Research “Promoting Peace through Local Wisdoms in Conflict Areas in Maluku, Central Sulawesi and   West Kalimantan: Cooperation with Local Leaders, Journalist, Youth and Religious Activists”

The research was conducted in Ambon Maluku, Poso Central Sulawesi and Pontianak West Kalimantan. ICIP formed a research team that led by Alpha Amirrachman for more than three months from January to March 2006. ICIP’s research team conducted field work in these three areas and presented the findings of the research at the international workshop on peace and local wisdom. The title of research was “The Role of Local Wisdom in Peace Building Initiative in West Kalimantan, Maluku and Central Sulawesi: Unlearning the Violence”. The research attempted to uncover potential local wisdoms and practices in the three conflict areas namely Ambon, Poso and Pontianak. From the results of the fieldwork it could be concluded that the peace building process in the three areas supported by local mechanisms developed within society. The social cleavages formed during conflict were being slowly overdue to the development of communication through social institutions such as markets, schools, religious activities, discussion forums and dialogues. Some adat (local culture) institutions had also been reinvented by the locals to mitigate tensions and to generate closer social relationship between each other. This was to a large degree could support the communication beyond their own religious and ethnic boundaries, and then it was expected that peace would prevail. The research program was partnered with the European Commission (EC).

Training “Strengthening the Understanding of and Attitudes to Pluralism and Multiculturalism among Leaders of BKSPPI’s Pesantren in West Java”

The training was held in Taman Nasional Gunung Gede – Pangrango West Java on April 6 – 10 and attended by 32 participants from around 30 pesantrens in West Java. The four days training was facilitated by Ahmad Suaedy and Masruchah and joined by numerous prominent speakers such as Prof. Dr. Machasin of Post Graduate of UIN Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta, who talked on Islam perception on non Muslim, Lily Zakiyah Munir of Center for Pesantren and Democracy Studies (CEPDES) who spoke on Islam within diversity, Dr. Moeslim Abdurrachman of Al Maun Institute who spoke on multiculturalism tradition within pesanren and K. H. Hussein Muhammad of Fahmina Institute Cirebon who talked on equality between men and women in particular based on Islamic perspectives. The training program was partnered with AusAID.

Series of regular discussion to initiate a program on education within pesantren community

ICIP and Ford Foundation were keen to initiate a regular discussion to develop a program on education for pesantren community. The series of regular discussion started on April until May and the meetings took place in Ford Foundation office. The meetings invited numerous experts and prominent figures to exchange their views on the issues as well as suggestions and recommendations for the developing program. Both ICIP and Ford Foundation believe that education is the main key for transforming Indonesian to a better life by optimizing human resources and women’s roles in development. In Indonesia Islamic school (madrasah and pesantren) provide an educational service for village or poor communities. Generally pesantren and madrasah are in rural areas and thus accessible for rural communities. However speaking on the quality of Islamic schools it fails to meet the expectations although pesantren without a doubt has numerous potentials. Therefore ICIP and Ford Foundation strongly determine to create and develop a program that involve pesantren communities and transform them into agent of change and agent of influence.

The program is to target Islamic schools namely pesantren and madrasah as the main target and benefit from the program. With references and suggestions ICIP set up the programs to increase access and equity in education service, increase quality and relevance of education and governance and public accountability. The strategies and programs mainly focus on improving human resource and institution capacity building. Furthermore based on recommendations numerous activities are to be developed through conducting needs assessment, workshop seminars and trainings, providing subsidy to support the operational and school maintenance, providing education materials such as books, DVD’s, and others, providing instructional equipment such as computers, printers and other supporting tools, conducting in service training for those in charge in the program as well as conducting meetings for coordination, consultation and synchronization of program. The program is designed to be implemented for at least four years in order to achieve maximum result.

