UNICEF supports data collection

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Through the use of mobile phone-based data collection and advocacy initiatives, UNICEF is supporting government departments in Papua New Guinea to collect and communicate vital data via RapidPro to inform policy decisions.

RapidPro is UNICEF’s mobile phone based system for real-time data collection for improved monitoring of service delivery. It is a communication engine to power connections among decision makers, frontline workers and government partners.

UNCEF is driving efforts with government, NGOs and the private sector to identify and scale up technological, scientific and programmatic innovations that can contribute to high benefits for marginalized children.

Using RapidPro, government departments are collecting a broad range of real time data from school enrolment numbers to inform about district level funding and cases of juvenile justice.

Outgoing UNICEF country representative to Papua New Guinea Baba Danbappa said, “UNIFEF’s quality data was needed for successful implementation of projects and programmes in the country.”

“UNICEF has also introduced to DIRD two modern systems and technologies, the Rapid Pro mobile SMS technology to be used as a pre-monitoring tool for collecting sectoral data from districts and Devinfo programme for generating district information.” He said.

UNICEF is supporting the Department of Implementation and Rural Development (DIRD) to strengthen data collection, monitoring and service delivery at the district and provincial level. Once at scale, the initiative will reach 1,162 government administrators. By enabling DIRD to collect real-time data, RapidPro will help increase the responsiveness of Government to the needs of district level authorities and ensure greater accountability for spending. Data collection is ongoing in seven districts, and will be scaled up to other districts in May and June of 2016. Data collected through the system will be linked to the DevInfo data management system and will help inform policy development.

To ensure sustainability, officers from DIRD and stakeholder government agencies were trained on the use of Devinfo and Rapid pro mobile short message services (SMS) systems for the purpose of continuation of district information management systems projects. Mr. Danbabba said, “This training would equip the officers on what sort of information is required for collection and how they would go about to get those data needed for the service delivery in a district or province.”

Free online training on how to use RAPID PRO mobile SMS system Click here…

Mangrove replanting in SI and PNG


WWF with support from the Australian Government’s overseas aid program managed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has been working with communities and local government in Manus Province and Madang Lagoon in Papua New Guinea and in Gizo (capital of Western Province in Solomon Islands) to plant and rehabilitate mangroves. By doing so we will be conserving biodiversity, enhancing climate change resilience and disaster risk reduction in these coastal communities, with the aim to improve livelihoods of these coastal communities. WWF Programmes

I caught up with Turamunij Merrick on Facebook and discovered that Mangrove nursery was erected over the weekend by the local villagers at Ulingan, Madang, Papua New Guinea and some planting have already taken place at the bay inlet. Picture courtesy of  Turamunj Merrick Facebook .


How to Turn an Old Android Device into a Security Camera

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One of the best uses for an old Android device is to turn it into a security webcam that can be accessed over the internet. But most of the time, this is a rather difficult process, because existing apps usually require you to mess around with network settings and configure a personal web server.

Thankfully, a new app from Perch Technologies has finally taken all of the hassle out of setting up a home monitor. It lets you turn your old phone or tablet into a live-streaming webcam, complete with cloud DVR features and motion detection, and I’ll show you how to set it up.  Read more…

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Fiber Optic Hack


You would think Fiber optic systems were the solution to optimum data security since the replacement of hard wire. However, it is possible that intruders can tap into a fiber optic system without detection. Some loop holes were identified by Kimberlie Witcher at the University Mary Washington in a submission titled “FIBER OPTICS AND ITS SECURITY VULNERABILITIES”  It may not be a completely simple task, but with the right equipment,knowledge and access, it could probably be achieved by a mid-level hacker. Data security will always be a problem. Intruders not only have a variety of reasons for stealing or manipulating data, but also a variety of methods to obtain the data. Constant and up to date awareness and knowledge of the current risks and solutions is essential to ensure that all data is as secure as technically and financially possible.


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While we dream of owning our home outright, it’s the mortgage that’s become the biggest burden.

For most low to middle class Papua New Guineans like myself; the huge cost of living, low wages, difficulties of accessibility to goods and services and struggling to make ends meet day in and day out with little room for leisure, is the biggest burden and home ownership through legitimate processes, is of little value compared to food and security that would be more of a priority then home ownership.

In Australia, according to a research by Australian Superannuation MLC, the perception of a comfortable lifestyle had shifted significantly upwards in recent decades, the Australia today reported. MLC’s research shows that the new Australian dream is paying off the mortgage with almost 80% of Australians placing outright home ownership as their most important priority.

The perception that urbanized Papua New Guineans have is that if you live in the city/town your social grade is higher than one coming from a village in the rural area. In fact this is totally bogus and untrue considering the regular cost of electricity, water, rent and communication put up with in the city/town. Most urban dwellers live on the outskirts in cramped housing, illegal settlements and compounds usually infested with criminal elements is in my opinion a social downgrade.

Someone living in a permanent building as opposed to someone living in a “bush material” house or house made from bio-degradable material would be of higher standing within the Low to middle class people of Papua New Guinea. More Papua New Guineans in the rural areas are flocking into the urban outskirts to find jobs and opportunity to improve lifestyle and living standards but end up consorting to the norm of living in settlements on the outskirts of the city/town. Some fortunate enough to have friends, relatives or tribal clansman “Wantok” living in suitable housing within the city/town over time become a liability and a burden to the home owners.

However, I hope that this article will somehow change the mind set of the dilemma that urbanized Papua New Guineans who live in the city/town mostly the percentage occupying settlements on state land have of a perceived lifestyle that is better than living in the village.

With a demonstrated change in mindset and an adjustment to the conventional low to middle class standards of housing and lifestyle, the average Papua New Guinean in the village whether employed or unemployed can live their dream. One of the most positive methods I have witnessed is getting involved in Groups, Associations, Cooperate Societies and do business in Agriculture & Livestock. Now we have Micro-banks like Mibank and National Development Bank that have credit schemes designed to address the lack of access to credit by small enterprises in Papua New Guinea to start up and develop business and money making. It just takes hard work and commitment and this would be the stepping stone. Having and demonstrating a mindset of an island resort home or home in a eco-tourism environment, an ecofriendly lifestyle and off grid living with all the modern conveniences of solar electricity and water purification methods in place, you’re on your way to a healthy lifestyle and this in my opinion is home ownership without mortgage.

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*Wantok Literally translated from Pidgin wantok means “one talk”, but in reality like most pidgin words it’s definition encompasses a wide scope. Wantok is a term used to denote anyone who is from your family or anyone who is a close, or sometimes not so close, friend.

Brian Kramer gives a comparison of the IPIC Loan VS UBS Loan

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As an employee of a Mining Company in PNG I too am feeling the ripple effect of this UBS loan.

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By Brian Kramer

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There has been many misreporting and misconception on the IPIC deal and recent UBS Loan so for the benefit of the readers I have provided a simple explanation to hopefully better help people understand the issues

International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) deal was not a loan. In March 2009 we sold our 17.6.% equity (shares) in Oil Search to IPIC to raise $1.7b to fund our equity (19.6%) in the PNG LNG Project.

At the time Oil Search shares were only worth just short of $5 per share and the total shares were not worth anywhere near the $1.7b we needed. So we sold them under a special share sale agreement on its projected future value in 5 years time (2014) once the construction on LNG Project was complete which was projected to be $8.55 per share.

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