Papua New Guinea Settlement Upgrading Programme



Approval Date
Proposal Focus
Core Focus
Secondary Cities
Country Type
Papua New Guinea


The proposed project is a direct response to the challenges and needs of the urban sector in Papua New Guinea, including supporting the soon to be released final National Urbanization Policy.  Rapid urbanisation has resulted in rapidly expanding informal under-served and increasingly vulnerable settlements to house the urban poor, lacking even the most basic of urban services, with insecure tenure, overcrowding, far from (and lacking) employment opportunities, experiencing increasing crime and disorder. These problems have been exacerbated by insufficient resources and human capacities within (i) central government, (ii) local level government and (iii) service providers to respond to this rapid urban growth. As a result, five priority underlying crosscutting problems have emerged with important ramifications for improved systems of urban governance, which are increasingly seen as potentially serious threats to national growth and development. These are emphasized in the current Medium Term Development Strategy 2005-10 (MTDS) for PNG.
The overall objective of this proposal is to support the preparation of Community-based Settlements Upgrading Action Plans (CSUAPs) for Taurama Valley and June Valley in Port Moresby’s National Capital District (NCD), and Faniufa in Goroka City, and connect them to citywide primary and secondary infrastructure through the preparation of City Infrastructural Investment Programmes (CIIPs) for NCD and Goroka City, which will also support pre-feasibility studies for priority investment projects identified in prior UN-Habitat support to the cities through OoU.
Component 1: Project Start-up Component 2: Community-based Settlement Upgrading Action Plan (CSUAP) Component 3 – Adapt the NCDC City profiling methodology to support Port Moresby NCD to better address Climate Change Impacts Component 4 – City Infrastructure Investment Programme Component 5 – Capacity-Building and Institutional Strengthening Component 6 – Knowledge Sharing, Policy Learning and Toolkit Development Component 7: Monitoring and Evaluation Framework
Expected Impacts and Results
In the short term, the immediate outcome of this Cw/oS proposal will be prioritized settlement upgrading proposals in Taurama Valley, June Valley (NCD) and Faniufa (Goroka). These will be supported by infrastructural investments which will improve the living conditions of the urban poor facing hardship. In the process the Cw/oS approach will build the capacity of communities, supporting NGOs, city and national governments to undertake strategic planning and to support a higher flow of investment to targeted areas. In the longer term, implementation of the Cw/oS approach is expected to generate increased economic activity whereby the benefits will flow to neighbouring communities and districts.