International seminar “Promoting Peace through Local Wisdoms in Conflict Areas in Maluku, Central Sulawesi and West Kalimantan: Cooperation with Local Leaders, Journalist, Youth and Religious Activists”

The international seminar was held at Hotel Bumi Wiyata Depok, April 25-26 inviting prominent resource persons from various countries such as South Africa, India, Thailand and Malaysia to share their experience and compare to Indonesia experience related to the main theme of the seminar. The seminar invited 33 participants from various backgrounds who concerned in peace and local wisdom. The seminar was divided into various topics namely: Local Wisdom and Peace; Approaches to Peace; Experiences in Multi Ethnics and Multi Religious Countries; Reconciliation and Peace Building: Experiences from Several Countries; Management of Peace: Indonesian and Thailand Experiences; The Role of Cultures and Religions in Promoting Peace; Management of Pluralism, Conflict Prevention, and Roles of Media and Religions. The speakers who joined the seminar were Dr. Ashgar Ali Engineer of India, Dr. Paul-Henri Bischoff of South Africa, Dr. Sukree Langputeh of Thailand, Dr. Kamarulzaman Askandar of Malaysia, Dr. John Haba, Dr. Thung Ju Lan, Dr. Riwanto Tirtosudarmo and Syamsu Rizal Panggabean from Indonesia. The seminar was partnered with the European Commission (EC).

Training “Promoting Peace through Local Wisdoms in Conflict Areas in Maluku, Central Sulawesi and   West Kalimantan: Cooperation with Local Leaders, Journalist, Youth and Religious Activists”

The training held in Hotel Taman Aer Puncak Bogor from June 5 – 8 involving 30 participants. The issues that covered were the role of media and religions in a multicultural society, religio-ethnic based conflict: roots, resolution and prevention, peace journalism and cross cultural dakwah. All participants were from the three conflict areas namely Poso, Ambon and Pontianak. All participants were picked based on tight considerations mainly those who concerned in peace building and conflict resolution that also closely worked and linked to the grass root community. The training saw a high level of attendance and participation and was well covered in media. Participants took the opportunity to share and exchange their experiences regarding on local wisdoms in resolving conflicts in their respective areas. The participants also undertook SWOT (Strength, Weakness, Opportunity and Threat) analysis of their regions in order to identify local wisdoms which could be use in further consolidating peace. A follow up to this also took place in the formation of plural community consisting of young journalists and young community leaders. The training program was partnered with the European Commission (EC).

Training “Strengthening the Understanding of and Attitudes to Pluralism and Multiculturalism among Leaders of BKSPPI’s Pesantren in West Java”

The training was organized by ICIP at Hotel Taman Aer on June 19 – 23 and participated by 32 participants coming from 32 pesantrens surrounding West Java. The training was facilitated by Masruchah and Ahmad Suaedy and invited numerous high profile speakers such as Prof. Dr. Machasin of Post Graduate of UIN Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta who talked on Islam Perception on non Muslim, Prof. Dr. Komaruddin HIdayat of Post Graduate of UIN Syarif HIdayatullah Jakarta, Dr. Moeslim Abdurrachman of Al Maun Institute Jakarta who talked on multiculturalism traditions within pesantren and K. H. Hussein Muhammad of Fahmina Institute Cirebon who spoke on equality between men and women based on Islamic perspectives. The training program was partnered with AusAID.

Working Group Discussions “Promoting Peace through Local Wisdoms in Conflict Areas in Maluku, Central Sulawesi and   West Kalimantan: Cooperation with Local Leaders, Journalist, Youth and Religious Activists”

