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Conflict in the past has degraded local communities’ ability to: live peacefully, generate their own incomes in a normal way, and improve their local business for livelihood development.

To address these issues, in 2007, YBUL collaborated with IOM (International Organization for Migration) in implementing a two years community-led livelihood development project under the Support for Conflict-Affected Communities Project (SCACP) in the districts of Bener Meriah and Aceh Tengah, which encouraged communities to define their future in a conflict-free environment. By the end of project implementation, SCACP had established a solid foundation that:

1) Encouraged people from various backgrounds—ethnic, religious, political—to come together in safe and trusting environments;

2) Increased communities’ confidence and ability to access available resources to build their future; and

3) Helped promote conflict-free environments as an enabling condition for implementing local economic development programs.


Based on previous experiences, YBUL would like to build on its work and continue increasing local capacity to improve livelihood; an interest shared by local government and reflected in the district’s Mid-term Development Plan (Rencana Pembangunan Jangka Menengah, RPJM).The RPJM includes:

  1. Provision of essential capital (e.g., seeds) for developing local economies;

  2. Supporting community-led, participatory development programs through provision of technical assistance and training opportunities for shared learning exercises on important local sector development programs;

  3. Creating new initiatives for developing alternative energy and or energy efficiency; and

  4. Building local capacity for planning and developing a set of selected community-led livelihood development projects.

The Bupati of Bener Meriah has indicated his full support for the  continuation of YBUL’s work especially in regards to his desire to  turn his district into an “Organic District”. Ab out 80% of the  eastern part of Bener Meriah is dominated by agricultural  products, such as coffee; while the western sub-districts—Pintu  Rime Gayo and Timang Gajah—are largely involved with rice  production, and livestock and fisheries. It is in these two heavily  conflict-affected sub-districts that YBUL will concentrate its  efforts.

On February 23, 2010, YBUL entered an agreement with SERASI/USAID in implementing the one year Strengthening Community Development Initiatives project for Bener Meriah district. Three key activities are on the agenda:

  1. Holding a community convention which is aimed at building consensus on priority problems related to livelihood development, and obtaining commitments on ways to resolve these problems;

  2. Establishing a community learning center (CLC) in Simpang Layang village, Bener Meriah, which serves as a center for supporting and promoting community livelihood development efforts, especially in agriculture, livestock and fishery sectors; and

  3. Together with selected communities planning and implementing community development projects.

CLC will become the primary project focus, and is designed to be sustainable through a self-sustaining organization.  Services provided by CLC include: provision of training programs, technical assistance, organic agricultural seedlings, organic agricultural fertilizer and pesticides, appropriate technology expertise, etc.


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YBUL is a non-profit organization in Jakarta, established in 1993.

YBUL promotes community-based renewable energy development through collaborations and innovative solutions.

YBUL is experienced and specialized in promoting and implementing programs in:

Rural Electrification - Community Empowerment - Environmental Financing Mechanism - Clean Development Mechanism - Green Energy Development

More information? Please contact us by email ybul@ybul.or.id or phone: +62 21 720 6125


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