Village governance is the most immediate level of the Indonesian government. In Papua a village might comprise 50 - 70 families and is headed by a Village Chief and a Secretary. The Head of the village receives funding from both the provincial and regency governments to carry out a range of administrative roles, from compiling census data to disseminating new agricultural techniques. They are also responsible for local infrastructure like roads and bridges. The Village Heads need help building skills such as basic economic planning, record keeping, and agricultural management to make them less reliant on expensive external resources, like imported food. Up to 50 percent of these Village Heads have received no training in the new regulations and procedures they are expected to supervise. This is due to a range of factors including isolation and language difficulties.
Focusing on the smallest unit of government, the village, Kemitraan is working to enhance kampong self-reliance and autonomy in the regencies of Jayapura, Pegunungan Bintang, Jayawijaya, Mimika, and Keerom in order to accelerate the development and improve community well-being in Papua.
The project achieved to develop various modules to assist in institutionalizing village governance. Utilizing such modules, Kemitraan conducted training of trainers to Heads of Sub-Regents and Heads of Villages of Oksibil and Kalomdol. These Heads of Sub-Regents and Heads of Villages are expected to become the trainers in their respective sub-regencies and villages. In cooperation with the Center for Local Democracy (Center for Lead) in Yogyakarta, Kemitraan delivered customized workshops for 90 participants to build basic competencies in village governance for the Heads and Secretaries of villages.
Kemitraan supports village autonomy and community empowerment through agro-forestry management, and land management, in the Regencies of Pegunungan Bintang, Jayawijaya, Mimika, Kaimana and Keerom. A Memorandum of Understanding with the provincial governments were established to strengthen relationship between Kemitraan and those regencies. The program has produced one agroforestry model covering approx 2 ha at Wenekabaga Village Kabupaten Jayawijaya, 2 models each covering 1 – 1,5 ha at Kutdol Village and Dabolding Village Kabupaten Pegunungan Bintang, 1 model covering approx 2 ha at Limau Asri Village Kabupaten Mimika, and 2 models at Kabupaten Kaimana each covering approx 5 ha (Tanggaromi Village) and 1 ha at Coa Village.
|Project name||:||Support for Papua’s Empowerment and Economic Development (SPEED)|
|Source of funds||:||the Netherlands|
|Project duration||:||December 2009 – December 2013|
|Geographical focus||:||Papua and West Papua|
CFL, Lintas (Lembaga Studi dan Penguatan Komunitas Papua), YABMY, IFGI, MoHA, State Administrative Agency, Universitas Cenderawasih
|Beneficiaries||:||Provincial Government of Papua, Jayapura Regency, Jayawijaya Regency, Mimika Regency, Pegunungan Bintang Regency, and Local Civil Society Organization|
|Responsible Kemitraan Officer||:||Cucu Suryaman|
|Responsible Kemitraan Unit||:||Democratic & Justice Governance (DJG)|