Coram International is currently engaged in a contract with UNICEF Papua New Guinea to carry out a mapping and analysis of the legal and policy frameworks in Papua New Guinea. The intention of this analysis is to take stock of all existing legal and policy documentation related to children to ascertain any barriers, gaps, weaknesses and strengths, and provide the Government of Papua New Guinea and UNICEF Papua New Guinea with evidence-based recommendations for legal development and reform. The work will include carrying out a survey to scope information from child welfare staff in 24 provinces, as well as consultations with key stakeholders at the national level to collect additional in-depth information on institutional arrangements, coordination, and implementation. UNICEF have also added the additional work of carrying out a mapping and analysis of the intersections and synergies between violence against children (VAC) and violence against women (VAW) in PNG, including the formulation of recommendations to enhance these intersections and synergies.

In 2015, Coram International conducted baseline research for CARE Papua New Guinea. The research provide a baseline for measuring complex change in sexual, reproductive, and maternal health related behaviours, women’s empowerment, and health systems governance and service delivery, in the remote Eastern Highlands. The research applied qualitative and quantitative methods; drawing on proven tools such as CARE’s Women’s Empowerment Multidimensional Evaluation of Agency, Social Capital and Relations (WE-MEASR) tool, and Promundo’s Gender Equitable Men (GEM) scale.