Source: (2012) Contemporary PNG Studies: DWU Research Journal. 17:16-34.

The purpose of AusAID’s 2003-2009 Law and Justice Sector Program (LJSP) was to develop the capacity of Papua New Guinea’s law and justice agencies to implement consistent policy, priorities and plans. This article assesses whether the approach had a flow-on effect by contributing to a reduction in community crime victimization. Extensive urban crime victimization surveys from 2004-2008 found no apparent flow-ons. National levels of individual and household victimization did not change significantly. Victimization types were similar, but levels varied considerably between towns. Port Moresby was close to the national mean and steady. Perceived increases in violent crime were consistent only with considerable localized fluctuations in different areas rather than statistically significant underlying changes. Restorative justice mechanisms were limited in scope. AusAID’s Independent Completion Report too found that LJSP service delivery was problematic. While the Report nonetheless supported the sectoral approach as a homegrown initiative, this article questions its relevance. The lack of significant reductions in crime victimization implies that, local or not, the bureaucratic sectoral approach was a diversion from the real community issues. (authors' abstract)