WLF provides conditional grants to local organizations/institutions to implement programs in Eastern Indonesia.
The three approaches to empowering our beneficiary communities are:
- Capacity building through the implementation of activities for beneficiaries to increase knowledge, awareness, and skills related to certain issues that advance the interests of sustainable development and for various stakeholders at village and district levels to strengthen participatory planning and budgeting for regional development.
- Building linkages through determined efforts to take advantage of formal and informal dialogue between various stakeholders at the village and district levels and by utilizing existing nodes or forums, whether established by the government, communities, or certain groups such as task forces, forums, associations, and more. In doing the two things above, there will be a special effort to take advantage of other learning opportunities as well as activities to share knowledge.
- Advocacy through engagement and ongoing collaboration between relevant stakeholders at village and district levels, including community or group-specific practitioners related to the regulatory framework and/or regulation on development issues of common concern and also to strengthen the ability of the village to manage village assets effectively, responsibly and sustainably in accordance with local community policies and needs.
WLF focuses on three main areas in the education sector, namely Early Childhood Education, Basic Literacy and Numeracy, and Vocational Education, using all three WLF approaches. In the context of education, program implementation emphasizes capacity building of educators, building relationships and linkages between stakeholders, utilizing existing platforms such as Teacher Working Groups and School Committees, and doing advocacy for the relevant government to strengthen the policy framework related to the three focus areas of WLF’s work in the education sector.
The programs implemented by WLF together with implementing partners are expected to contribute to the achievement of the 4th SDG, namely Ensuring Inclusive and Equitable Education and Increasing Lifelong Learning Opportunities for All, particularly in the following indicators:
- Indicator 4.1.1: Proportion of children and adolescents: (a) in grade 4, (b) at the end of primary school/grade 6, (c) at the end of junior high school/grade 9 who achieve the minimum proficiency standards in: (i) reading, (ii) mathematics;
- Indicator 4.1.1. (d): Gross Enrollment Rate (GER) for SD/MI/Equivalent;
- Indicator 4.2.2. (a): Gross Enrollment Rate (GER) for Early Childhood Education (PAUD).
WLF’s commitment to the health sector is centered on maternal and early childhood nutrition, particularly the First 1,000 Days of Life. The first 1,000 days, or the golden period, greatly affects the child’s ability to grow and develop according to their age and potential. The period is calculated from the conception to the age of 2 years. Adequate nutritional intake for pregnant women, breastfeeding, and responsive parenting patterns are important in this period. Lack of nutritional intake can cause delays in child development and the potential for malnutrition.
WLF will apply the same approach, namely: (1) strengthening the capacity of health workers, especially Posyandu cadres; (2) building relationships/networks and linkages between stakeholders through the use of forums while utilizing existing platforms such as the Posyandu Stunting Working Group (Pokja), and; (3) advocating for the government to strengthen the policy framework related to maternal and child nutrition.
Programs implemented by WLF together with implementing partners are expected to contribute to the achievement of the 2nd SDG, namely ending hunger, achieving food security and improved nutrition, and promoting sustainable agriculture, in particular on the following indicators:
- Indicator 2.1.1: Prevalence of Undernourishment.
- Indicator 2.2.1: Prevalence of stunting (short and very short) in children under five years of age/toddlers.
Marginal and vulnerable people generally live in low economic levels. This certainly affects the ability of families to meet the various needs of children, especially education and nutrition. In empowering communities in program areas, WLF prioritizes strengthening access to financial services and opportunities to increase income, including basic financial literacy in the program approach. We continue to use the three approaches, namely (1) strengthening the capacity of the community or community in the assisted villages, (2) building relationships and linkages between stakeholders by utilizing existing platforms such as the Southwest Sumba Tourism Development Communication Forum (FKP2S), Bumdes or cooperatives, and (3) advocating for the government to strengthen the policy framework related to community economic empowerment.
The programs implemented by WLF are expected to contribute to the achievement of the 8th SDGs, namely promoting sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all, particularly in the following indicators:
- Indicator 8.3.1. (a): Percentage of MSME access to financial services
- Indicator 8.9.1. (b): Number of domestic tourist visits
In implementing the program with implementing partners, WLF puts forward the importance of a supporting environment in the development process in WLF’s work area. This is carried out through activities that strengthen the capacity of development activists and actors, building relationships and linkages between stakeholders using existing platforms and networks such as FKP2S (Southwest Sumba Tourism Development Communication Forum, for the Sumba Tourism Village program), and conducting advocacy to strengthen the policy framework related to issues of concern to WLF so that government support for development practices will continue. In 2020 there was no special program related to the supporting environment.
However, WLF will work with implementing partners to ensure the creation of a supportive environment for development programs in WLF’s work areas through an approach to program design that not only encourages strengthening governance but also fosters regular interaction and collaboration between the government and other non-governmentstakeholders.