Assistance by the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security to the project “Realizing Minimum Living Standards for Disadvantaged Communities through Peace Building and Village Based Economic Development” in Indonesia

January 9, 2009

  1. On January 9th, the Government of Japan and the United Nations (UN) decided to extend assistance totalling 2,165,595.00 US dollars (approximately 244.71 million yen) through the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security to a project entitled “Realizing Minimum Living Standards for Disadvantaged Communities through Peace Building and Village Based Economic Development” in the Republic of Indonesia, which is going to be implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the International Labour Organization (ILO).
     
  2. Due to the destruction caused by the conflict from 1999 to 2004, Maluku Province has been suffering from poverty and 400,000 people got displaced. The Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and host communities are facing the urgent need to rebuild and strengthen communities in order to prevent future conflict. The project aims at securing peace and promoting poverty alleviation for smooth transition from conflict to peace. The following activities are going to be implemented:
    • Forming Village Productivity Groups (VPGs) and empowering their members to promote ownerships and ensure long-term sustainability;
    • Providing VPGs with craft skills and technologies for adding values to products and increasing access to markets to increase local income and to strengthen local economy;
    • Conducting trainings in order to empower local communities to design and implement locally-driven economy development programmes;
    • Assisting implementation of community-driven participatory assessments on social-economic and peace status, various trainings and counselling in order to mitigate the risk of conflict;
    • Organizing workshops and seminars to raise awareness on hygiene and health.
  1. This project is expected to rebuild and promote local economy and thus contribute to social cohesion and reconciliation in Maluku Province.
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