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Boot Straps in Need of a Lift

Bali Government Launches Program for Poverty Eradication in Islandís Poorest Villages

(1/6/2012) Beritabali.com reports that the provincial government of Bali has launched a Bali Mandara Coordinated Movement for Village Development (Gerakan Pembangunan Desa Terpadu - Gerbang Sadu) aimed at accelerating improvements in Bali’s poorest villages.
According to records kept by the provincial government, 82 (11.6%) of Bali's 706 villages are categorized as poor or as villages with at least 35% of its residents living below the poverty line.

Bali’s Governor Made Mangku Pastika told the press on Tuesday, January 3, 2012, that as a first step he will choose five villages as “pilot projects” and each allocated Rp. 1 billion (US$111,000). These funds will then be used to energize local residents to improve the economic standing of the local village.

“For example, what does it mean to energize the village economy? The (poor) villagers are unable to do much because they have no capital, they have no expertise, and they have nothing. We give them capital and we guide them, we help,” explained the Governor.

Pastika said the villages that would be prioritized for financial assistance are in the regencies of Karangasem, Buleleng and Klungkung. It is hoped that the formulation for the programs for village development will come directly from the people who live in those villages.