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[INSIGHT] Village SDGs backbone of national development

  • A. Halim Iskandar

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, November 16, 2020   /  10:16 pm
[INSIGHT] Village SDGs backbone of national development Field work: Farmers use tractors to plow rice fields in Belanti village in the Central Kalimantan regency of Pujang Pisau, which the government has designed as a food estate, on Sept. 4. Agriculture is one of few sectors that has grown amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Antara/Makna Zaezar)

The world acknowledges the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as one of the most comprehensive products the United Nations has ever created, consisting of all aspects of development, and Indonesia has adopted and formalized them through Presidential Regulation (Perpres) No. 59/2017. Unfortunately, the country’s performance in its efforts to meet the SDGs has not improved much since. Indonesia currently ranks 101st out of the 116 states party to the initiative, down from 98th in 2016. What has been missing from the spotlight, perhaps, is the fact villages have contributed 74 percent of the nation’s SDG achievement. Villages truly play a pivotal role as they serve as the backbone of the national SDG effort. But ironically, villages have often been excluded from action plans and from the measurement of national SDG indicators. Notwithstanding the variety of developmen...