Ok Tedi Development Foundation
Ok Tedi Development Foundation is the legal entity that manages community development benefits from Ok Tedi mine operations on behalf of the 100,000 river residents in 158 villages throughout the Community Mine Continuation Agreement (CMCA) corridor.
OTDF’s Strategic Direction for operations for the period 2016-2020 builds on the strong foundation laid by the 2010 – 2015 Strategic and Operational Plan (2010 Plan). The 2010 Plan focused on the establishment of OTDF as an effective development organisation operating with the Western Province of PNG. The 2010 Plan remains an important reference, providing background information on the Foundation, the legal framework and governance structures within which OTDF is operating. An independent mid-term review by Deloitte in 2013 confirmed that the strategies and principles in the 2010 Plan have remained relevant. The 2010 Plan recognised the Foundation’s dynamic operating environment, and OTDF has adjusted operational priorities to take advantage of new opportunities and innovations in response to emerging risks such as prolonged dry weather in 2015. OTDF will build on the results achieved from the 2010 Plan, and has extracted lessons learned to inform the Strategic Direction 2016-2020 (2016 Plan).
In serving the interests and aspirations of the CMCA communities, OTDF has established their trust by providing tangible results and expected longer term benefits that are focused on OTDF’s vision; “To improve self-sustainability and quality of life of Western Province communities”. To strengthen the focus on transparency and accountability for results over the next five years, OTDF has incorporated monitoring and evaluation into its programs, and will align all programs and projects with the PNG Government’s Medium Term Development; Infrastructure; and Community and Social Development.
Since 2010, OTDF’s communication programs have advocated for and developed productive partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders. These include CMCA communities through their formal structures, local and national government agencies, elected officials, faith based and civil society organisations, private sector service providers, bilateral and multilateral development agencies, universities and research organisations, private sector service providers, bilateral and multilateral development agencies, universities and research organisations. These partnerships will be enhanced to support the implementation of quality program designs across the Western Province.
The 2016 Plan is based on a significantly different operating environment, as OTDF transitions to become less dependent on funding from OTML and assumes greater responsibility as the development programs and projects in the Province through the OTML Tax Credit Scheme (TCS) and the Western Province People’s Dividend Trust Fund (WPPDTF) will be challenging and require directly as cast to beneficiaries has increased considerably with a consequent reduction in funds available for development and investment activities supported by OTDF. Regular engagement at village level has enabled OTDF to strengthen the capacity of the Trusts, Women’s Associations and new business entities towards sustaining their own operations, with much reduced support from OTDF.