KATADATA in partnership with Ministry of Home Affairs to review 15 Years of PNPM Mandiri Rural Implementation which disscused PNPM Mandiri's efforts in order to free border areas from poverty. These articles are published every third week, starting June 2013, on Tempo magazine and www.katadata.co.id.
This August's article discussed some inspirational stories about PNPM Mandiri Rural di border areas, such as:
Reviving A Paralysed Village
PNPM Mandiri Perdesaan, which began 15 years ago as the Subdistrict Development Program (Program Pengembangan Kecamatan or PPK), has reached around 63,000 villages in 5,000 subdistricts. The majority of these funds have been used by communities to build village infrastructure. Over 15 years more than 100,000 infrastructure project have been constructed. This story describes how a village in Pakpak Bharat Distrcit, North Sumatera, finally escaped isolation.
Reviving the Solin Legacy
New infrastrcuture breathes life into the once deserted, isolated village of Majanggut II. Life in Majanggut without any roads, electricity of water supply, was very hard indeed. As village head, since 2007 Jamsen has been the driving force behind the village’s infrastructure development, with the help of annual funding from the national rural community empowerment program Program Nasional Pemberdayaan Masyarakat (PNPM) Mandiri Perdesaan.
Armed with Nothing But A Plastic Tent
To rebuild his village, Jamsen, village head of Majanggut II, was willing to live in a plastic emergency tent. One by one, the villagers were talked into coming "home". Every two or three days he would walk for four hours, carrying the produce from the gardens in Majanggut to the nearest market, 18 kilometres away. The journey was a gruelling one, through forest, bush, and ravines, some up to 20 metres deep. No Government officials ever visited the village because it was so difficult to get to.