West Papua Future Vision: A Comprehensive Overview and Analysis

West Papua

Being a province in eastern Indonesia takes work. West Papua has faced various challenges since its inception. The integration of Papua itself has become a historical record for Indonesia.

However, this does not mean that this province must continue to live in poverty and underdevelopment.

If you look at the current conditions, this province looks stretched with various programs launched by the local government.

Safe and Conducive Conditions

Conflicts in Papua involving the Armed Criminal Group and government officials still occur frequently.

The conflict resolution carried out by the government for a long time has yet to show significant results.

Learning from the handling of conflicts in other regions, the Government of Indonesia must be more careful in choosing the means.

And methods of law enforcement that will be carried out to reconcile Papua and West Papua.

Acts of violence committed will provoke other violence. Changing the term “Free Papua Organization” to “Armed Criminal Group” is smart.

The government is trying to downplay the rebels’ status as a group that is not systematically organized.

In simple terms, there are several short-term steps that the central government should take.

First, enforce the law on racist acts against the Papuan people. Second, the central and local governments must apply for human rights enforcement programs.

Third, organize an equal-participatory dialogue between the government and community representatives.

The government must accommodate all groups’ aspirations while considering the main corridors by applicable regulations.

Food Sufficiency and Security

Geographical conditions in West Papua that are still fertile allow agricultural activities to develop well.

Thus, it is expected that agricultural production, especially food crops, can increase from time to time and meet the food needs of the people in this area.

Food security must be an innovative and sustainable program. This province continues to be on the verge of the poverty line.

The potential for natural resources is abundant, and many still need to be maximized.

Proper land management by the potential of the land can produce crops that are as expected by land cultivators.

Strengthening potential abandoned land utilization activities can be an annual program design.

This activity will increase availability and consumption. Furthermore, as well as sales for these commodities help to improve community nutrition.

The West Papua Provincial Government should initiate a family food self-sufficiency movement for each household.

Each village can be encourage to utilize the potential of existing abandone land for community food security and independence and food diversification base on local resources.

Improving the Quality of Education

Geographical conditions that are still difficult to transport impact access and quality of education. Many students and teachers have to walk tens of kilometers to school. They even have to cross rivers.

Limited educational facilities must receive immediate attention. West Papua must have an education service model based on the division of regions in Papua.

Based on the categories of difficult access, sufficient access and easy access.

For difficult access areas, it is necessary to strengthen elementary, junior and senior high schools by adding curriculum material according to the context in the Papua region.

Secondly, establishing small primary schools integrated with communities.

In order to improve education services in terms of teachers, one of the recommendations is to recruit graduates

Through cooperation with accredite teacher education institutions to be appoint as Contract Teachers.

Equitable Access to Health

The health problem in this province is the availability of human resources in the health sector of general practitioners, dentists, nurses, midwives, nutritionists and specialists.

In addition, the existence of health insurance is also still a government record.

The availability of both physical and non-physical resources is essential to meet the needs of the West Papua community in the long term.

The quality of service is also important to fulfill the main needs of the health sector. Not only physical quantity but also quality and credibility.