New Zealand is supporting Papua New Guinea to achieve sustainable and more inclusive economic development so it can reduce poverty and become a more secure and prosperous nation.


Total aid to Papua New Guinea is made up of programme funding for activities specific to Papua New Guinea, as well as other funding which can include scholarships, regional initiatives, activities supported through the Partnerships Fund, and humanitarian response.

Shared vision

New Zealand and Papua New Guinea will discuss and agree on a new Joint Commitment for Development. This will set out the shared vision of our two governments, the priority areas we will focus on, each countries' responsibilities, and the funding New Zealand will provide from 2019.

What we're supporting

We're working closely with the Papua New Guinea Government and local agencies on several aid activities.

Priority Activities and outcomes


Expand access to affordable, reliable and clean energy

We're improving access to electricity from clean and renewable sources to enable sustainable economic and social development. We’re investing in energy generation and distribution in rural PNG by extending the grids and piloting renewable sources of generation and standalone mini-grid distribution. Collectively, these energy projects will provide electricity to 10,600 rural households and approximately 53,000 people.


Increase economic and food security benefits from agriculture


We're working to increase returns, incomes, and employment from fresh produce. We’re engaging with local private-sector to improve fresh produce supply chains, and with local authorities to upgrade fresh produce markets, including the Saraga and Gordons Markets in Port Moresby.

Law and justice

Strengthen law and justice systems

We've been improving community safety by strengthening policing through the Bougainville Community Policing Programme implemented by New Zealand Police. New Zealand is also providing training to the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary in the lead up to Papua New Guinea's hosting of APEC 2018. In addition, New Zealand provides technical assistance to the Papua New Guinea and Bougainville electoral commissions to strengthen capacity to conduct elections. 

Economic governance 

Strengthen economic governance

We have been working to improve government service delivery and increasing economic opportunities. Through the Governance and Implementation Project, jointly funded with Australia, we are supporting the Autonomous Bougainville Government to build capacity to govern, plan, and deliver effective services, and promote sustainable economic development. We are supporting Papua New Guinea's hosting of APEC 2018 through the Foreign service Training Programme, police training, as well as a range of assistance outside the aid programme.

Find out more about our aid activities by country.

Evaluation and research reports

Bougainville Community Policing Programme


Figures showing Total Aid for Papua New Guinea from 2018-2021