We believe that the community has just as much to teach us, as they can learn from us. For this reason, community tours are planned to be part of the conference programme, allowing participants to immerse themselves in the community and learn more about successful community engagement projects in Bali, Indonesia.
The National Program for Community Empowerment Mandiri (PNPM Mandiri) is the Indonesian Government’s flagship community-based poverty alleviation program. The objective of the program is to improve people’s economic and social status and to expand their employment opportunities through community consultation, empowerment, and capacity building at the local level. PNPM Mandiri applies a Community Driven Development (CDD) approach, providing direct block grants (BantuanLangsungMasyarakat/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.
Bali is one of the PNPM Rural-targeted provinces. PNPM Rural has been implemented in Bali since 2003. In 2014, PNPM Rural is implemented in all areas in Bali. More than 60% of villagers in rural area participate in PNPM Rural activities, where 30% of participants are women and 50% of them are coming from the disadvantage group. In order to upgrade the capacity of local government in the sub-district and village levels, PNPM Rural have trained more than 3,500 villagers as village cadres (KPMD), 1,500 villagers as implementation team members (TPK), 2,500 villagers as a proposal writers, 120 villagers as a local facilitators (PL), and also trained 3,500
Mengwi is one of 6 sub-districts in Badung District. It has received more than IDR16 billion of block grants from PNPM Rural since 2003. More than 70% of the block grants have been used by community to develop and renovate small-scale infrastructures in their villages. There are 54 roads that have been built by community of Mengwi. Other infrastructures that have been built by villagers in Mengwi, are 33 schools, 14 irrigation tunnels/systems, 3 bridges, 3 water supply facilities. In Mengwi, there are 2 villages and sub-projects to be visited, these are Kuwum village and Sobangan village. We can see akindergarten, water supply, and concrete road in Kuwum village and a kindergarten, retaining wall for elementary school, and concrete road in Sobangan village.
Sukawati is one of 7 sub-districts in Gianyar which is known as the ‘Cultural’ district. Most of the community residents in Gianyar live from arts, for example as dancers, wood carver, and painter. Each village in Gianyar has their own products. Celuk in Sukawati sub-district, for example, is popular as a village that produces gold and silver jewelry, Batubulan with the stone carving, Singapadu with dances, Mas with wooden carving, Bone with lontarweaving, etc.
AsiaEngage is a regional platform formed to maximise the strengths of the Asia-Talloires Network of Industry and Community Engaged Universities (ATNEU), the ASEAN University Network (AUN) Thematic Network on University Social Responsibility and Sustainability (AUN-USR&S) and the ASEAN Youth Volunteer Programme (AYVP).
The First AsiaEngage Regional Conference was held on the 7-9 May 2012 with the theme: “Higher Education-Community-Industry Engagement: Forging Meaningful Partnerships across ASEAN and Asia”. This regional conference saw a participation of 270 engagement practitioners from Universities, Government Agencies, NGOs, Foundations and communities from 16 countries, across ASEAN, Asia and beyond.