The programs were conducted in Pontianak West Kalimantan on July 19, Ambon Maluku on July 20 and Tentena Central Sulawesi on July 25. Main theme of the discussion was dissemination of the importance of various local wisdoms in conflict areas. The topics that covered in the working group discussions were pluralism of cultures and the need for tolerance, the importance of local wisdoms, next inter-working groups visits, guidance on becoming peace builders and how to disseminate and practice local wisdoms to wider communities. The materials that used in the working group discussions were “Kearifan LOkal dan Perdamaian” by Prof. Dr. J. W. Ajawaila, “Kearifan Budaya Lokal: Sebuah Diskusi Kritis Peran Budaya Lokal Aset Membangun Maluku yang Arif dan Santun” by Drs. M. Nur Tawaile, “Penguatan Peran Kearifan Lokal untuk Perdamaian dalam Masyarakat Kalimantan Barat” by Ibrahim M. S., “Montambutana Pranata Resolusi Konflik atau Landasan Pelebaran Konflik antar Suku: Tinjauan Antropologi Politik terhadap Salah Satu Pranata Adat Suku Pamona di Sulawesi Bagian Tengah” by Dr. George Yunus Aditjondro and “Penguatan Peran Local Wisdoms” by Yustinus Hoke. The WGD program was partnered with the European Commission (EC).

Workshop Evaluation and Reflection “Strengthening the Understanding of and Attitudes to Pluralism and Multiculturalism among Leaders of BKSPPI’s Pesantren in West Java”

The workshop was held in order to measure and evaluate the outcome of the program. It held in August 14 – 15 at Hotel Bumi Wiyata Depok and invited 25 participants who previously joined the trainings. The participants were chosen based on tight criteria in particularly their shifted understanding and attitudes as well as contribution to their pesantren and communities related to diversity and multiculturalism. In the two days of evaluation the participants were asked and encouraged to share and exchange their views and experiences before and after joining ICIP program. The program was facilitated by Masruchah and Ahmad Suaedy and as the program evaluator was Utomo Dananjaya the Executive Director of Institute for Education Reform Paramadina University. The workshop evaluation also invited Dr. Moeslim Abdurrachman and Maria Ulfah Anshor to give inspiring and encouraging reflection for the participants on the importance of disseminating and influencing their communities in order to campaign Islam as the benign religion as well as one of the greatest religion in the world. Also the participants were asked to share their suggestions and criticism of the program in order to improve the quality and performance of ICIP as the organizer. The workshop was partnered with AusAID.

Series of Discussion “The Challenge of Pluralism in a Globalised World”, with Prof. Farid Essack   and Dr. Paul Knitter

The event took place at Mizan House Jakarta and attended by more than 30 participants coming from various backgrounds and occupations such as CSO’s activists, academics and students.

Prof. Farid Esack Pesantren Community Visit.

On June 17 – 19, 2006 Prof. Farid Esack had visited three presantrens under ICIP coordination. The three pesantrens were Pondok Pesantren (PP) Darul Muttaqin in Parung Bogor on July 17, PP Darul Ulum Cigombong Sukabumi on July 18, and PP Baiturrahman Bandung on July 19. In his third visit he also dropped by to the ICIP training with the pesantren community in Bogor to share and exchange views and experiences on Islam and multiculturalism.

Training “Strengthening the Understanding of and Attitudes to Pluralism and Multiculturalism among Leaders of BKSPPI’s Pesantren in West Java”

The training was organized by ICIP at Hotel Taman Aer on July 17 - 21 and participated by 31 participants coming from 31 pesantrens surrounding West Java. The program was facilitated by Masruchah and Ahmad Suaedy and joined by four prominent experts such as Badriyah Fayumi of the Member Parliament of VIII Commission who talked on Islamic perception on non Muslim, Prof. Dr. Komaruddin Hidayat of Post Graduate of UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta who spoke on diversity within Islam, K. H. Hussein Muhammad of Fahmina Institute Cirebon who talked on equality between men and women based on Islam perspectives and Dr. Moeslim Abdurrachman of Al Maun Institute Jakarta who talked on diversity traditions within pesantren. The training program was partnered with AusAID.

