Indonesian Philanthropy Festival (FIFEST) National Good Practices: Harnessing the Power of Local Philanthropy

Jakarta, November 16, 2018 - The image of the district government is currently considered not good by the community. Besides that, the trust between the community, the private sector and the government is not that well either. Lingkar Temu Kabupaten Lestari (LTKL) was established to change that. In its implementation, LTKL seeks to encourage 3 aspects including Sustainable Development Goals / SDGs, reduced emissions, and the most important thing is the open government. This is related to improving the trust in the district government.

Several main aspects that will be carried out include empowering farmers and the community, preventing disasters, and conservation & restoration. Beni Hernedi, Vice Regent of Musi Banyuasin who is also the Chairman of Lingkar Temu Kabupaten Lestari said, "At present Musi Banyuasin (Muba) is pushing for changes in the pattern of collaboration between parties through two things. First, an open and transparent crowdfunding pattern. For example, raising funds for Sigi district and raising funds for one of the Muba communities, Isrok. Second, the pattern of Blended finance for shared priority topics. For example, sustainable commodities which focus on farmers with activities including determining the zones. Another example is the balance between plantations and botanical gardens, mapping up, and improvement of expertise so that farmers can become entrepreneurs in the future. "

Regarding philanthropy issues, there are several important keys in order to be able to implement blended finance. First, the government and all parties must be committed and open. Second, planning must be made together. And third, reports are accessible to all. "It is hoped that in the future collaboration with philanthropists in Indonesia can also be encouraged in Muba and LTKL members on a plan basis, especially, for Sustainable Development Goals to be compiled and designed together so that the impact can be even greater, "said Beni Hernedi hopefully.

The views of LTKL were expressed at the 2018 Indonesian Philanthropy Festival (FIFEST), which was routinely held by the Association of Indonesian Philanthropy. The event which was held every 2 years presented various innovations from various philanthropic activities in Indonesia and Asia. In FIFEST 2018, effective strategies in building the capacity of philanthropic institutions in Indonesia in achieving Sustainable Development Goals were also shared.

LTKL as a collaboration forum of District Governments in Indonesia in order to realize sustainable development participated in FIFEST 2018. LTKL represented by Beni Hernedi, became one of the speakers at the plenary session with headline "National Good Practices: Harnessing the Power of Local Philanthropy.

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