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Central Java Government Appreciates KOMPAK’s Role in Poverty Alleviation in Central Java

Author: Catherine Regina/Paulus Enggal Sulaksono
Published: 10/12/2021
The innovator winners of Central Java’s Public Service Innovation Competition.

A total of 20 innovations initiated by the Regional Apparatus Organisations (Organisasi Perangkat Desa/OPD) of provincial and district/city governments in Central Java were awarded the best innovations at Central Java’s Public Service Innovation Competition (Kompetisi Inovasi Pelayanan Publik/KIPP) on Wednesday (01/12).

One of the innovations being awarded was the Back-to-School Movement (Gerakan KUDU Sekolah) initiated by Pekalongan District Government with the support of KOMPAK Program. This innovation, which aims to reduce school dropout rate, has succeeded in sending more than 1,400 children to both formal and non-formal schools by 2021.

Sumarno, Regional Secretary of Central Java Province, addressed a opening ceremony at the Central Java Inspiration Forum.

The award was presented at the Central Java Inspiration Forum held by the Central Java Provincial Government and KOMPAK. The forum, which aims to disseminate good practices of KOMPAK’s successful programs in Central Java, was attended by Sumarno (Regional Secretary of Central Java Province), Drs. Pungky Sumadi, MCP, PhD (Deputy for Population and Manpower of National Development Planning Agency), Prof. Dr. Diah Natalisa, MBA (Deputy for Public Services of Ministry of State Apparatus Utilisation and Bureaucratic Reform), Drs. Amich Alhumami, MA, M.Ed, PhD (Director of Religion, Education, and Culture of National Development Planning Agency), and Dan Woods (Counselor for Human Development, Australian Embassy).

“The main responsibility of the government is to meet the needs of the people to achieve a prosperous community,” declared Sumarno when delivering his Keynote Speech at the Central Java Inspiration Forum. “Therefore, I really appreciate the realization of this Inspiration Forum where we can interactively share our knowledge regarding innovation methods, implementation stages, and how service innovation has benefited and overcome the obstacles that occurred in Pekalongan, Pemalang, and Brebes,” he added.

Since 2017, the Central Java Provincial Government has collaborated with KOMPAK in creating numerous innovations to improve the quality of basic services and expand economic opportunities, especially for the poor and vulnerable. Along with the District Governments of Pekalongan, Pemalang, and Brebes, KOMPAK piloted various innovations or models. These models include the Back-to-School Movement, Village-Based Civil Registration Services (LABKD), Market Linkages, Integrated Village Capacity Building (PKAD), Community Feedback Mechanism and Village Budget School (Sekar Desa), and Selapanan Group.

The Regional Secretary for Central Java Province, Sumarno, sounded the gong as a designation that the Central Java Inspiration Forum had officially opened, Wednesday (01/12).

In delivering the basic services, the civil registration service in particular has managed to issue more than 6,0001 legal identity documents in the last six months through LABKD, which is also known as Junjang Adminduk. According to Fadia A. Rafiq, Head of Pekalongan District, LABKD has been able to bring civil registration services closer to communities. “Junjang Adminduk, which was initiated by the local government with KOMPAK’s support, has been able to take on the challenge of delivering civil registration services in Pekalongan District,” she explained. “Now, people can obtain their legal identity documents from the village. They don't have to go all the way to the Population and Civil Registration Office,” she continued. According to Fadia, LABKD contributed by providing accurate and updated population data to support the development program of Pekalongan District.

Meanwhile, the Market Linkages innovation in Pemalang District has been able to help the local government to develop the potential of area-based tourism as one of its poverty alleviation strategies. “As tourism activists in Belik Sub-district, we were mentored and assisted by KOMPAK until the concept of Pemalang Honey Pineapple Tourism Village or Dewi Nadulang was born. This concept offers a variety of tourist attractions that are distributed across six villages and located in two sub-districts. Thanks to KOMPAK’s support, our network has expanded. We have been able to attract tourists by offering tour packages that continuously expanded,” said Warsito, the Head of Tourism Awareness Group (Kelompok Sadar Wisata/Pokdarwis) in Sikasur Village, Belik Sub-district.

In addition to the delivery of basic services and expansion of economic opportunities, KOMPAK also supports the realisation of a responsive, transparent, accountable, and inclusive development. In Brebes District, it was developed through the Community Feedback Mechanism managed by the Village Council (Badan Permusyawaratan Desa/BPD). “We issued District Regulation Number 1 of 2021 on the Strengthening of BPD. We hope that BPD will be able to capture the aspirations of the community, especially the poor and vulnerable, so they can also reap the benefits of development,” explained Idza Priyanti, Head of Brebes District. She believes that the Community Feedback Mechanism ensures community involvement in village development.

“The Central Java Provincial Government’s partnership with KOMPAK has made a positive impact as it focuses on the efforts to ensure that vulnerable groups such as women, the poor, and people with disabilities, have access to the necessary services while also benefiting from them,” said Dan Woods.

Anna Winoto, Team Leader of KOMPAK, as a part of the Australia-Indonesia Government Partnership Program.

To ensure the sustainability of the benefits from these innovations, the Central Java Provincial Government encourages replication and institutionalised of these models in other districts/cities in Central Java. Through a virtual exhibition that can be accessed at https://inspirasijateng.kompak.or.id/, other local governments can learn and adopt these innovations. The virtual exhibition is open until 9 December 2021.

“I’m glad because, thanks to KOMPAK, the innovations that have been created are all in synergy and in harmony. KOMPAK accelerates all sectors so that public services in Central Java can significantly contribute to realizing a prosperous and independent Central Java, as well as reducing poverty,” Sumarno concluded.

1 The data was based on the results of the LABKD monitoring and evaluation in Petungkriyono and Paninggaran Sub-districts, Pekalongan District, on 20 May 2021.

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