On September 12, 2019 0
THE National Capital District Commission works at addressing the issues of human empowerment and community building through these areas - Gender, Youth and Sports.
The Commission focuses on three main areas in addressing gender-based issues. These are Economic Empowerment, Health & Wellbeing (including Gender-Based Violence), and Leadership & Good Governance. The Commission works with up to 10,000 Port Moresby women annually in its various empowerment programs by providing capacity-building training through its Social Services (Gender Desk) Division.
Safer City Program: The notable one currently being embarked upon is the Safer City Program undertaken in partnership with UN Women which targets the safety and security of women in markets of Port Moresby, especially Port Moresby’s main market, Gordon Market. The program is continuing and so far has successfully mobilised vendors into registered groups with representation to the NCD Commission. It also identifies unemployed youths resorting to petty crimes at the Market and works at empowering them with skills training to become more useful citizens of Port Moresby.
Gender-Based Violence/Family Sexual Violence: From these collaborative efforts has come a partnership between Gender-oriented organisations in NCD that has given birth to a working committee called the NCD Family Sexual Violence Action Committee. The NCD FSVAC works at fighting the plague of Gender Based Violence (GVB) and Family Sexual Violence (FSV). About 2015, a secretariat was established within NCDC to manage and implement the work of the NCD FSVAC, mostly by dealing with practical cases of GBV and FSV and assisting victims to find referral pathways and final healing and closure. The secretariat runs concurrent with the Gender Desk.
National/NCD Council of Women: The National Capital District Commission also works with women leaders of National Capital District through the NCD Council of Women, a woman’s body registered through the National Department for Community Development, and its sub-branch, the NCD Council of Women. Through its Gender Desk, the NCDC provides technical advice and support to the NCD Council of Women, and works with almost a 100 women leaders from across the 12 wards of NCD.
Youth Empowerment in Papua New Guinea’s urban centres is quite probably every city council’s most challenging task because of the issues every young Papua New Guinean faces. In Port Moresby, these issues are almost common across the broad spectrum of the city’s unemployed youth demographic – incomplete formal education, rural-urban drift frequency, lack of skills, unemployment, lack of financial capacity, and the list may continue.
Although challenging because of the fluidity in youth movement from area-to-area within the city or city-to-village-to-city, the National Capital District Commission, through its Youth Desk, has been trying to coordinate, register, analyse and find solutions to help the youth of Port Moresby.
Youth Up-skilling Program: Working in partnership with registered skills trainer, Ginigoada Business Development Company, the National Capital District Commission identifies young men and women for skills training and facilitates for this through Ginigoada, which works at finding placement with the Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce and Industry membership. To date, thousands of young people between the ages of 12-25 have undergone training in carpentry, plumbing, bricklaying, mechanics and ‘Starting Your Business’. Annually, there is a turnover of up to 100 youths who find a footing in the Formal and Informal sectors because of the work that the NCDC, through its Youth Desk, is doing in partnership with Ginigoada and the business houses of Port Moresby.
Economic Empowerment: To equip the youth better and set them on a pathway to financial empowerment, NCDC started a program in 2016/2017 with the National Development Bank through a pilot project. Called the ‘Business Incubation Centre’, the project entails the construction of a facility and the leasing of this facility to young entrepreneurs in business start-ups who, while running their respective businesses, receive ‘on-the-job’ training in business management. The project is nearing the completion of groundwork and is expected to open mid-2017.
Life-skills Training: The National Capital District Commission also avails itself to city youth who fall within the age group 12-25 in a program called ‘Boys2Men/Girls2Women’. This is in conjunction with the Up-Skills Program and is aimed at mentally and emotionally preparing the young people to bridge the gap between adolescence and adulthood as many of these young people have not had the benefit of completing formal education and may have missed out on valuable lessons taught in classrooms.
Community Development Officer, Rex Buka, who is directly in charge of the Youth Desk said in a recent interview that the biggest challenge being faced was that young people are never stationary in one place to enable easier coordination and continuity. The fluidity in movement poses a certain challenge to programs that Mr Buka hopes would change soon so the Desk can continue better with its programs.
Registered so far are eight youth groups with 50 members to a group, giving a total of 400 that the Desk works with on a regular basis.
Perhaps the most effective, far-reaching community support services provided by the National Capital District Commission of Port Moresby is Sports. The potential and the reach of Sports as a tool for Human Development has been tried and proven everywhere, with Port Moresby being no exception.
The National Capital District Commission, through its Social Services Division (Sports Desk), works closely with the national sporting body, the PNG Sports Foundation, to plan and implement sporting programs throughout the length and breadth of Port Moresby.
PNG National Games: On top of this program tier, is the PNG National Games, a mammoth task that culminates once every two years in selected provincial capitals in Papua New Guinea and is made up of up some 10,000 athletes and officials. The Sports Desk scouts local clubs in NCD and does selections, organises training, monitors training, sits for close consultation with the various sporting code and association managers, fundraises to meet the budget, liaises with the NCDC for counter-funding and manages everything in relation to Team National Capital District (NCD) participation at the Games. Team NCD often comprises up to 600 athletes and officials to any one PNG National Games and requires a budget of up to K1.5 million. The NCD Commission usually meets a good portion of the financial demands of Team NCD with the remainder left to the Sports Desk and Team NCD to meet directly through fundraising dinners and other such activities. At the Games, Team NCD has led in its performance in most of the sporting codes, testament to the time and effort put in by NCDC in elevating the standard of Sports in the National Capital.
Sports for Schools: The next program in line is the ‘Pikinini Pilai Sports’, targeting NCD schools during holidays. The idea is to engage school children in popular sports – Volleyball, Basketball and Netball. Softball and Beach Ball are currently being mooted. Interest is very high among schools and this has taken off quite successfully.
Sports for the Unemployed: ‘Holiday Games’, is another program targeting the unemployed youth of Port Moresby. It is usually held during selected public holidays such as Easter, Queens Birthday or Independence Day and has been successful in sensitizing young men and women to the idea of community-building and self-empowerment.
Sports for the Working Class: The NCD Commission also plans and coordinates the Corporate Volleyball Competition for staff and families of those within the Formal Sector. Up to 20 organisations take part annually during the ‘Off Season’, the period between November and April when the City Sports competitions go into recess. The idea behind this program is to promote Healthy Living among the Working Class and since its inception has worked very well because of Volleyball’s easier participation nature.
Sports for NCDC itself: Once every year, the Sports Desk also organises an in-house sports day for the staff of NCDC where, for the day, employees are outdoors playing Touch Rugby, Volleyball and Netball, all in gender-mixed teams.
MR. KILA DICK, MANAGER - SOCIAL SERVICES
TEL: (675) 325 4711 Ext: 624, (675) 325 3546
MRS. KAY MA'A, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT OFFICER - GENDER DESK
TEL: (675) 325 0657
MR. REX BUKA, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT OFFICER - YOUTH DESK
TEL: (675) 324 0688
MR. JAMES KEPO, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT OFFICER - SPORTS DESK