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An unlikely source of peace from the deep waters of Indonesia

Against an idyllic backdrop of crystal clear waters, a group of fishermen gather on a recent morning to collect seaweed in Halmahera Island, once the scene of severe  sectarian violence. To an outsider, seaweed may seem to be only a likely source of income for fishermen but within this rem more

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The Search for Clean Alternative Energy in Indonesia

Sitting outside his barn in the East Java town of Lumajang, a farmer proudly tells a story of how manure changed his life for the better. With support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), 45-year old Sukaningoyo has turned manure into biogas, an unlikely source of income, electricit more

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Building Indigenous Papuan entrepreneurship skills

Yuliana Pigai travels each day with her husband to the Jayapura traditional market to earn a daily wage to keep her family afloat. Her inventory is vast, but she admits she has no idea how much money she earns. “For more than 12 years running the business, I have never had any bookkeeping. I never k more

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Fighting Illiteracy in Indonesia’s Papua region

Seated in a circle, some children from the coastal village of Sarmi, Papua, throw betel nuts to its centre.  Others weave colored ropes into shapes as they learn simple math from their teacher.   These children are enrolled in an early education programme that blends the national curr more

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Meeting Challenges in Indonesia’s Papua Region

Decked out in a chicken feather hat and a western football garb, Dernus  Jikwa carries a bunch of sweet potato leaves on his left arm to feed an army of furry rabbits inside a wooden cage. “People come and buy these rabbits…they use them for food and rituals …,” the father of two said excitedly more

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Tackling poverty by adapting climate change in Indonesia

Singing to the tune of gospel, housewife Firderika Tanone casually put a handful of black charcoal powder into a manual stamping tool. She then pressed down the metal handle to produce a cylinder-shaped briquette in an instant. Several other women mixed the charcoal powder with maize as they sang in more

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