Guide to Giving
MEDIA, JOBS & RESOURCES FOR THE COMMON GOOD
NEWS  | 

Australian Aid Agencies in PNG On Alert


Thursday, 15th December 2011 at 12:02 pm
Staff Reporter
Australian aid agencies working in Papua New Guinea are on high alert as the country’s political turmoil drags on.

Thursday, 15th December 2011
at 12:02 pm
Staff Reporter


0 Comments


FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

 Print
Australian Aid Agencies in PNG On Alert
Thursday, 15th December 2011 at 12:02 pm

Australian aid agencies working in Papua New Guinea are on high alert as the country’s political turmoil drags on.

Child Fund Australia, a Not for Profit organisation that works directly with community leaders and families in PNG supporting children’s welfare, says its staff in Port Morsby are on high alert and are ready to suspend their work if there is any trouble on the streets.

ChildFund Australia CEO, Nigel Spence says while no programs have been suspended so far, non essential travel to to the outer villages where they work has been suspended.

Spence says there are 20 staff, all PNG nationals, working in their head office. ChildFund Australia has been working in PNG for 15 years in remote areas of the central and gulf regions in the areas of health, education, water and child protection.

“Our staff are somewhat confused and a little bemused at the political goings on but are trying to remain focused on their work”, he said.

“At the first sign of any street violence or disturbances in the villages we will shutting up shop and sending our people home.

The political stalemate has seen neither Prime Minister elect Peter O'Neill or Sir Michael Somare prepared to back down and concede that the other is in charge.

MPs loyal to O'Neill are occupying parliament and have authorised an appeal against the five-man Supreme Court decision that reinstated Sir Michael.

The turmoil has created much anxiety and confusion among the general population.

Aid agency Oxfam says it is keeping an eye on the political situation but it has so far not affected their work in the region.

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has issued a travel warning urging a ‘high degree of caution for all Australians in PNG. 



Guide to Giving

FEATURED SUPPLIERS


NGO Recruitment is Australia’s not-for-profit sector recru...

NGO Recruitment

Yes we’re lawyers, but we do a lot more....

Moores

Brennan IT helps not-for-profit (NFP) organisations drive gr...

Brennan IT

Helping the helpers fund their mission…...

FrontStream Pty Ltd (FrontStream AsiaPacific)

More Suppliers

Get more stories like this

FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

Susan Pascoe Appointed Head of Newly Formed Community Directors Council

Luke Michael

Friday, 22nd September 2017 at 5:21 pm

Recruitment Expert Says NFPs Need Thorough Process to Hire Honest Candidates

Luke Michael

Friday, 22nd September 2017 at 4:50 pm

Thinkers Look to Melbourne to Grow SA Purpose Economy

Wendy Williams

Thursday, 21st September 2017 at 4:44 pm

Mental Health Groups Call for Same-Sex Marriage to Prevent Suicide

Luke Michael

Thursday, 21st September 2017 at 4:24 pm

POPULAR

Moves to Stop Volunteering at Overseas Orphanages

Luke Michael

Wednesday, 13th September 2017 at 1:54 pm

Future Uncertain for Disability Organisations Following Funding Cuts

Wendy Williams

Tuesday, 19th September 2017 at 8:29 am

Majority of NFPs Are Not Believed to be Well-Run, According to New Survey

Luke Michael

Tuesday, 12th September 2017 at 4:14 pm

More Australians Are Giving Time Not Money

Wendy Williams

Monday, 11th September 2017 at 5:07 pm

Write a Reply or Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Guide to Giving
pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook

The social sector's most essential news coverage. Delivered free to your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

You have Successfully Subscribed!