Interworking Group Discussions “Promoting Peace through Local Wisdoms in Conflict Areas in Maluku, Central Sulawesi and   West Kalimantan: Cooperation with Local Leaders, Journalist, Youth and Religious Activists”

The program conducted in Ambon Maluku, Pontianak West Kalimantan and Poso Central Sulawesi on the end of August. The main theme of the visit was exchanging views and experiences as peace builders. In Pontianak West Kalimantan the issue that spoken was ‘History and Conflict Resolution in West Kalimantan’ featuring Prof. Syarif Ibrahim Algadri. The participants also visited refugee camps outside Pontianak. In Ambon Maluku the issues covered were “The Role of Local Wisdom in Pushing Peace” by Pendeta Jacky Manuputty and “The Role of the Government Dealing with the Refugee Problems” by Rahman A. Soumena. The participants had chances to visit refugee camps, destroyed buildings, and newspaper office such as Harian Pagi and Ambon Express. In Poso Central Sulawesi, the issue covered was “Pintu Moroso dalam Konteks Perdamaian” by Arnold Tombondo.

The participants benefited significantly from this learning activity as they learned directly from the peace makers who experienced the struggling peace building in other areas than their respective areas and how peace built to mitigate violence. They also had chances to engage in an interactive communication with the victims of the conflict violence. The activity shifted and widened their perspectives as well as enriched their experiences by sharing and exchanging with other activist who shared similar concerns and hopes for peace. The program was partnered with the European Commission (EC).

Training Workshop “Strengthening and Understanding Diversity amongst Leaders of West Javanese Pesantren

The program took place at Hotel Bumi Wiyata Depok on September 18 – 21. It involved 30 participants from 10 regions from West Java Province. Over the course of the four days, five sessions were held discussing different topics involving diversity, gender, women position in interfaith dialogue and position of Muslim minorities in non Muslim countries. The training invited prominent expert on the discussed topics such as Dr. Javed Khan of New Zealand who was from the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand (FIANZ), an organization that established in year 1979 and the functions performed and services provided by these Associations catered mainly for the immediate needs of the local communities. In most cases, this meant establishing children's classes for Qur'an reading and Islamic knowledge, as well as study groups for men and women. As for speakers from Indonesia represented by K. H. Hussein Muhammad of Fahmina Institute Cirebon, Dr. Moeslim Abdurrahman of Al Maun Institute Jakarta, Father Benny Susetyo of Konferensi Wali Gereja Indonesia (The Indonesia Association of Catholic Churches) and Dr. Komaruddin Hidayat of UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta. As for the facilitators of the training were Rumadi and Imdadun Rahmat. The training was also joined by Mr. David Starchan from the New Zealand Embassy. The program aimed to increase the understanding and acceptance of diversity and religious beliefs amongst leaders of pesantren community, to encourage pesantren leaders to disseminate the knowledge acquired in the program to their grass root communities in their respective regions, and last but not least to broaden participants understandings of Muslim communities outside Indonesia in particular in New Zealand. The program partnered with New Zealand Embassy.

Dr. Javed Khad Visiting Pesantrens program

Dr. Khan visited to three pesantrens namely Pondok Pesantren (PP) Darunnajah Jakarta, PP Darul Muttaqin Parung, and PP Baiturrahman Bandung. The program aimed to strengthen the relationship between Muslim in the two countries, to exchange the experience being Muslim as majority in Indonesia and minority in New Zealand, as well as to broaden the knowledge on Muslim community and Islam in the two countries that shared similarities and yet differences. During the visit, Dr. Khan accompanied by Dr, Didi HIlman of Badan Kerja Sama Pondok Pesantren Indonesia (BKSPPI) as well as the New Zealand Embassy staffs. In the meetings with the three pesantrens, Dr. Khan got opportunity to explain his organization namely FIANZ in particular and his experiences on being Muslim in New Zealand in general. The program was conducted from September 18 to 20. The visiting program was fully partnered with the New Zealand Embassy.

