Transparency International (PNG) – Become a Member

The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is that good people do nothing“.

That quote which is credited to the 18’th century English philosopher Edwin Burke is heralded on Transparency International (PNG)’s website.

Corruption in politics, public contracting, and education in addition to unacceptable levels of unaccountability, lack of social responsibility, sustainability, and corporate governance are international issues that are plaguing the entire developing world – not just Papua New Guinea.

There are two polar views regarding the PNG issue – one is in total agreeance with the authors of The Bipolar Pacific report and the other adopts the “official” opinion of the PNG Forest Minster Belden Namah and his incumbent Patrick Pruaitch to continuously deny that there are any illegal logging operations in the country.

Both views are official with the former painting a doomsday scenario and the latter bolstering a scenario of denial – which one is the truth?

Ironically, when one thinks about it, both viewpoints are rather ignorant and arrogant – one could be accused of being “aggressively neo-colonial” and the other could be said to be “blindly national“.

This is where organisations such as Transparency International (PNG) come into play. It is critically important that the middle ground is kept neutral and tirelessly championed. It is a righteous cause and those who truthfully carry the banner deserve enormous respect.

Individuals, organisations, and businesses can support the cause by joining Transparency International (PNG). Within each category of membership, except for government departments, there is a choice in membership fees.

Here are the membership rates:

You can download the application form to become a member of Transparency International (PNG) here:


Each new member receives a membership certificate and a quarterly newsletter. Each member is entitled to attend, hold office and vote at the annual general meeting. Each member will be encouraged to take an active role in the campaign against corruption in PNG.

Point to Ponder: How much should we as citizens and stakeholders of Papua New Guinea, and as individuals, invest in fighting corruption in PNG?

~ by Tavurvur on August 24, 2008.

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