The programs achieved success with results such as listeners being twice as likely to seek support relating to family violence than non-listeners.
Papua New Guinea is an island in the Pacific just north of Australia, only slightly larger than California in land mass, yet one of the most culturally diverse places on the planet.
Turning negative trends into positive ones will require some fundamental changes in approach by the next generation of PNG’s leaders.
Seeking to solve all of the nation’s problems simultaneously with insufficient resources is unlikely to deliver the kind of progress Papua New Guineans expect.
The country has experienced more than a decade of sustained economic growth.
Its population is now better connected through an extensive mobile telecommunications network.
Papua New Guinea’s population of 7.5 million is young and growing.
Current trends — in the economy, law and order, health, and education — do not augur well for either the immediate or medium-term future.
Successive leaders of Papua New Guinea have pinned their hopes for realising the development ambitions of the nation on the next significant resources investment.
But equally, Papua New Guinea faces some serious challenges.
In the last 40 years, progress in raising the living standards of the majority of the population has been extremely slow and arguably is faltering.