Radio Talk Shows “Promoting Peace through Local Wisdoms in Conflict Areas in Maluku, Central Sulawesi and West Kalimantan: Cooperation with Local Leaders, Journalist, Youth and Religious Activists

The program was conducted in Poso Central Sulawesi on September 16, 30 and October 7, 14, 21, as for Pontianak West Kalimantan was on October 3, 5, 10, 12 and last was Ambon Maluku on December 3, 7, 10 and 14. The main theme of the talk shows was “Disseminating Practices of Peace Making to Happen in Daily Activities in Conflict Areas”.

Topics covered in Ambon Maluku were 1) reintegration of Salam-Sarane in religion and culture in Maluku presenting Pendeta Jacky Manuputty and Abidin Wakano, 2) how to Maluku based on the concept of Orang Basudara presenting Prof. J. W. Ajawaila and Usman Thalib, 3) local wisdoms in Central Maluku featuring Hasbollah Toisuta and Daniel Watimanela, 4) Larvul Ngabal as local wisdom and peace instrument in Southeast Maluku presenting Rudi Fovid and Eka Dahlan Uar. Topics covered in Pontianak West Kalimantan were 1) conflict and integration in social history of West Kalimantan presenting Ibrahim M. S. and Yusriadi 2) pluralism and picture of relations between ethnic and religious groups featuring Kristianus Atok and Ibrahim M. S. 3) the role of media in building the spirit of tolerance and peace presenting Nur Iskandar and Yusriadi 4) local wisdoms for peace featuring Yusriadi and Ibrahim M. Shaleh. In Poso Central Sulawesi the topics were covered 1) sintuwu maroso ri tana Poso presenting Marola Bungkudapu 2) possibility of local wisdoms as uniting factor presenting Pendeta Ramabai Ruagadi and L. Modjoanggo 3) Poso traditions in welcoming new comers presenting Norsan Tantotosi and Yustinus 4) exploring local wisdoms in dealing with social problems presenting Pendeta Ramabai Ruagadi 5) sumpa pompasilolomngani adangkatuwa tau tuata piama ri lemba Mpamona presenting Marola Bungkundapu. The program was partnered with the European Commission (EC).

Journalistic Training for the Pesantren Community in West Java

The training workshop was organized by ICIP on November 28 – 30 at Hotel Bumi Wiyata Depok and participated by 30 participants in total; eight of them were women, originating from various pesantrens throughout West Java. The activity consisted of 8 sessions excluding the opening and closing sections of the activity. ICIP recognizes the fact that sound journalism education contributes towards professional and ethical practice of journalism. Such journalism is better suited to foster democracy, dialogue and development. Therefore society has a responsibility to ensure its journalists have the competencies to seek out and interpret information, and the judgment and integrity to communicate it in as objective and unbiased terms as possible. In this case ICIP is fully aware and highly regards pesantren as a very strategic partner to be educated as well-trained and critically-minded writers who are likely to influence the processes of democracy and development in their socities.

The opening session featured a welcoming address by the Deputy Director of ICIP, Syafiq Hasyim. He emphasized the urgency and importance of the program as part of bringing pesantren to life in the community. Despite advanced writing skills were not completely new to pesantren as previous generations in the pesantren community had had strong writing skills such as Muhammad Natsir the founder of Persatuan Islam (PERSIS) but in the recent times there had been an increasing focus on oral transmission of knowledge rather than written transmission, which had resulted in a degradation of writing skills in pesantren. Therefore the writing skills needed to be revived in order to breathe life into pesantren and reinvigorate their traditions of being at the forefront of important ideas and thought in society. The program was facilitated by Stanley Adiprasetya of Director of Institut Studi Arus Informasi and Imam Prihadiyoko of Kompas. The training focused on basic ideas behind journalism, media and journalistic ethics, techniques on conducting interviews, range of types of feature articles that could be written by journalists, writing techniques description, individual and media opinions, type of journalistic articles, and reporting on religious issues in media. the four days program was partnered with The Asia Foundation (TAF).

Study Tour of South Asian Muslim Leaders to Indonesia visit Jakarta, West Java and Yogyakarta.

