Papua New Guinea: Development Effectiveness Brief

Publication | May 2016

ADB has scaled up its assistance to Papua New Guinea (PNG) for power infrastructure, with an emphasis on clean energy solutions, in line with the government’s prioritization of power sector development. 

ADB assistance in PNG has focused mainly on rehabilitating and maintaining transport infrastructure to improve connectivity to markets and social services, particularly in rural areas. In parallel with its scaled up assistance for power infrastructure, ADB is expanding microfinance outreach and providing basic health services to remote rural populations. ADB also supports private sector development by facilitating reforms to create a more enterprise-friendly environment.

Cumulative ADB assistance to PNG rose sharply from $1.27 billion in 2009 to $2.13 billion in 2015, making ADB the country’s largest multilateral development partner. The active portfolio expanded from $350 million in 2010 to $1.04 billion at the end of 2015.

ADB and Papua New Guinea

ADB has been PNG’s stable and trusted development partner since 1971. Over the 45 years of engagement, ADB has devoted substantial financial resources and technical expertise to improving the welfare of Papua New Guineans. The partnership has rehabilitated transport infrastructure and improved aviation safety, expanded microfinance outreach and removed other barriers to jobs and business creation, and provided basic health services to remote rural populations.


  • Papua New Guinea and ADB: A Growing Partnership
  • ADB's Contribution to Development and Poverty Reduction
  • Operational Effectiveness: Improving Efficiency and Performance
  • Future Challenges
  • Appendix

Additional Details

  • ADB administration and governance
  • Managing for Development Results (MfDR)
  • ADB funds and products
  • Public sector (Sovereign) financing
  • Papua New Guinea
  • 32
  • 8.5 x 11
  • ARM168042-2

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