Community-Led Engagement With Government and the Role of Community Brokers in East New Britain, Papua New Guinea

Lyons, Ilisapeci and Cavaye, Jim (2015) Community-Led Engagement With Government and the Role of Community Brokers in East New Britain, Papua New Guinea. Society and Natural Resources, 29 4: 462-478. doi:10.1080/08941920.2015.1086457


Author Lyons, Ilisapeci
Cavaye, Jim
Title Community-Led Engagement With Government and the Role of Community Brokers in East New Britain, Papua New Guinea
Journal name Society and Natural Resources   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1521-0723
0894-1920
Publication date 2015-11-02
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/08941920.2015.1086457
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 29
Issue 4
Start page 462
End page 478
Total pages 17
Place of publication New York, United States
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract The form of engagement between communities and government is important in determining outcomes in natural resource management, of what resources are negotiated, how resources are managed, who participates, and the distribution of benefits. In two case study communities in East New Britain, Papua New Guinea, engagement depended on the clan and community allegiances of community leaders to their elected representatives. These leaders acted as “community brokers” who negotiated and influenced community access to government decision-making, government access to community members, and government support for local projects. They represented community members through informal lobbying and mobilizing their support base through institutional networks, particularly during election campaigns. Government was perceived by communities as a source of resources. The participation of community groups in decision making and their access to public resources depended on the successful election and lobbying support of their leaders with local political candidates. Community brokers facilitated a political system that served a few select interest groups.
Keyword Community brokers
Community development
Engagement
Governance
Papua New Guinea
Representation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
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