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PNG Women Lead Program


The request for Expression of Interest for PNG Women Lead has now closed and responses have been evaluated.

The following organisations have been shortlisted to proceed to the next step (in alphabetical order):

  1. Abt Associates Pty Ltd;
  2. Cardno International Development;
  3. Community First Development Limited.
  4. Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu;
  5. Equity Economics and Development Partners Pty Ltd; and
  6. Tetra Tech International Development Pty Ltd;


The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is seeking expressions of interest from interested organisations to deliver PNG Women Lead, the bilateral successor program to Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development (Pacific Women) in Papua New Guinea.

PNG Women Lead will build on the successes and lessons of the 10-year Pacific Women program to help advance gender equality in Papua New Guinea.

The program goal will align with the new Pacific Women Lead regional program:

PNG women and girls, in all their diversity, are safe and equitably share in resources, opportunities and decision-making, with men and boys.

Building on its predecessor, Pacific Women, it is anticipated there will be four program outcomes, aligning to the existing Pacific Women program outcomes, that will be validated through a design process:

  • Women's Leadership and Influence - Increase women's leadership and influence in decision making, including at local government level.
  • Women's Economic Empowerment – Increase economic opportunities for women.
  • Violence Prevention and Response - Strengthen the national response to violence against women and provide expanded support services.
  • Enhanced Knowledge and Understanding - Enhance knowledge and evidence to inform policy and practice

Pacific Women will conclude in June 2022 with PNG Women Lead to run from June/July 2022 to June 2027 with an estimated value of between AUD$55 million over the five years. At the end of this period, there will be an option to extend the investment by up to another five years. As part of transition arrangements, several existing Pacific Women grant arrangements will be novated to the new program to support continuity.

The design will be informed by the Pacific Women Six Year Evaluation and lessons drawn from Pacific Women program documentation, including What Works in Gender Transformative Approaches in Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Women Papua New Guinea Performance Report 2012-2021.

DFAT will shortlist respondents to the Expression of Interest at Austender (Current ATM View - DFAT-344: AusTender ( Shortlisted organisations will be identified on this page following the evaluation allowing other interested organisations an opportunity to connect with them.

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