The visiting program was held on September 10 – 17 bringing the South Asian activist group consisting of participants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The program was under The Asia Foundation (TAF) in South Asia together with TAF Indonesia and TAF Malaysia. The group that included CSO activists, academics, journalist and community leaders were taken into three cities in Indonesia namely Jakarta, Cirebon and Yogyakarta to meet and engage in numerous discussions and other supporting activities with Indonesian CSOs and universities that addressing issues on gender, democracy and other relevant issues. In Jakarta numerous discussions were held and attended by the visiting group and ICIP’s colleagues that coming from numerous CSOs such as Rahima, Wahid Institute, NU, Muhammadiyah, and other CSO. In Jakarta, the group had a chance to meet and have engaged discussion with Ms. Eva Sundari the Member of Parliament from PDIP who concerned on gender and women empowerment and Dr. Robin Bush, the Representative of TAF Indonesia who also an expert on Islam in Indonesia. During Jakarta trip, the group also shared and exchanged views and experiences with Pusat Studi Wanita (PSW) UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta. The group continued the trip to Cirebon in West Java and had an experience to see other life different with Jakarta. In Cirebon the group met with Fahmina Institute an civil society organization that work on gender and women empowerment issues. There were two discussions held, first was joined by K. H. Hussein Muhammad who talked on pesantren and women’s rights and K. H. Maman Imanul Faqieh that talked on Islam and multiculturalism and second discussion was joined by Mr. Faqihuddin Abdul Qadir who spoke on monogamy and Islam. Later on the group was taken to Yogyakarta and had a chance to meeting numerous activists and CSOs there. In Yogyakarta there was a discussion event held in Center for Religious Cultures Studies (CRCS) and joined by Mr. Khairuddin Abdul Qadir who spoke on Islamic family law in Indonesia and Mr. Iqbal Ahnaf who spoke on interfaith dialogue between Muslim and non Muslim communities. The program was partnered with The Asia Foundation (TAF).

Study Tour of Bangladesh Imams to Jakarta and Cirebon.

The activity was held on November 20 – 23 by visiting Rahima a NGO that located in Depok, Pondok Pesantren (PP) Darunnajah located in Jakarta and Fahmina Institute located in Cirebon. The delegation of Bangladesh Imams included 7 imams accompanied with two staffs from AED. The goal of the activity was to enhance knowledge and broaden perspectives on Islam in Indonesia in particular regarding to imam roles for the religious community as well as to strengthen the ties between Indonesia and Bangladesh since both inhabitants dominantly were Muslim as the majorities.

The first activity was visit to Rahima, a NGO that work on gender and women empowerment issues. During the visit, the imams and Rahima staffs were engaged in a lively discussion especially in talking on imam role for educating and empowering women in Islamic perspectives and exchanged knowledge and experiences for both parties. After visiting Rahima, the delegation then went to visit PP Darunnajah also for getting to know the education system of pesantren that has been established for ages in preserving and combining religious and secular knowledge and sciences. PP Darunnajah was acclaimed as one of the best pesantren in Indonesia and it was founded around year 1942 by K. H. Abdul Manaf Mukhayyar that initially located in Senayan but later on in year 1960 the pesantren was moved to Ulujami until now. Up until year 2004 PP Darunnajah has founded 41 pesantrens as its branches that spread in numerous regions such as Jakarta, Bogor, Serang, Bengkulu, Riau and East Kalimantan. The delegation of imams exchanged their views with the kiayis, ustadz and santris of Darunnajah on multiple issues but mainly on Islamic education. As for the final agenda, the delegation went to Cirebon to visit Fahmina Institute. In Fahmina the imams met K. H. Hussein Muhammad the leader of the institute as well as the prominent religious leader in Cirebon and Faqihudin Abdul Kadir who concerned on gender and women empowerment issues. Both Imams and Fahmina staffs were involved in a lively discussion related to imam or men roles in educating women based on Islamic perspectives. The program was partnered with The Asia Foundation (TAF).

