Empowered Communities

Development in Indonesia has been stymied by confusion over land ownership and borders. The MCC-funded, Abt-led Participatory Mapping and Planning (PMaP) used unmanned aerial vehicles to help Indonesia move forward in establishing clear boundaries.
Recognizing the importance of the state-citizen social contract, Abt Associates supports the formation of vertical linkages to improve the quality, accessibility, and inclusiveness of governance processes and outcomes. We invest in civil society and community-driven approaches to develop and support more accountable relationships between communities, service providers, service facilities, and other non-government groups.
For example, Abt literally is mapping the future of Indonesia. Development in the country – one of the world’s most heavily forested – has been stymied by murkiness around land ownership and borders. In the MCC-funded Participatory Mapping and Planning (PMaP) project, Abt is using drones to help Indonesia move forward in establishing clear boundaries. In the one-year, leading-edge project, unmanned aerial vehicles are skimming over rugged terrain around 100 villages to record topography and land use. The project is working with villagers to mediate land disputes and set borders. By updating licensing and land-use and land-cover databases, Indonesia is clearing the way for green development, a government goal.
The USAID-funded Health Finance and Governance (HFG) project, led by Abt, explicitly is integrating gender equality and female empowerment into all country technical assistance programs, ensuring that these considerations are incorporated throughout project activities. The HFG approach reflects a broader understanding of gender equity and female empowerment by looking at the intersection of gender and other markers of social status and acknowledging that gender considerations play an important role in diverse kinds of programming.