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Indonesia Gets Electronic ID Cards

In 2010, Indonesia launched a pilot project to provide national identification number or electronic identification card (e-KTP) to around 172 million people (population above the age of 16 years)… Since the beginning of the Single Identity Number System over a year ago, approximately 0.15 million people have been issued the e-KTP. The

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Charitable religious organizations changing their role

“Religious charities in Indonesia are changing the way they conduct themselves. As an Islamic state, much of Indonesia’s charitable work is done by faith-based organizations in the country. However, the role and the type of work conducted by religious organizations, is changing to fit better with the times.

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SFG January 2011 pgs. 14-15
http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/SFG_Jan2011.pdf#pg=14

Elfahmi. “Empowerment of the Poor in Religion”. RETURN. 01 November 2010.
http://muttakhidulfahmi.com/archives/118

Wardana, Amika. “Religions decline and proliferate”. The Jakarta Post. 12 November 2010.
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2010/11/12/religions-decline-and-proliferate.html

Ali, Muhamad. ‘Role of religious philanthropy in reducing poverty’. The Jakarta Post. 19 June 2004.
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2004/06/19/role-religious-philanthropy-reducingpoverty.html

‘Muhammadiyah Empowers Rural Farmers’. Indonesian Philanthropy Project Blog. 04 April 2010.
http://www.hilmanlatief.net/2010/04/muhammadiyah-empowers-rural-farmers.html

‘Revitalizing Primary Health Care Country Experience: Indonesia’. South East Asian Regional
http://www.searo.who.int/LinkFiles/Conference_INO-13-July.pdf

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Community’s ‘fish bank’ model saving their biodiversity and fishing livelihoods

“The small initiatives taken by the Tomia fishermen community in the southeast of Sulawesi in Indonesia have succeeded in conserving the biodiversity of the area… Komunto, a community-based organization, was formed by fishermen from East Tomia and Wakatobi districts in Indonesia in response to the widespread coral damage of the Wakatobi National Park (WNP), primarily from fishing pressures. Approximately 100,000 people live within the boundaries of WNP; therefore local fishing pressure is high.

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SFG January 2011 pgs. 10-11
http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/SFG_Jan2011.pdf#pg=10

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Indonesia moving cocoa industry into production and not just resource extraction

“The Indonesian government plans to develop a value-added processing industry for cocoa in West Sulawesi. Indonesia is the third largest producer of cocoa in the world, after the Ivory Coast and Ghana. By 2013, the province aims to double its cocoa production to 300,000 tons from its 2010 production of 147,000 tons. The cocoa processing industry, however, is still small in Indonesia. More than 70% of cocoa seeds are exported to foreign companies like Cargill, ADM Cocoa, Aramjaro and Ecom Cocoa.

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Indonesia full steam ahead with coal-bed methane exploration

“With a potential of 453 trillion cubic feet, Indonesia has one of the largest CBM [coal-bed methane] reserves in the world. By 2015, Indonesia aims to increase its total CBM production to 100 million cubic feet per day and by 2020, to 500 million cubic feet per day. Foreign petroleum giants like BP and ExxonMobil have entered the country‟s CBM sector.

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Vertical farming newly introduced to Indonesia

Facing with increasing food prices, urban agriculture, including vertical farming is taking off in Indonesia.

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UK & Australia Gov'ts Support Social Entrepreneurship in SE Asia

"The Philippines government launched the Philippines-Australia Community Assistance Program (PACAP), aiming to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development partly through social entrepreneurship. The program was set up as a grant and mentoring program to help community entrepreneurs develop their community development projects. PACAP has worked with over 500 NGOs and grass-roots organizations to support over a thousand community-based projects, benefiting 250,000 poor people. During its last phase (2005 - 2010) PACAP funded almost 500 more projects.

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Noviscape, June 2011, page 15: http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/Noviscape_June2011#page=15


Hamm, Steve. Social Entrepreneurs Turn Business Sense to Good, Business Week, November 2008. Available at http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/08_49/b4111048005937.htm Accessed on 31 January 2011
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Nabia, Jovel O., Social Entrepreneurship in the Philippines, Business World. October 2010. Available at http://www.bworldonline.com/main/content.php?id=19157 Accessed on 31 January 2011
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http://www.changefusion.org

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Citizen Oversight of Government Spending via Mobile Phones and Social Media in Indonesia

"In Kupang, a city in West Timor, Indonesia, a civil group cooperates with a local newspaper and women in the villages to monitor budget spending in each village and also give feedback on local government policies, using mobile SMS and Facebook. Public policy is summarized and posted on printed newspaper, and people give feedback via SMS or Facebook. Selected comments are published in the printed newspaper."

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Gender Disparities in Wages, Work and Vocational Training in Indonesia

There is are large gender disparities in the work world in Indonesia. These disparities are also present in the vocational education system, and they may ultimately make the government push towards vocational education ineffective.

Work world:
"The wage structure of women workers has increased, [but] it is still significantly lower, 78% of what men make on an average."

"The unemployment rate for women is higher than that of men. In 2009, the unemployment rate for women was 8.47% as compared to that of men at 7.5%."

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SFG June 2011, page 14:
http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/SFG_June 2011.pdf#page=14

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Diasporas Define Singapore's Cultural, Economic Character (and threaten it's national sovreignty)

Singapore is profoundly shaped by both the Singaporean diaspora around the world, and the many diasporic communities from other countries that settle in Singapore.

According to Noviscape, July 2011, the government has recognized the power of the Singaporean diaspora and is attempting to leverage it.

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Noviscape_July2011 page 5, 6, 7:
http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/Noviscape_July2011.pdf#page=5
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