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    The National Program for Community Empowerment Mandiri (PNPM Mandiri) is a national program within the overall policy framework established to implement poverty alleviation programs, such as PNPM Rural which began in 1998 as Kecamatan Development Program (KDP) and PNPM Urban began in 1999 as the Urban Poverty Program (UPP).  PNPM Mandiri was launched by the Government of Indonesia in Palu, Central Sulawesi, on 30 April 2007. 

    The National Program for Community Empowerment Mandiri (PNPM Mandiri) is the Indonesian Government’s flagship community-based poverty alleviation program. PNPM  Mandiri uses a Community Driven Development (CDD) approach, providing direct block grants (Bantuan Langsung Masyarakat/BLM) to local communities at the sub-district level to finance an open menu of local development priorities – typically small-scale social/economic infrastructure, education and health activities, and micro-loans to women’s savings groups – implemented with mechanisms to ensure broad-based participation and transparency.

    The objective of the program is to improve economic and social welfare of the poor and expand their employment opportunities through community consultation, empowerment, and capacity building at the local level. Using the bottom up mechanism, the community is directly involved in the process. The central idea of the program is empowering communities where they also have independent and collective authority in deciding, and managing development acivities, and hold authorities accountable to ensure better development results.

    PNPM is the world’s largest CDD program, with a nationwide coverage of more than 70,000  rural villages (covered through PNPM Rural) and urban wards (covered through PNPM Urban) in 32 of Indonesia’s 33 provinces.  As a “laboratory” of learning, PNPM has also been helpful to other countries in terms of offering lessons learned and innovative practices for adaptation to other contexts.