Papua New Guinea: Employment-Oriented Skills Development Project

Date: December 2012
Type: Evaluation Reports
Education; Evaluation; Social development and protection
Series: Validations of Project Completion Reports
Project Number: 29637-013


The labor market of Papua New Guinea was characterized by a small formal sector comprising about 10%–18% of the employed labor force and a large informal sector. About 80%–85% of the total population fall under the informal sector and were engaged primarily in subsistence agriculture. Over 50,000 out-of-school youth with no employable skills join the labor force each year. Only a minority would find formal wage employment.

The expected impact of the project was improvement in income-earning and generating employment opportunities for the unemployed and underemployed population in the rural and urban areas, with a special emphasis on women and the youth.

This study validates the completion report’s assessment of the project, which aimed to increase the availability of short-term, quality, competency-based, relevant employment-oriented skills training, and greater possibilities for application of acquired skills in wage and self-employment. IED overall assessment: Less than successful.


  • Project Basic Data
  • Project Description
  • Evaluation of Performance and Ratings
  • Other Performance Assessments
  • Overall Assessment, Lessons, and Recommendations
  • Other Considerations and Follow-up