Innovation and Investment for Inclusive Sustainable Economic Development, Lombok

Wellness tourism – travel to improve health and well-being through physical, psychological and spiritual activities – offers inclusive employment opportunities, especially for women and young people, but lack of skills can make it challenging for many people to benefit. The Innovation and Investment for Inclusive Sustainable Economic Development (ISED) project, implemented by Indonesia’s Ministry of National Development Planning (Bappenas) and Germany’s GIZ, is working to transform Bilebante in Central Lombok into a wellness tourism hub.

The project aims to introduce inclusive business models and capacity development programmes with companies to create long-lasting mutual benefits for businesses, employees and the community. As part of the programme, 200 people have received training to date and over 700 people are estimated to have benefited from new employment opportunities. In 2020, the Bilebante Wellness Centre, developed by the Indonesia’s Ministry of Cooperatives and SMEs, is expected to open.

The benefits of the project have been invaluable. By becoming a wellness tourism village we have increased the number of visitors, empowered our community to gain new skills and employment, uncovered new business opportunities, lowered our unemployment rates and much more.

Head of Bilebante Village