International Seminar “Challenging Stereotype in Europe and Islamic World: Working Together for Constructive Policies and Partnerships”.

The seminar was held in Jakarta on November 22-23 at The Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta under the mutual collaboration between the Finland Embassy and ICIP. The seminar aimed to identify the roots of challenges that have threatened the harmonious co-existence among societal and religious groups in Indonesia and Europe. This was to involve an exploration of societal, political, and cultural aspects of relations between Muslims and non Muslims both in Europe as well as in Indonesia. It also to identify types of broad collaboration between moderate and progressive Indonesian Muslims and European moderate and progressive Muslim to build mutual understanding and interests and last but not least the seminar aimed to search the appropriate ways of intensifying dialogue among various groups from Indonesian society at one level and Muslim and non Muslim European society at another level in the spirit of problem solving.

The seminar was opened by H. E. Hassan Wirajuda, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Indonesia as the keynote speaker.   The seminar was joined by Dr. Tuomas Martikainen of Finland who spoke on “Why Do Europeans Talk about Islam and Muslims?”, Phil. Lic. Ahmed Akar who spoke on “Islam in Europe: Problem and Prospect of Integration”, Baron Paul von Maltzahn who talked on “Joint Values of Western Society and the Islamic World” Prof. Martin van Bruinessen who talked on “The Emergence of Islamophobia in the Netherlands”, Ulrike Knotz who spoke on “Islamic Identity and Globalization – some Reflections on Language and Policy”, Syaekh Bilal who talked on “Improving Dialogue between Islam and the West: Political Dialogue”, Ismail Yusanto who talked on “Islam and the West: Dialogue without Hegemony or Inevitable Clash”, Din Syamsudin, Goenawan Muhamad, Salbiah Ahmad, Sri Mulyati, Michael Privot, Mouddar Khouja, and Richard Daulay. The seminar was attended by numerous of participants coming from different backgrounds that paid interest on the topic. It also covered by the media such as The Jakarta Post, Kompas, Koran Tempo and Republika.

Book publication/launching and evaluation seminar “Revitalisasi Kearifan Lokal, Studi Resolusi Konflik di Kalimantan Barat, Maluku dan Poso

The result of the whole program was compiled into a book that consisted seven chapters. Chapter 1 Introduction: Revitalization of Local Wisdoms for Peace written by Alpha Amirrachman that also the editor of the book. Chapter 2 Building Peace in West Kalimantan written by Ridwan Rosdiawan, Zaenuddin Hudi and Ibrahim M. Shaleh. Chapter 3 Peace…Peace in Maluku written by Hasbollah Toisuta, Abubakar Kabakoran, M. Yani Kubangun, Eka D. Ua, Mustakim Zein Nuhuyanan and Florida Attamimy. Chapter 4 United We Strong in Tana Poso written by Agustanty E. S. Ruagady, Darwis Waru, Sonny V. E. Lempadely and Syamsul Alam Agus. Chapter 5 The Anatomy of Communal Conflict in Indonesia written by Tamrin Amal Tomagola. Chapter 6 Motambutana: Conflict Resolution or Conflict Escalation? Written by George Junus Aditjondro. Chapter 7 Epilogue: SWOT Analysis of Local Wisdoms in Conflict Resolution written by John Haba.

The evaluation seminar that held in December aimed to measure the whole program as well as see its visibility as a vehicle to promote peace. The book and the research were reviewed and discussed by numerous experts on the issue such as Dr. Tamrin Amal Tomagola of Universitas Indonesia Depok, Dr. George Junus Aditjondro of Yayasan Tanah Merdeka and Dr. John Haba of Lembaga Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia (LIPI). Other speakers who also joined the seminar were Dr. Thung Ju Lan of LIPI who talked on the significance of peace studies through local wisdoms and Prof. Dr. Ruswiati Suryasaputra of National Commission on Human Rights who talked on women strategis roles in building peace through local wisdoms. The program was partnered with the European Commission (EC).