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West Papua: A Grassroots Perspective on Micro-enterprise Development and Civic Participation

Drug store in Indonesia. (jogales/Flickr)

Drug store in Indonesia. (jogales/Flickr)

Trickle Up Program

Background

Since 1979, Trickle Up has worked with local Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) to alleviate poverty by supporting micro-enterprise development. The program currently operates in 31 countries. Trickle Up targets people at the lowest income levels with business capital in the form of conditional grants of $100 that is disbursed in two $50 installments. The grant is targeted at the poorest and most disadvantaged families, who do not qualify for loans, are risk-averse, or live in communities where there are no credit alternatives to the local moneylender. Trickle Up's micro-enterprise program is delivered by local partners - indigenous NGOs or CBOs who provide development services to their communities.

Trickle Up in West Papua

Trickle Up has been coordinating a micro-enterprise project funded by USAID ($538,000) in West Papua since November 1999. During this period Trickle Up, with the assistance of 15 local NGOs / Project Partners, has helped 3,000 West Papuan families to either start or expand a small business. The two main goals of the project are to increase the capacity of local Papuan NGOs and the level of civic participation of the Papuan community through micro-enterprise development.

At the beginning of the project, a network of 15 locally based Project Partners from the Jayapura, Jayawijaya, Biak, Manokwari and Merauke regions was established. This network meets in Jayapura every three months to evaluate and develop strategies to improve project implementation and receive specialized training in micro-enterprise development techniques, including business management, establishing savings and loans groups, marketing and feasibility studies. In addition the Project Partners also received training in organizational development topics such as fund raising, financial management and community organizing. Strategy planning workshops have been conducted since September 2000 in preparation for the end of this project

The Project Partners are responsible for implementation of Trickle Up's micro-enterprise development program. The NGOs have learned to select and train clients using a poverty assessment tool, disburse grants for business start-up, track progress through client monitoring, and report on results.