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July 24, 2014

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Arizona State University have partnered to train local trainers and technicians to install, operate, and maintain clean energy systems in the Pacific Islands. The program, called Vocational Training and Education for Clean Energy or VOCTEC, has established a partnership with the PNG University of Technology (Unitech) in Lae to deliver solar energy training. The launch of the program will take place on July 21 at Unitech’s East Taraka Campus, and the training will continue through July 25.

VOCTEC’s Train-the-Trainer approach will provide technicians a support system and build Unitech’s capacity by providing curriculum, equipment, and training manuals. The training program also incorporates gender issues and focuses on entrepreneurial skills.

Seven million Pacific Islanders cannot power their homes because they are too far from existing electricity grids. “Solar is the perfect technology to provide power to these remote communities, but they often lack the technical support to install and maintain solar systems,” highlighted Maurice Knight, USAID Pacific Islands Director.

USAID LEAF Program Creates "Ridges-to-Reef" Training in Madang
July 23, 2014

In a step forward for the “Ridges-to-Reef” approach to managing Madang Province’s unique and stunning natural resources, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-supported Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests (LEAF) project is bringing together local communities, decision makers, NGOs, educators and government representatives for an innovative training designed to measure the amount of carbon contained in its forests.

USAID Rolls Out Pacific-American Climate Fund in Apia
July 16, 2014

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) held a workshop for select civil society, academic and private sector organizations on Wednesday, July 16 to announce the five-year, USD $24-million Pacific-American Climate Fund (PACAM) at the Tanoa Tusitala Conference Center.

May 19, 2014

Building on the recent National Women’s Forum sponsored by the Embassy and the Government of Papua New Guinea, the Embassy is pleased to announce a comprehensive program to advance inclusive and sustainable development in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (ARB).

May 16, 2014

U.S. Ambassador Walter North officially launched the Women’s Peace Building Initiatives Project in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (ARB) today. He was joined by officials from the Government of the ARB, representatives from civil society and from the international community.

May 8, 2014

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through its implementing partner FHI 360, is addressing tropical disease endemics in Papua New Guinea.

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