Who we are
Working jointly with their Papua New Guinean counterparts since 1963, several hundred skilled Austrian or other European volunteers and development workers have been providing technical assistance to institutions and development oriented programmes in the country.
For many years development of capacities in Vocational Education has been a priority area of HORIZONT3000, contributing also to infrastructure development outside the sector. The organisation has contributed to the development of Vocational Education in several provinces, including Western Highlands, Enga, Chimbu, Morobe, East Sepik, East New Britain, Western Province, and in post-conflict Bougainville, where HORIZONT3000 development workers, also aided by EU financial support, assisted in giving a perspective to youth and ex-combatants, by re-establishing several vocational schools and training local staff and students.
HORIZONT3000 continues to provide capacity building and institutional development to the education sector, including the primary and vocational school, as well as the university level.
The emphasis has shifted from direct teaching and technical skills to facilitation of qualifications and management skills.
From 2004 till now Austrian development workers have provided assistance to the development of management capacities of head teachers and school managers and the ownership of local boards in the management of their schools.
HORIZONT3000 is also assisting the development of emerging NGOs in the Momase and Highlands region and in Bougainville. A recent example of this is the development of Bougainville Traditional Health Association (BouTHA), which supports traditional medical practitioners (traditional healers and traditional midwifes) and their district-associations in several districts of Bougainville. This is a co-financing project of the coming from European Union, OEZA (Austrian Development Cooperation), and DKA to “Traditional Health Project” of the Catholic Diocese of Bougainville and HORIZONT3000.
HORIZONT3000 currently only provides limited financial support. However, strengthening of capacities of local partners leading to increased donors’ confidence, as well as support for planning, implementation and net-working of local partners by experienced, well placed and connected personnel are enabling more substantial funding from other stake-holders. The result is more community- and sustainability oriented.
Focus areas of intervention
In the Educational Sector the important concerns are improvement of administrative processes at school and agency level, training of managers and (technical and vocational) teachers, promotion of community participation and development of infrastructural capacities (including ICT). Similarly in In the Human Rights – Civil Society Sector HORIZONT3000 personnel seek to promote development of organisational capacities. . in its partner organisations as well as their clients.
At this moment, several catholic dioceses (in particular Bougainville) are HORIZONT3000’s key partners in PNG, with a few placements attached to a governmental partner and a NGO.
Whereas HORIZONT3000 tries to maintain good contacts with frame-setting international partners (Delegation of the European Union, AUSAID and international NGOs), as well as with other organisations with a technical assistance orientation, it closely co-ordinates with its member organisation and back-donor DKA, which is operating its own programme of financial projects in PNG.
HORIZONT3000 presently cooperates with the following partner organizations in Papua New Guinea:
- Catholic Archdiocese of Mt. Hagen, Hagen
- Catholic Diocese of Buka, Buka
- Catholic Diocese of Daru-Kiunga, Kiunga
- Division of Education, Bougainville Autonomous Government, Buka
- NGOPROmotion Program, Inc. Madang