7 August 2019 | PAPUA – Entering the second phase of project implementation, LOCALISE SDGs focuses its capacity building activities on the implementation of SDGs in local level. After second National Training organised in Jakarta (July 2019), this first local training of the new phase was conducted in Papua, eastern province of Indonesia, based on the LOCALISE SDGs baseline survey (conducted in 2018), and is now in the stage of coordination process for team establishment. Various stakeholders attending the workshop: local government officials, academicians, private sectors, and civil societies, such as  Papua Central Statistical Bureau, Local Office of Information and Communication, Local Office of Logistic, Local Office of Transportation, University of Cendrawasih, Papua Chapter of Indonesia Chamber of Commerce, Papua Chapter of State-Owned Public Broadcasting Television Network (TVRI Papua) and other local officials such as Jayawijaya and Deiyai District Planning Agency. LOCALISE SDGs Team designated two exercises throughout the capacity building activity.

The first exercise conducted was integrated assessment. This exercise encouraged participants to learn and analyse the connectivity of SDGs using thematic visual tools and SDGs Memory Card (produced by UCLG ASPAC and UCLG). One of the visual tools used is dryland.  Participants showed their enthusiasm to know direct links between dryland and SDGs: Goal 1 (No Poverty), Goal 2 (Zero Hunger), Goal 6 (Water and Sanitation), and Goal 13 (Climate Action), and indirectly Goal 17 (Global Partnership).  On the other hand, participants also got a clear picture about connectivity between goals.


The second exercise was SDGs success story writing practice.  Through this particular exercise, participants were guided to identify city’s success story and link it to one of 17 goals. The success story was chosen based on various criteria used by UCLG Learning and Association of Indonesia Municipalities (APEKSI).  Those criteria are no one left behind (basic principle of SDGs), integrated, partnership-based approach, levelling governance, accountability, legal basis and two years implementation.

The objective of this activity is not only to have systematic documentation, but also as an effort to learn and understand the key element of success and failure of every programme, replication identification, and opportunity for cooperation. As some success stories were brought up by participants themselves, they could see their programme from different perspectives, such as Pioneer Transportation in Serui City of Yapen District (Goal 9), Tourism Development in Sentai Lake and Asmat District (Goal 8), and Healthy Toilet in Jayawijaya District (Goal 6).

Participants from State Owned Transportation Enterprise said that the capacity building activity helped him to understand SDGs and their relations to his works.  Other participant from Papua Chapter of Indonesia Chamber of Commerce was interested to have the same training approach for her work with Ministry of Villages, Disadvantaged Region, and Transmigration in Papua. On the other hand, from the training, the LOCALISE SDGs Team gain insight on the need of multi-stakeholder partnership forum in local level to make sure that all related stakeholders are contributing to SDGs implementation in Papua.

UCLG ASPAC, APEKSI, and LOCALISE SDGs Team thank the Governor of Jayapura for hosting this capacity building activity in his office complex and for the high enthusiasm of all participants. We are looking forward to contributing and cooperating more with local governments in the upcoming local training!