Community Conversations

The Community Conversations program aims to give everyone in the community a voice to address important issues in their lives, so that together they can build a better future.

Community Conversations workshop

About the program

The Banz Community Conversation program in the Jiwaka Province of Papua New Guinea aims to build safe and caring communities.

The program works with community members to run conversations and workshops; creating safe spaces where everyone can discuss key issues facing the community, such as violence, HIV or other issues the community identifies. Everyone in the community is encouraged to speak during the conversations.

Through these initiatives, there has been a reduction in violence and increase in understanding about HIV among community members. The program has also led to increased involvement from all parts of the community in important decision-making processes.

The Community Conversation program also trains male and female community members to become facilitators in the program. The individuals are particularly trained in skills for communicating and working with others. Through this, they are able to live out what they learn in their own lives and families, and also contribute to building caring communities.

Through the Community Conversations program, community members work together for the good of all, to create the kind of community they aspire to be.

Dominic’s story


Dominic featured in our Project Compassion 2016 campaign.

By participating in regular Community Conversations training sessions, Dominic learnt communication and problem-solving skills that helped him lead open, respectful community discussions in his village.

Program details

  • Issues: HIV and AIDS, peacebuilding, women
  • Partner Agency: Sisters of Notre Dame
  • Funding in 2014/15 financial year: AU $50,000
  • Geographic location: Jiwaka Province
  • When established: 2010