COMMUNITY development is important to rural socio-economic development in Papua New Guinea.
Almost all rural socio-economic activities occur at the community level.
Community development encourages volunteering and self-development, which contribute to the adoption of more modern ideas, morals and values.
Community development stimulates changes that favour decreased childbearing and a high quality of child rearing.
The special features of Chinese rural communities are identified as underdevelopment, population pressure and resource degradation, collective entities, greater social cohesion, flexibility, affiliations as government units, and access to other useful community organisations. The development model for communities varied over time from an emphasis on family planning to focus on women’s development, poverty alleviation, or economic development.
Well-developed communities focus on social security systems, service networks, or environment protection.
Community development is tied to economic development.
The growth of collectives play an important role in community development.
Women’s active and extensive participation and leadership by other influential persons are important forces in community development.
Women serve as agents of change.
Community development directly supports increased income for families, which decreases the emphasis on children as a source of income.
The economic value of children is reduced when communities provide social security.
The greater value placed on males is reduced when women’s income is increased.
Community development lowers the social value of children by improving people’s quality of life and by creating a modern social environment.
Macmillan Sinton Pala
DCA Aviat Community