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Developing a capacity building methodology on women’s land rights, in contexts of customary laws, cultures, state laws and religious interpretations

WLUML-IWE: Women Reclaiming and Redefining Cultures (WRRC) Program End of Project Narrative Report

 

Date: 27 Dec 2010

Project Reference Number: WIPR 04.09-10

 

  • Project Name : Developing a capacity building methodology on women’s land rights, in contexts of customary laws, cultures, state laws and religious interpretations
  • Project Location : Jakarta, West Sumatera, Nusa Tenggara Barat
  • Start and End date of Project (original schedule) : 15/03/2010 ; 15/11/2010
  • tart and End date of Project (revised schedule requested) : Started on 15/03/2010 ; ended on 30/11/2010 (based on approval of SCN’s request submitted on September 29, 2010)
  • Organization Name : Semarak Cerlang Nusa – Consultancy Research and Education for Social Transformation (SCN – CREST)
  • Organization Address : Jl. Masjid Al-Ridwan No.39D Jati Padang, Pasar Minggu, Jakarta Selatan 12540
  • Organization Telephone : (+62) 21- 7815679

 

Contact Person:

  • Name                 : Sri Wiyanti Eddyono
  • Title                   : Cheir
  • Telephone          : (+62) 8122695993
  • Email                  : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Address              : Jl. Masjid Al-Ridwan No. 39D Jati Padang, Pasar Minggu, Jakarta Selatan 12540

 

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4. The project participants

In Pariaman West Sumatera, the beneficiaries are 25 people:

  • 18 women project participants from 5 villages/nagari (Pakasai, Teluk, Bungin, Palak Aneh, and Padusunan) Pariaman District – West Sumatera Province: as project participants, they benefitted directly from their participation in the project in the following ways: they can resolve their WIPR cases by themselves using collective strategies.
  •  7 stakeholders: 2 women (Board of ‘Bundo Kandung’ Pariaman District, involved as participants in two WIPR workshops at Pariaman) and 5 men (traditional and religious leaders from Pakasai village, Gadur village, and Teluk village, involved as participants in two WIPR workshops at Pariaman); although they were not direct project participants, the benefits they derived included they have new knowledge on WIPR issues in the contexts of progressive interpretations of customary laws, religious laws and state laws.

 

In Lombok Nusa Tenggara Barat, the beneficiaries were 57 people who could be identified and several others who could not be identified:

  • Project participants: 6 paralegal activists (5 women, 1 man); 6 religious leaders (all men); 5 traditional leaders (all men); as project participants, they benefitted directly from their participation in the project in the following way: they understanding increased; their understanding can use as strategy to support women to gain their rights of inheritance and ownership of land on women’s to inheritance and ownership of land and other property in the progressive interpretation of religious laws, customary laws and state laws.
  • Stakeholders: 9 women who have inheritance cases resolved by 5 project participants; 31 participants of WIPR transformative socialization sessions that were conducted at Dasan Carmen village Mataram; as well as several others who participated in the WIPR transformative socialization sessions at Mambalan Villages who could not be identified.12 The benefits that these stakeholders derived from the project included: The 9 women who have WIPR cases assisted to handle their cases by 17 participants above; the 31 benefits have new knowledge on WIPR issues.

 

5. Change of plans and supporting factors that make a project successful

 

Some activities were not conducted according to the original work plan. In particular, a key lesson learnt was that the work plan cannot be based on urban experiences if the project is going to be conducted in villages.

 

As a result, SCN's work plan, drafted in Jakarta, did not take into consideration that villagers cannot participate in non-religious activities during Ramadan (9 August - 9 September) and Lebaran (10 - 20 September). This caused an unexpected delay in project implementation because no meetings or workshops could be organized in the two project sites in NTB and W. Sumatera. SCN and the local field coordinators have had to reschedule the two training workshops that are needed to complete the project to October and November.

 

Although this was not done consciously to exclude rural experiences, but assumptions about the applicability of urban experiences were not questioned. Because of the unexpected delay caused by the mismatch between urban and rural experiences, SCN has made a request to the WRRC Program Manager for an extension to complete the project by 20 November with the final report will be submitted on 30 November.

 

The fall in the value of the Euro caused a delay in team formation as local field coordinators did not think that the amounts allocated to their project sites were adequate for the planned activities. As a result, a longer time than expected was taken with negotiations about the budget. This led, in turn, to a delay in the contracting of the local field coordinators who also had to do a lot of multi-tasking as the budget was not enough to recruit as many people as they wanted. Another difficulty caused by the fall in the value of the Euro is that there is only a small amount available for producing capacity building materials. This has caused delays because SCN now has to think of more economical ways to produce materials that are useable by village women.

 

Another unexpected delay caused by the fall in the value of the Euro means that the human resources who could be paid to work on the project were also reduced, which lengthened the time needed to carry out some activities, as they needed to do a lot of multi-tasking. For example, instead of hiring a professional illustrator or audio-visual technician, the work of producing capacity building materials that are user-friendly had to be done by SCN personnel themselves. This requires more multi-tasking by them, as they also have to handle many other projects, and therefore needed more time to complete the work.

 

6. The potential long impact

A key achieved result of SCN’s capacity building project is the formation of committed local teams in two project sites – Nusa Tenggara Barat and West Sumatera. Measures taken by SCN to ensure sustainability of this achieved result are:

  • In West Nusa Tenggara, this project has built their capacity to handle cases concerning women’s inheritance and property rights that come to LBH APIK in NTB;
  • In West Sumatera, SCN is supporting the local field coordinator, her colleagues and one women’s local group in Teluk village Pariaman, with most of members of this group involved in the WIPR project. The group will continue to be concerned about WIPR issues.

 

Another achieved result is mobilizing project beneficiaries to engage collectively on WIPR issues. Measures taken by SCN to ensure sustainability are:

  • In West NTB, SCN has catalyzed religious leader, customary leaders and paralegal activist to be concerned about women’s inheritance and property rights, so that they have themselves formed a religious-customary group to address this issue that did not previously exist;
  • In West Sumatera, SCN is building long-term relationships with village women in their struggle for land rights.

 

A potential achieved result that may be sustained to some extent is getting support for the project from other local authorities who are not directly involved in the project, such as village head and other village officials, religious leader, customary leaders, policy makers, decision makers. The measure taken to develop sustainability is that local field coordinators are communicating regularly with these to ensure that they are well informed of the issues.

 

7. Planning to share a newly gained insights

SCN has a fairly good track record in increasing the capacity of women and other local groups to assert their rights to gender equality. To disseminate the results of this project, SCN plans to raise further funds to provide simple publications, such as leaflets, factsheet, a booklet or even a short audio-visual documentary. If there is enough time and money, a seminar or workshop would be conducted first, to get inputs, prior to the production and dissemination of these products.

 

8. Lessons learn

During the process we found 3 lessons learnt:

  •  The planning of project activities should match with the local tradition (example, faces a habit of pasting of Ramadan and Idul Fitri)
  • To manage a short time project is needed a good work plan more details and measurable
  • Precisely to predict of the value of Euro

 

9. A copy of project evaluation

Evaluation in process based on process coordinated by the WIPR WG

 

10. A copy of financial report.

 

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Additional Info

  • Publication Type: Research Report
  • Topic: Gender analysis

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