Papua New Guinea: Provincial Towns Water Supply and Sanitation Project

Date: December 2012
Type: Evaluation Reports
Evaluation; Water
Series: Validations of Project Completion Reports
Project Number: 31467-013


The prevailing environment conditions in the provincial towns of Papua New Guinea caused significant adverse impacts on people’s health, quality of life, and their human and economic development. Improving basic urban services, particularly water supply and sanitation, was directly linked to better public health and overall social indicators. Large sections of urban society, especially the poor, suffered from inadequate urban services and unsanitary conditions. Water supply covered about 43% of the total urban population in PNG, and sewerage systems only about 20%. Communities in the project towns acknowledged water as their number one priority, with the lack of water during the dry season a very serious and universal problem. Sanitation was generally inadequate and existing sewerage systems mostly served the developed sections of towns. The urban poor often resorted to informal and ad hoc methods of disposing human waste, directly contributing to the high incidence of intestinal diseases (diarrhea and dysentery), which had become endemic in most towns. Many communities on the urban fringes had no sanitation facilities.

This report validates the completion report’s assessment of the project which aims to increase coverage and quality in delivering basic water supply and sanitation services and improve management and coordination of water supply and sanitation by building capacity of the Water Board in Papua New Guinea. 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