Papua New Guinea

Scope and Content

This series contains two photographic items. CUP/2/17i shows an economic class in session at the Co-operative College, the students are sat in rows at individual desks with books and papers on them. At the back of the room is a board. CUP/2/17ii shows employees of the International Labour Organisation at the College looking at accounts [see publication note for details]. Open shelving can be seen along the left wall. The same article is printed on the verso of each. Black and white. Location of subject: Port Moresby.



International aid for Papua New Guinea co-operatives

With self-government [1 Dec 1973] and independence [1975] approaching in Papua New Guinea, increasing attention is being given to the growth of the co-operative movement-for many years the principal means by which the indigenous population can enter into a modern cash economy. Over 400 societies, with a membership of 130,000, are now established. To provide trained manpower for the growing movement, the Administration of Papua New Guinea has enlisted the help of the UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME and the INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANISATION in establishing a Co-operative College near Port Moresby. The ILO provides the college with the services of experts and equipment, and administers fellowships for its staff.

Co-operative officer William GEORGE [left] and Olle WAHLFORS, Swedish leader of the ILO team of co-operative experts at the Co-operative College go over the account books of the Papa Native Society Ltd. This successful trading co-operative with 61 members in a village of 150, pays a dividend, invests members' savings.