Preventing and countering corruption in Papua New Guinea benefits from the launch of a new United Nations-led anti-corruption project adding significant resources to current efforts.
An integral aim of the EU-PNG Partnership for Good Governance, the overall goal of the Papua New Guinea Anti-Corruption Project is to substantially reduce corruption in the country. Funded by the European Union, this new investment valued at EUR 5.4 million represents a major commitment by the United Nations, the European Union and Government of Papua New Guinea.
The Project aims to strengthen the Government’s commitment and capacities to address corruption in line with the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) and to effectively progress the Sustainable Development Goals for the benefit of all Papua New Guineans.
The Project will be implemented jointly by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Partners include the Government of Papua New Guinea, key national institutions, civil society, and communities.
Meeting Ms. Milka Okiddy
UNDP Operations Manager, Ms. Milka Okiddy. Photo: Seru Kepa | UNDP Papua New Guinea.
“I look forward to a time when the UN is funded by both private and public sectors and recognized as a powerful and unbiased force for good throughout the world.” - Milka Okiddy, Operations Manager
An avid reader and Netflix enthusiast, hailing all the way from Molo in Kenya, Ms. Milka Okiddy is the Operations Manager at UNDP in Papua New Guinea.“I am thankful each morning I wake up to be able to work with a diverse group of people in an organization that is working to change the quality of life for people not only in Papua New Guinea but around the world,” said Ms Okiddy.
As Operations Manager, her daily tasks vary from transactions to being out in the field. “No two weeks are the same and there is always some issue or other to address so. The excitement never ends.”
Having such a hectic schedule, Ms. Okiddy finds herself juggling many tasks. She says her ability to multitask effectively, encounter changes and stay ahead of her work comes down to her strong mother, her greatest role model.
“My mother - if she had had an education beyond class 8, in the old British system, she would most certainly be running her own large organization. She is almost 80 now, and has recently changed homes because she did not like where she was,” she said. "She has never been afraid to change, and I want to be like her.”
Lions left Nairobi National Park in Kenya, to roam in streets nearby Milka's home. Game wardens "had to come and get them". Photo: Supplied.
Being part of the country office for a little over a year now, Ms Okiddy says she is proud to be an International Civil Servant supporting UNDP in Papua New Guinea, in key initiatives and achievements in the country.
“Papua New Guinea has abundant natural resources and a rich and diverse culture. These need to be preserved and nurtured for future generations and also enhanced to ensure that all citizens of Papua New Guinea are not only able to enjoy equal access to these resources but also made aware of their obligations in ensuring these resources are handed down to future generations, enriched by the responsible stewardship of the current generation.”
Ms. Okiddy stressed further UNDP’s efforts to promote the importance of gender equality in the country. “I like that UNDP is at the forefront in the fight against Gender-Based Violence in the country, and with getting dedicated electoral seats for Women in Parliament. In the context of a recent workshop on getting the UNDP gender seal, charity begins at home. We in the office need to internalize the ideals of gender equity and be the ambassadors of those ideals to the wider community,” she said.
Ms Okiddy, a mother of two daughters, completed her undergraduate and accounting studies in Kenya before obtaining her Master's degree from the University of Amsterdam. She enjoys reading in her free time and, is a newly found member of the Netflix community.
“I love reading anything, if I am bored enough, I will even read a dictionary. However, I am a recent addict of Netflix, I watch many shows concurrently. But this week’s series is – The Chair”.
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