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Showcasing Indonesia’s Village Innovation Program to a Global Audience

Friday, Nov 30, 2018 Author: M. Ikhwan Maulana Co-author: Hera Diani Bambang Soetono

The Minister of Villages, Disadvantaged Regions, and Transmigration, Eko Putro Sandjojo, (middle) with the panellists in Fourth High-Level Meeting on Country-Led Knowledge Sharing (Photo: The World Bank)
The Minister of Villages, Disadvantaged Regions, and Transmigration, Eko Putro Sandjojo, (middle) with the panellists in Fourth High-Level Meeting on Country-Led Knowledge Sharing (Photo: The World Bank)

 

 

The Indonesian Ministry of Villages, Disadvantaged Regions, and Transmigration (MoV) co-hosted become one of the speakers in the 4th High Level Meeting (HLM4) on Country-Led Knowledge Sharing: ‘Local Innovation as a Driver for Global Development’, 15-17th October 2018, in Bali—as part of the IMF-WB Annual Meetings.

The Ministry was there to showcase its national village innovation and knowledge-sharing platform—the Village Innovation Program (VIP)—to an audience of over 300 participants from 41 countries. Participants learnt about the steps Indonesia’s VIP program has taken to identify, document, share and replicate innovations across 74,957 villages. VIP is a program which combines introduction of the national knowledge sharing approach of innovation and support system at villages level so the quality of village development are improved and able to deliver services to the communities better.

Participants were particularly interested in the process for implementing knowledge-sharing on a national scale, and the potential for replication of Indonesia’s innovation model elsewhere. They were particularly interested on how VIP encourages villages to identify innovations, possibility to collaborate on intitutionalizing knowledge sharing to aid replication in other countries. A participant even praised the Government of Indonesia for having a special ministry dedicated to both village development and innovation.

Participant feedback echoed Minister Eko Putro Sandjojo’s desire that the forum showcases Indonesia’s village development model so that it can be adopted or replicated by other countries. Minister Sandjojo was a vocal member of the High-Level Panel on ‘Institutionalizing Knowledge Sharing: Pathways to Foster Local Innovation’.

As part of a ‘Knowledge Market Place’, the Ministry displayed a 1 by 1.5-meter book entitled How to Innovate in Villages Across the Country—this proved to be a major attraction of the forum. The 10-page book outlines how innovations at the villages are identified, documented, shared and replicated throughout Indonesia via the Village Innovation Program.

On the second day of the forum over 150 participants had the opportunity to directly observe a district-based Village Innovation Exchange (or Bursa Inovasi Desa) and visit innovative villages on a field trip within Bali.

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