Transparency International PNG (TIPNG)

Free Media Crucial To Accountability

TIPNG Board Chair, Peter Aitsi, in his address at the Media Freedom Day Breakfast said, “In democratic countries, often the media becomes a tool for accountability, to keep other institutions such as legislature, executive and judiciary in check.”

He said in countries such as Papua New Guinea where governance is weak or lacking, the work of an independent and effective media becomes even more crucial.

Anti-Corruption Help Desk Awareness

The help desk is a community service that provides free and confidential legal advice to witnesses and victims of corruption.

TIPNG’s deputy director – communications, Yvonne Ngutlick, outlined that the Anti-Corruption Help Desk has three functions; it provides free legal advice and assistance on corruption complaints, it advocates on the different types of corruption issues and works with institutions to strengthen their capacities to process complaints.

TIPNG Concludes Lae Awareness

The team visited a couple of schools in Lae, with their primary focus on equipping first-time voters with the right information.

Transparency International PNG’s project called ‘Building Elections through Partnership’ has seen them work closely with the PNG Electoral Commission and other key partners to deliver voter education awareness prior to the 2022 National General Elections.

Project lead, Alice Areori, said they have been conducting civic awareness on the elections since 2021, starting in East New Britain Province.

Department of National Planning Recognised

The award is part of Transparency International PNG’s 25th anniversary awards where the leading anti-corruption civil society organization acknowledge the support of individuals and partners in the fight against corruption in the country.

TIPNG’s Deputy Director-Partnerships and Policy, Yuambari Haihuie said the National Parliament and Department of National Planning were recognized under the category “key partners” for the awards.

PNG improves in CPI report

Though PNG had scored 31 out of 100 points and a ranking of 124 out of 180 countries, it was revealed that we had a 4 point increase from last year.

CPI is a composite index that consists of surveys and assessments on corruption gathered from credible sources. The CPI scores and ranks countries/territories based on how corrupt their public service is using a scale from 0 to 100. The scale uses zero (0) being perceived as the highest level of corruption and 100 being little to no corruption.

Legal Trainees Complete TIPNG Placement

The three trainees spent two weeks with TIPNG, learning key skills including client management, case management, document control, legal briefs and clerical skills.

“The LTI is a key partner with TIPNG as they share our vision to ensure legal professionals in Papua New Guinea are informed and empowered to take action against corruption. This was the first instance of trainees from LTI doing their work placement with TIPNG under a recently signed partnership agreement.

Interns Strengthen Anti-Corruption Efforts

Through the Legal Internship Partnership, TIPNG is able to offer 3rd and 4th Year UPNG Law School students the opportunity to gain valuable work experience as part of its mission to empower people in PNG to take action against corruption.

Leadership Training For ARoB Youth

This follows a five-day training program facilitated by Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) and supported through the Papua New Guinea-Australia Partnership.

The Active Civic Engagement (ACE) program is one of TIPNG’s flagship youth engagement programs designed to foster positive leadership and community values among young people in PNG. 

The program reintroduced participants to the devastating impacts of corruption at the community level and the effectiveness of positive leadership, unity and consultation in addressing corruption.

TIPNG Conducts Election Awareness In ESP

The exercise was targeted at increasing citizens’ understanding of elections and awareness on their rights to vote. 

With the 2022 National General Elections approaching, it is important that voters are ensuring that they are enlisted to vote. The awareness in Wewak targeted first-time voters and the broader voting population. 

TIPNG Concerned Over Delay In EC’s Appointment

Moreover, ensure that this appointment is formalized in accordance with the Organic Law on National and Local Level Government Elections Sections 5 and 7.

While Prime Minister, Jame Marape has restated his position during the Parliament sitting on Wednesday, 17th of November that the elections will proceed as planned.