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  • A personal mission in the heart of Gorontalo

    “I just want to help out my fellow villagers, ” said the 47-year-old health worker as she rushed to attend a workshop for the Alert Village programme, organized by UNDP and the provincial health office. “Most of the (health) problems here are related to maternal and child health issues such as nutritional problems, malaria, and environmental hygiene,” Tobuhu said. “We have been inspecting all households from sunrise to sunset for four days now.

  • To an outsider, seaweed may seem to be only a likely source of income for fishermen but within this remote community - where fishing used to be the way of life - seaweed cultivation provides a strategy to stamp out conflict. The fishermen in Halmahera Island’s Kao Bay are amongst thousands of people in eastern Indonesia who have benefited from a peace and conflict prevention project supported by the Government of Indonesia and UNDP.

  • Sitting outside his barn in the East Java town of Lumajang, a farmer proudly tells a story of how manure changed his life for the better. With support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), 45-year old Sukaningoyo has turned manure into biogas, an unlikely source of income, electricity and clean cooking, whereby fuel for daily cooking comes from renewable sources rather than timber.

  • Jul 9, 2013

    Yuliana Pigai travels each day with her husband to the Jayapura traditional market to earn a daily wage to keep her family afloat. Her inventory is vast, but she admits she has no idea how much money she earns.

  • Ogenetan village, Papua, Indonesia – The scent of the Celebes pepper plant hits you before you even reach Ogenetan in the heart of Papua’s Boven Digoel district. Called sereh merah, the plant is used by communities across Papua to drive away evil spirits.

  • Fighting Illiteracy in Indonesia’s Papua region

    Seated in a circle, some children from the coastal village of Sarmi, Papua, throw betel nuts to its centre. Others weave colored ropes into shapes as they learn simple math from their teacher. These children are enrolled in an early education programme that blends the national curriculum with more traditional subjects. The initiative is part of community efforts to combat low literacy levels in Sarmi, some 120 kilometres from the provincial capital of Jayapura.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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