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The Influence of Cultural Sensitivity in Community Empowerment at Usku Village, Senggi District, Keerom Regency, Papua


Herwini Wahyu Susanti, Bambang Shergi Laksmono, Ety Rahayu,M. Nurdin
Abstract

The present study was aimed at identifying a number of local cultures that influence the implementation of community empowerment, and identifying the extent to which the local cultures influence the implementation of community empowerment itself. The present study was conducted in Usku Village, Senggi District, Keerom Regency, Papua province. To this end, descriptive qualitative method was applied. The data were collected through observation and interview with some stakeholders who implemented the community empowerment activities in Usku Village, the village head, the adat chief, the pastor, the local governments, and the Usku people. The study found that there were three forms of culture held by Usku community that highly influence the implementation of community empowerment, namely hunting culture, customary right ownership and management, and Tiga Tungku leadership. The study also found that the community empowerment initiated by the government did not show enough attention toward local culture. This was shown from the empowerment activities that was top-down in nature. Besides, the activities were not in line with the local community needs/ The empowerment program was ineffective because the implemented failed to identify the local culture. This eventually hampered the implementation of the empowerment itself.

Volume 12 | Issue 2

Pages: 3103-3111

DOI: 10.5373/JARDCS/V12I2/S20201429