FOR a long time the developed countries of the West have foisted their ideas and systems onto developing countries, sometimes unthinkingly and at other times with predatory motives.
These include political, economic, educational and healthcare systems that have questionable application in their new environments.
We are currently seeing how one of these ‘one size fits all’ imposed systems is manifesting itself in the elections in Papua New Guinea.
We have also seen how other western systems, notably in education and health, don’t always fit comfortably into Papua New Guinea. Here I’m thinking about performance-based teaching and the debacle over the supply of drugs to hospitals.