The Provincial Performance Improvement Initiative

Publication | December 2008

Began on a pilot basis in mid-2004, the Provincial Performance Improvement Initiative focuses on strengthening the capacity of 18 provincial administrations in Papua New Guinea to better deliver effective services to the people.

The Provincial Performance Improvement Initiative (PPII) is a Papua New Guinean (PNG) Government undertaking that seeks to improve public administration at the subnational level. The case study describes how PPII has benefited from "enthusiastic leadership" and a high level of PNG ownership. The initiative has also built on a systematic diagnosis of capacity issues, with PNG stakeholders playing a central role in both the diagnosis and in the subsequent preparation of capacity development plans for participating provinces. This AusAID-funded initiative has a projected time frame of 15-20 years with a design that recognizes the need to proceed at a pace consistent with the capabilities and absorptive capacity of participating provinces and districts.


  • Foreword
  • Papua New Guinea Facts
  • Background
  • About the Case Study: Guiding Principles of Capacity Development
  • Capacity Development Results to Date
  • Summary