as well as church and community representatives.

Churches in PNG play a major role in community service delivery, providing 47% of health and 50% of education services available across the country. There are also church-based organisations running two of the six universities. Some church representatives also advocate on behalf of their communities on local issues ranging from conflict resolution to public policy debate on national issues.

The Tanim Graun will cover topics including:

  • what is the formal role of churches in national and provincial policy debate
  • could the churches have more say in public policy, given their role in service delivery
  • is the government providing an opportunity for churches to be involved in policy formation
  • the role of the churches in strengthening governance