Norway and Sweden Help Finance Indonesia’s LEAD Program

The Legal Empowerment and Assistance for the Disadvantaged (LEAD) program, focused on West Kalimantan, Maluku, North Maluku, Central Sulawesi and Southeast Sulawesi, to improve legal literacy levels and provide free legal assistance in Indonesia, is financed by the governments of Norway and Sweden in cooperation with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), reported on 3 August, 2007.
The result of the project which will run from the year 2007 until the year 2010, would address problems in Indonesia’s most marginalized, conflict-torn and low-development-indexed regions. Also, it will be used as a basis for tackling access to justice in the country’s next mid-term national development plan for the year 2010 to the year 2014
Prasetijono Widjojo, Deputy Minister for poverty, manpower and small and medium enterprises at Bappenas said, the project would run parallel to the government’s public empowerment program, which attempts to boost local economies and ensure access to basic needs.

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