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Improving the Legal Drafting Capacity of the Bangka Belitung DRPD

Between 2009 and 2014, the local parliament (DRPD) in Bangka Belitung only initiated two local laws. The 2013 Indonesia Democracy Index (IDI) showed a very poor score for the role of the DRPD in…  


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.  


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…  


Cultivating change in Boven Digoel, Papua

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…  


Clinics tackling maternal health in Central Java

Kendal, Central Java – Salis is eight months pregnant with her first child, and has been diagnosed with a potentially high-risk pregnancy, in part because of swelling in one of her feet. She is one of…  


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…  


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.  


From the Forest to the Airwaves

A top a small hill overlooking the green expanse of Bukit Duabelas National Park sits a tiny two-story wooden structure. The adjacent tower and satellite indicate its unique function, the building…  


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…  


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…  

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