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Papua New Guinea

CARE started work in: 1989

Papua New Guinea ranks 155 out of 189 on the Human Development Index (HDI). CARE International’s work in Papua New Guinea focuses on creating a more equal world for women and girls by working with communities to foster gender equality.

What CARE International does in Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea faces many challenges in overcoming poverty. More than 80% of the population live in rural areas, with limited access to health centers, education, and agricultural services.  

Women living in rural areas face barriers to economic empowerment. They often work long hours but are rarely involved in decision-making and have little control over the money they earn or the land they farm. Almost two-thirds of these women are also victims of violence.  

We focus on creating a more equal world for women and girls by improving access to health services, health information, and farming skills and supporting them to take a greater part in decision-making. We also work with communities and families, encouraging positive attitudes and behaviors towards women. 

Our work in Papua New Guinea focuses on: 

Since 2020, CARE International has been responding to COVID-19 in Papua New Guinea. Response efforts have included providing access to food and raising awareness about vaccines.  

Reach and impact data
Total participants reached in 2023
  • Direct 27,197
  • Women & girls 46%
  • Indirect -
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Please note that the figures in this site may not be the same as those reported to donors or host governments based on different reporting periods. CARE's international aggregated reporting mechanisms always use the Fiscal Year from July to June.

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“Me and my wife share ideas and dreams. We have a plan now to have a good house. It took a long time to come to this. Now we have our permanent house. During [training] we sat together and had two visions – the first is to put our kids in school, and this is happening as my first son is in secondary. The second was to have our permanent house, and this has also happened.”