Colin Wiltshire is a research fellow in the politics of service delivery at DPA. His research explores the political economy of budget and expenditure practices in PNG and its implications for development outcomes. He has conducted extensive fieldwork in PNG and focuses on applied policy-relevant research. Colin recently managed the PNG Promoting Effective Public Expenditure Project, a joint research initiative with PNG’s National Research Institute. This research has involved conducting one of the largest independent expenditure tracking and service delivery surveys in PNG’s history and hosted influential budget forums in PNG. Colin has spent the majority of the last seven years living in PNG, including working in Provincial Administrations as part of the PNG–Australia Sub-National Strategy. He completed his honours at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at the ANU in 2005 where he initially focused on China and Indonesia before working for AusAID where he was first posted to Timor-Leste and then PNG.
In partnership with CARE PNG, Colin Wiltshire, Thiago Oppermann and Theresa Meki have recently undertaken joint district assessments and political context analysis in Menyamya District and Gumine District, Papua New Guinea.
The Department of Pacific Affairs (DPA) is leading a project which will observe the Solomon Islands General Elections, which is scheduled to take place by 17 April 2019.
<p>In January 2017, the <i>State, Society and Governance in Melanesia</i> (SSGM) Program at the Australian National University will commence a five year PNG Women in Leadership Suppo