PDM - Project Design and Management

Socio and Economic Impact Assessment and Area Development Planning

15 Australia Working with traditional land owners on resource management issues (2)PDM and its Associates have been assisting government, landowner, and resource development stakeholders in the mining and petroleum industries of PNG to develop partnerships for benefit stream management and sustainable development investment since 1998.

Our project experience includes the PNG Oil and Gas Projects (as variously operated by Chevron, Exxon Mobil, Oil Search and Inter Oil), and the Ok Tedi, Porgera, Kainantu Gold, Ramu Nickel,  Lihir, Misima and Hidden Valley mining operations.

Through our project experience we have a sound understanding of:

  • The PNG Mining, Petroleum and Environmental Acts
  • The operations of key national government agencies with statutory responsibility for the management of mining and petroleum projects and their benefit streams
  • The operations of those agencies involved in planning and service delivery at the project area level: (i) Provincial, Local Level Government and Special Purpose Authorities, ( ii) Landowner Associations and their companies (iii) Resource Company Community Affairs Divisions and their affiliated development Foundations; and
  • International best practice conventions and guidelines which underpin the principles of good governance and sustainable development such as the Equator Principles, the Global Reporting Initiative, and the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.

In undertaking Socio-Economic Impact Assessments (SEIAs) we deploy three standard procedures, namely: (a) Benefit Stream Analysis; (b) Village and Household Surveys; and (c) Livelihood Analysis. 

In addition to SEIA for the mining and petroleum sector, PDM Directors have also been engaged to undertake socio-economic impact assessments to evaluate development assistance projects and programs working in agriculture, rural livelihoods, food security, and natural resource management. These SEIAs have generally employed mixed method surveys; formal, quantitative surveys with and without control; and qualitative assessments.  Directors have designed surveys, supervised implementation and analyzed the results.

Some examples of social and economic impact assessment and area development planning work undertaken by PDM are provided below:

Country and Date

Papua New Guinea (February 2012 Ongoing)

Name and Scope of Project

Morobe Mines Community and Regional Development Plan

Morobe Mines Joint Ventures (MMJV) engaged PDM to assist in the formulation of a medium-term strategic plan for the mobilization of partnership agreements with Hidden Valley and Wafi-Golpu land owners and the Morobe Provincial Government in support of the provisions of the Hidden Valley Memorandum of Agreement and Exploration Agreements.  The plan focuses on the development of infrastructure and services targeting the core sectors of health, education, transport and communications, agriculture and commerce.

Country and Date

Myanmar 2011/2012

Name and Scope of Project

Design of strategy to assess the socio-economic impacts of the multi-donor Livelihood and Food Security Trust Fund

UNOPS engaged a PDM Director as Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist to support the Fund Board and Fund Management Office in the development of M&E approach including: logframe revision, selection of outcome indicators, tools for information collection, database for tracking progress and performance of over 30 implementing partners, baseline survey and impact evaluations for the USD $160m program and its major sub-programs in different agro-ecological zones across Myanmar. In particular, the PDM Director designed, oversaw, analysed and documented a stratified, random baseline survey of 4,000 households, including 800 households as a control, to assess the socio-economic impacts of LIFT funded interventions. Results were presented to donors, implementing partners, government ministers and senior officers in a workshop in Napydaw in December, 2012.

Country and Date

Papua New Guinea (April-May 2011)

Name and Scope of Project

PNG Oil and Gas Benefit Management and Sustainable Development

Oil Search engaged PDM to assist it prepare an analysis of:

  • the allocation of benefits (to government and impact area communities) occurring from oil production in the past, and estimates the benefits and their allocation in the future;
  • the different institutional arrangements for managing benefits and assesses their relative strengths and weaknesses; and
  • options to help improve the effectiveness and efficiency in which benefits are allocated and managed in the short, medium and long term.

Country and Date

Papua New Guinea (2005 ongoing)

Name and Scope of Project

Community Development Initiatives (CDI) Foundation Review

Oil Search Limited (OSL) engaged PDM to assist with a process of ongoing review of its operations.  The Community Development Initiative (CDI) was established as a semi-autonomous entity by Chevron to provide community development and training services to the project area communities.  OSL took over sponsorship of CDI in 2002.  PDM conducted a field review of CDI programs and facilities in 2005. The review examined CDI’s engagement with landowners, government and civil society groups and made recommendations for improving programming and service delivery.  PDM has continued to provide management and program advice to CDI.

Country and Date

Papua New Guinea (2002/2003)

Name and Scope of Project

Planning for Sustainable Development in the Mining Industry of PNG

The World Bank through the PNG Department of Mines engaged PDM to put together a team to develop a national policy on benefit stream management and planning for sustainable development in PNG’s mining provinces.  PDM managed all aspects of the project, including identification and management of a team of 9 international and local consultants; coordination with the World Bank, the Department of Mining, provincial administrations in each mining province, landowner groups, mine contractors and other stakeholders; physical and financial reporting; and administration.  The principal activities included: conduct of field work in PNG’s five main mining provinces; facilitation of stakeholder workshops; draft policy documentation; and preparation of a program of technical assistance to support policy implementation (focusing on institutional strengthening support for the Department of Mines).

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