Gemawan Association will hold a Seminar and Workshop entitled “Strong Villages, Prosperous Communities: A Reflection on 3-year Implementation of the Village Law in West Kalimantan”. The event attended by the representatives of the village governments and community groups from all over West Kalimantan will be conducted at Grand Mahkota Hotel, Pontianak, Thursday (30/3).
Director of Gemawan, Laili Khairnur, stated that this activity is part of a series of village reforms carried out by Gemawan for Strong, Self-Subsistent and Independent Villages.
“On the other hand, a number of practices and even breakthroughs on the implementation of the Village Law have also been implemented in many regions in Indonesia, including in West Kalimantan.” she mentioned.
Laili continued, based on experiences and lessons have been learned from the processes of village assistance by Gemawan since 2001, it is important to create a learning space among the villages in an effort to accelerate village development so that this seminar and workshop event is important to be implemented
“The aim of this activity is as a reflection of the three years of Village Law implementation in West Kalimantan: challenges, obstacles and progress, and then as a process of sharing information, experiences and learning together among the villages in West Kalimantan.” she said.
In addition, she continued, it will also be a community consolidation to strengthen the acceleration strategy towards prosperous, self-sufficient and independent villages.
The various challenges mentioned above came up due to the different objective conditions among the villages categorized as underdeveloped and which have independently developed. The data reported by the Ministry of Village, Development of Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration shows that 52.79% of villages in Indonesia are categorized as underdeveloped villages. A number of 39,091 out of 74,093 villages in Indonesia are in poor condition. While in West Kalimantan, even as many as 8 (eight) regencies had been categorized as underdeveloped areas in 2015 to 2019 which were determined based on six criteria, namely the community’s economy, human resources, facilities and infrastructure, regional financial capacity, accessibility, and regional characteristics.
This activity is planned to be held at Grand Mahkota Hotel, Jalan Sidas Pontianak, on Thursday, 30th March 2017 from 08.00 to 12.30 WIB. It is planned that a number of guest speakers will attend, including from the Ministry of Village, Development of Disadvantaged Regions, the Department of Community and Village Empowerment of West Kalimantan Province, and the Regent of North Kayong, Hildi Hamid. (gef)