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Jakarta Post

Rural development program breeds Papua complacency

  • Nethy Dharma Somba

    The Jakarta Post

Jayapura   /   Wed, November 18 2009   /  01:13 pm

The granting of Rural Development Strategic Program (Respek) funds worth Rp 100 million (US$10,000) to each village in Papua would encourage complacency as Papuans would rely on handouts without earning a living, seminar participants said. "I believe the Respek funds would be a crutch for Papuans and it could become a ticking time bomb for unempowered Papuans," Spey Bidana, a Pegunungan Bintang regency representative in the first Papua International Biodiversity Convention, said Monday during the seminar. Bidana said he was concerned about distributing the funds to the villages without having first educated the villagers on how to allocate it beneficially. "The government has to set up special training programs for the people before providing them with the funds. Without training, the recipients would not be in a position to best make use of the funds," he said. "It c...