Local Community Empowerment in The Special Autonomy Law in Papua Province



The establishment of the 2001 Special Autonomy Law in Papua Province is not exempted from
economic, political and socio-cultural problems. The law is intended to empower the people by
preserving their interests and upholding the basic rights of native Papuans. This research aims at
finding out a theoretical understanding on the forms of local community empowerment during the
implementation of special autonomy in Papua Province. The study is performed through a qualitative
approach with a phenomenological strategy. The research was conducted at a location in Jayapura.
Empirical data were obtained using the techniques of observation, in-depth interviews, and other
secondary data. The implementation of Special Autonomy in Papua Province has brought forth a
fundamental change in the approaches and policies of community development, particularly local
community empowerment that includes indigenous communities, women, and religion. Local
community empowerment in the economic and socio-cultural aspects represents the effort to improve
the welfare and sense of justice within the local community in development.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.18196/jgp.2012.0019

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