State, Society and Governance in Melanesia

As a unit of the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, the State, Society & Governance in Melanesia Program (SSGM) is Australia’s foremost centre for multi-disciplinary research on contemporary Melanesia, Timor Leste and the wider Pacific. SSGM conducts policy-relevant research and advanced analysis of social change, governance, development, politics and state-society relations in this region, and comprises the most significant concentration of scholars working on these issues.

Philip Gibbs

Anthropologist and priest from the missionary congregation of The Divine Word, Philip Gibbs has been living and working in Papua New Guinea for the last 41 years. He is currently a Research Advisor for Caritas Australia and Secretary of the Commission for Social Concerns for the Catholic Bishops Conference of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. He has done extensive reserach on the topic of sorcery and witchcraft all around Papua New Guinea.

Melanesian Institute

The Melanesian Institute (MI) is an ecumenical research, teaching and publishing institute. It is designed to help churches, government and other organisations speak more clearly to the needs of the people in Melanesia. Melanesian Institute staff have experience of living in Melanesia as well as qualifications in areas like anthropology, sociology and theology. MI’s research focuses on topics of pastoral and social concern to people in Melanesia.

IWDA - International Women's Development Agency

International Women’s Development Agency is the only Australian development agency entirely focussed on women’s rights and gender equality. They work across the Pacific and in papua New Guinea directly collaborate with the Women Human Rights Defenders Network supporting the programmes to address sorcery and witchcraft related violence.

Australian Aid - DFAT

Website of the Aid Programme of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Here you can find information regarding the Development Policy and Performance Framework, Aid programmes, partners, and many publications and research resources. Very useful to keep track of the last developments regarding Australia’s involvement in Papua New Guinea.

WHRIN - Witchcraft and Human Rights Information Network

The Witchcraft and Human Rights Information Network (WHRIN) promotes awareness and understanding of human rights violations that are committed around the world due to the belief in witchcraft. It is non-profit organisation that strives to help communities around the world access information and find solutions to complex problems in order to ensure that further human rights abuses do not take place.

The Global Mail

The Global Mail was a not-for-profit multimedia site for longform and project-based journalism in the public interest. Based in Sydney, Australia, the site launched in February 2012 with philanthropic funding. Unfortunately, on February 2014 it ceased its operations, but all the articles and reports are still available. There is a series of articles on Papua New Guinea and witch-hunting. Wood.

The Post-Courier

Founded in 1969, the Post-Courier is one of the two main newspapers in Papua New Guinea. Written in English, it publishes all kind of information covering from local stories to international news. It is a good online resource to get to know what is going on PNG.

Vlad Sokhin - Crying Meri

Crying Meri: Violence Against Women in Papua New Guinea is a long-term documentary project by Vlad Sokhin. Vlad started documenting gender-based and sorcery-related violence in PNG in January 2012. In the following three years he worked on his own and in collaboration with several print/online media companies, the United Nations and international NGOs.

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