What is the Mike Manning Youth Democracy Camp?

The Mike Manning Youth Democracy Camp (MMYDC) is one of Transparency International PNG’s (TIPNG) key youth programs.  Incepted in 2008, the MMYDC is an annual 10-day camp that brings students nationwide to learn about the principles of democracy and good governance.

The camp is named after former Chairman of TIPNG, the Late Michael (Mike) Manning, OBE. Michael John Manning (1943 – 22 August 2008) was an Australian-born Papua New Guinean anti-corruption activist and economist. Manning was a prominent critic of the  improper use of public funds and government corruption. He advocated for the creation and improvement of a network of organizations within Papua New Guinea to fight corruption.

What happens at the Camp?

The MMYDC program balances hands-on activities, capacity building exercises, simulations and presentations from guest speakers on a wide range of topics including, human rights, media, extractive industries and budget tracking.

At the camp, students do various simulation activities such as conducting fair elections, drafting, debating and passing laws, debating on issues, exercising the role of the media in a democracy and many more.


TIPNG hopes that the students that pass through the camp will be able to:

  • Participate more actively to advocate for a less corrupt society;
  • Explain and teach others about how governments should work;

Since the first camp in 2008, over 400 young people have participated in the camp, ranging from  youth and community based organizations, three international organizations and from nearly 100 schools throughout Papua New Guinea.

Mike Manning Youth Democracy Camp application process

  1. Complete and submit the Manning Youth Democracy Camp Application Form
  2. Screen applications
  3. Participants are selected

Have you got what it takes?

We are looking for outstanding young people who have shown the ability to work with others and demonstrated leadership in their school or community.

Questions to help you decide your Nominations

  • Does he/she lead by example?
  • Does he/she help others in school or in their community?
  • Does he/she respect themselves, others and the environment?
  • Does he/he participate in school or community activities?

What are the criteria?

Nominees must:

  • Be between the ages of 17 and 20 years old.
  • Have good verbal and written skills.
  • Have shown some leadership ability either in school or in their community.
  • Be committed to share knowledge/experiences and learn from others.
  • Be able to participate in all camp activities.
  • Be responsible, accountable and open-minded.

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Our Commitment

TI is committed to creating and working with broad coalitions representing civil society to prevent corruption by reforming systems.

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