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Submitted by Owen on
Speaking as a Papua New Guinean and also coming from that region, in my opinion the bottleneck has been (and albeit will continue to be) corruption in the National Government as well as at the provincial level, where aid monies coming from countries like Australia continues to be "diverted" to "other essential projects" and which are usually politicized to further support political parties in power. This is one reason, I believe, that Australia has tried to tie its aid to specific projects which is a good thing because reports then have to be created to account for how Australian tax payers money has been spent in these projects. At the local level, many other PNGeans believe that Australian aid does not really benefit us because we don't get to say how and where to spend that aid. It's almost like a little child who doesn't know what's good for him!