The United Nations Development Programme in Papua New Guinea is working toward development of renewable energy and energy-efficiency plans to power the small islands of Milne Bay Province.
In partnership with the Climate Change and Development Authority and University of Papua New Guinea's Centre of Renewable Energy (UPNGCORE), the UNDP/GEF Project on Facilitating Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction (FREAGER) had its team in Alotau, Milne Bay in early March for a series of workshops, information sessions and a field trip to promote renewable energy on small islands.
UNDP joined partners on Samarai Island, the former administrative capital of Milne Bay Province where Papua New Guinea Power is installing solar panels to supply over 70KW of power for the 29ha island community.
In Alotau, a workshop facilitated by UPNGCORE held a training focused on calculations of load demands that help determine solar power generation capacity. Attended by representatives from provincial government and renewable energy stakeholders of Milne Bay Province, the workshop highlighted how to identify suitability of solar pv mini grids for community needs. Handbooks used in the workshops will be available online.
Papua New Guinea's first female fraud examiner aims to drive anti-corruption reforms
Ms Doris Marasembi is the first woman in Papua New Guinea to globally qualify as a Certified Fraud Examiner. Photo: Courtesy of PNG Department of Finance/ Communications Team
Meet Doris Marasembi. A certified accountant and reporting specialist with a day job at the Department of Finance, Doris is on a mission to help build a more sustainable future for Papua New Guinea.
Aiming to drive reforms in public and corporate sectors, Doris spent a year studying at night to further her goal with a passion that has paid off with exciting news.
Doris Marasembi now is the first woman in Papua New Guinea to be globally qualified as a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). Proud to be a female leader in the field of fraud detection, Doris says her achievement will further strengthen national governance.
“My new certification adds more value to Government systems and business processes, audit investigations, prevention and detection to more effectively and efficiently eradicate fraud at all levels”.
The platform for the ACFE course, globally accredited by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners - required my commitment and dedication. I thoroughly and repeatedly read the course materials using different mediums requiring a minimum of 5 hours daily, reading applications, and had to forgo my family and other social obligations, says Ms Marasembi.
“The required standards of passing the exams were quite high and challenging when I had to re-sit the exams to pass. The support, patience and the motivation I got from my family got me to be determined and persistence to pass this course.”
Moving forward, Doris Marasembi now is certified to conduct Fraud Awareness and training support to weed out malpractice and detection of poor internal controls leading to frauds in the workplace.
Her work will help Papua New Guinea to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 16 – aimed at building peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable, and transparent institutions, including reducing corruption.
The use of Integrated Financial Management System (IFMS) by Government will tighten the expenditure, revenue collection, budgeting, procurement and reporting processes using a centralized system to strengthen overall prevention, investigation, and fraud detection.
Supporting Ms Marasembi in her journey, UNDP in Papua New Guinea will continue to assist to strengthen her skillset - as well as others also pursing this certification, to establish a pool of qualified fraud examiners. This responds to current technical capacity gaps in fraud training awareness and analytical skills required to analyze government expenditure trends, budgets, and service delivery.
UNDP will continue to support the work through its new anti-corruption project, in partnership with UNODC, that will be funded by the European Union in Papua New Guinea. The aim of the project is to support the Government of Papua New Guinea, key national institutions, civil society, and communities to strengthen their commitment and capacities to address corruption.
In line with the United Nations Convention against Corruption it will effectively progress the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, for the benefit of all Papua New Guineans.
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