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  • Making more out of nutmeg in West Papua

    FAKFAK, West Papua – Nestled among fragrant nutmeg trees and steps away from a white sandy beach in West Papua, a hilltop village has found new ways of making the most out of its prized spices.

  • Meeting Challenges in Indonesia’s Papua Region

    Among other things, the project is supporting the development of a provincial Human Development Report, as well as training in pro-poor planning and budgeting (P3BM) for provincial government authorities. In other provinces where the P3BM methodology has been adopted, a 17-20% average real increase in local government budgetary allocations to the poor has been witnessed.

  • Reclaiming land, reclaiming livelihoods

    More than 120,000 people killed & half a million displaced in Aceh after the 2004 tsunami. The Tsunami Recovery Waste Management Programme (TRWMP) returned over 1,000 hectares of land covered in debris to fertile ground. 135 households of the Kareung Ateuh community can restart their livelihoods and improve their standards of living.

  • Starting small, saving big in Boven Digoel

    OGENETAN VILLAGE, Iniyandit subdistrict, Boven Digoel regency, Papua – Yulia Bayup, 24, is a happy woman. She is the proud owner of two fishponds, having been provided with IDR 2 million (US$150) in credit as a result of a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) project in Boven Digoel.

  • The Blessing of Charcoal

    UNDP's Biochar project introduces bio-charcoal to farmers in East Nusa Tenggara & Central Sulawesi provinces. The project aims at empowering thousands of women to develop bio-charcoal home industries & generate extra income to improve their lives. The usage of biocharcoal doubled the increase of corn crop production in 2012.

  • The blessings of coconut oil in Indonesia’s Papua

    DABE VILLAGE, Sarmi, Papua province – A long stretch of black sandy beach on the fringe of Dabe village lies empty. It is 10 a.m. on a Tuesday – a workday – but nobody is out fishing in the nearby waters.

  • Villages in Central Java on the mend after volcanic eruptions

    “We are like husband and wife,” Temanagung village chief H. Asrori Widarto said to a roomful of laughs, looking over at Yatin, the head of Ngargomulyo village.

  • Why Indonesia Has to Save the Peatland
    Jan 9, 2017

    Ramadhani Lutfi Aerli, a nine-year-old boy from Pekanbaru, suffered a high fever and seizure on 20 October 2015. When he went unconscious in the middle of the night, his parents rushed him to the hospital but he died before the morning call to prayer

  • Women parliamentarian candidates eye historic record

    Women parliamentarian candidates eye historic record As vote counting gets underway in the world’s third largest democracy, little-known Indonesian businesswoman Freeda Mustikasari can almost taste history.

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