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AHP NGOs operating in PNG are Plan International Australia, World Vision Australia, CARE Australia and Caritas Australia/CAN DO. Activities are being implemented with communities and local government in the Eastern Highlands, Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Western Highlands, Central, Madang and Oro provinces, as well as nationally.

PNG program overview

At the community level, Disaster READY focuses on inclusive community-based disaster risk management to ensure that women, people with disabilities and children are involved at all levels. Activities include supporting schools to manage hazards by building awareness of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, strengthening existing child and youth psychosocial support services and supporting community leaders to develop and test school disaster preparedness plans. Local early warning systems are being established, inclusive disaster management training and planning implemented, and church assets mapped for use as evacuations centres.

Disaster READY in PNG aims to strengthen sub-national and national coordination and communication mechanisms and approaches to inclusive humanitarian action. This includes strengthening disaster preparedness and response capabilities in the Eastern Highlands Provincial Government and the Autonomous Bougainville Government through the development of provincial disaster management plans, gender training and simulations.

Photo caption: World Vision’s Papua New Guinea Education project, funded by the Australian government, focuses on investing in quality education, through early childhood care and development from ages two-seven and education improvement for older students ©World Vision Australia.

Photo caption: World Vision’s Papua New Guinea Education project, funded by the Australian government, focuses on investing in quality education, through early childhood care and development from ages two-seven and education improvement for older students ©World Vision Australia.

Disaster risk in PNG 

PNG is prone to a range of natural disasters including earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, cyclones, river flooding, coastal erosion, landslides, droughts and frost. With a mountainous, rugged terrain straddling the Ring of Fire, PNG ranks in the top six countries for the highest percentage of population exposed to earthquake hazards. PNG also has the highest percentage of population exposed to severe volcanic risk. PNG’s culturally diverse population of almost eight million are routinely exposed to landslides, heavy rains and storms that impact on livelihoods and damage road infrastructure. The 2017 World Risk Index ranked PNG as the 10th most at-risk country in the world. 

Implementing partners

In PNG Disaster READY is implemented by Australian NGOs and their local partners:

  • Plan International Australia (ChildFund) is partnering with the National Agriculture Research Institute; Department of Agriculture and Livelihood; Plan International Bougainville; Pacific Disaster Centre,

  • World Vision Australia is partnering with the Department of Education; UNICEF; PNG Red Cross – Madang Chapter; Madang Provincial Disaster Office; private sector (e.g. Coca Cola PNG, DIGICEL),

  • CARE Australia is partnering with the Eastern Highlands Provincial Administration (and Provincial Disaster Centre); Eastern Highlands Provincial Division of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries; Mt Sion Centre for the Blind and Disabled; ABG Directorate for Disasters and Emergencies, and

  • Caritas Australia/CAN DO is partnering with Anglicare, Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), Baptist Union, Caritas Australia, Evangelical Lutheran Church, Salvation Army and United Church.