PNG Doco driving change in Highlands village

A village in the Highlands of PNG is setting the example of driving change to transform itself.

Domil in Jiwaka Province is one of four villages that took on the MDG Acceleration Project, a pilot initiative developed by the EU in 2012 and implemented by UNDP with support from the Department of National Planning and Monitoring.

The success achieved through a collective effort of the locals is highlighted in a documentary "Driving The Change", to premiere tonight.

The documentary features Bernard Gunn - director of the NGO Integral Community Health and Development in Domil.

Filmed over five days, the 30 mins film tells the story of the People of Domil who strive to improve their lives, achieving at least 12 of the 17 SDGs in the effort.

"I know that this can only be achieved by us all working together, starting from where we all come from. For me it’ Domil,” Gunn says in the documentary.

Addressing the media in a preview of the film today, Roy Trivedy - UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident representative said the film captures the positivity of Papua New Guinea.

‘This film documents what Domil has been able to achieve and the struggles in doing so, showcasing across the world what PNG communities are doing for themselves, building their own partnerships to improve their lives,” he said.

This, he says provides an example for communities about how SDGs can be achieved if the people and leaders accept the challenge.

"Driving The Change" is a media partnership between UNDP and EMTV. The documentary will be aired on EMTV at 7:30pm on February 17 and 18, and 8pm on February 19, 2017.

UNDP is also offering Government, civil society, the business community, churches and other partners the opportunity to host screenings of the documentary in their workplaces. 

Gloria Bauai