PHILIP KAI MORRE
KUNDIAWA – Papua New Guinea needs to reform its outlook on development by changing our behaviour so as to transform our society.
But so much of the planning for us - planning that uses foreign concepts and ideologies - does not work.
A planning matrix needs to be home grown and an integral part of our holistic development.
We cannot accept somebody else's ideas just because foreigners say they will work.
Imposing upon us what consultants think is best and will work for us is paternalistic and usually unrelated to our way of doing things.
Our mode of development is based on spirituality, culture, the environment and kinship.
This is our basis of sustainable development and it needs to be understood.
Our planning should be guided by Abraham Maslow's hierarchy of needs - from basic physiological needs like food and sleep all the way to self-actualisation – morality, problem solving and acceptance of facts.
I hope development workers and planners have a fair idea of Maslow's humanist model.
Sometimes I think that if they have not travelled all the way to self-actualisation, how can they really help us.