Posted on March 21, 2016

Australia has a record of supporting women and young girls in PNG towards wanting to become a good citizen.

One of the Women Leaders in PNG thanked the Government of Australia for giving a huge support to the women and young girls to strengthen them and their families.

This support is under the Incentive Fund program, which Australia started through the Australian High Commission in Port Moresby to assist women’s groups in running small businesses and also other similar services.

Susil Nelson, Board Member for Incentive Fund and also President of Business and Professional Women’s Association in PNG mentioned this when discussion of Phase 4 of this program.

Australia has a record of supporting women and young girls in PNG to be good citizens and to assist with the development in the country.

Susil Nelson advocates against violence against women in PNG, and told Radio Australia that Australia would really like to assist the women of PNG to look after themselves and their families in the areas of small business for cash income.

Click here to listen to the original interview on the Radio Australia website.

Translation of Tok pisin Interview with Carolyn Tiriman of Radio Australia

Susil Nelson: Incentive Fund (IF) is a program where organizations can apply to get money, grant funding to assist with their projects.

IF in PNG started 15 years ago and is into its 4th phase of the IF. This program will go for another 3 to 4 years.
This is trade aid of Australian money or Government money used to do projects through IF - an agreement between Department of PNG through National Planning Department and Australian High Commission, DFAT to bring about this IF program.

Over 15 years there have been plenty of projects, around 60 and valued at K348 million funded in the past and have operated projects in16 provinces out of 21 provinces in PNG. There have been plenty of projects, like redevelopment, renovation of educational facilities, from primary to university, health Clinics, clinics upgraded to hospital level, markets, bridges, and other research facilities. They have assisted with plenty of projects in PNG.

Carolyn Tiriman: Can people/individuals apply for this or only groups under education and health can apply and ask for assistance?

SN: For this assistance it’s only groups. One requirement for this project is that companies/organizations who apply must have audited financials that’s why groups and companies who are assisting in developing PNG can apply.

CT: Australia, not long ago, made some small changes to IF where they have said it must give more assistance to women and young girls.

SN: Yes, now in the Phase 4 of IF currently, the program is looking at 80% of women and girls must be empowered in within the projects. What this means, the projects that organizations or companies are applying for in this phase 4 is the first time they not only looking at governments or NGOs, but private companies as well, who are working towards this area and there are plenty of companies working towards developing PNG. So this year 80% of the funding of projects must have at least some recognition for women.

CT: So IF, where Australia is helping PNG, do you think it is good?

SN: Yes, I think it is good because plenty of the things like renovating markets is really helping us to develop our country and for the women, plenty of the projects are benefiting our people, especially the women.

SN: Now in this IF Phase 4, it is emphasised that all projects must have some recognition of women, and men and women with disability must be considered when putting their projects forward that’s why I think this IF program is good for us to develop PNG.

CT: You have put in a lot of work to empower women. What makes you want to do this?

SN: For me, because I have been given the chance to go to school and get a good education but a lot of other women and girls do not have that chance. This is the main reason why I help other women. I am lucky to be educated and I don’t want this education to go to waste but to empower them (women) to grow.