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The Government of Indonesia (GoI), represented by the Steering Committee of KOMPAK and the Government of Australia (GoA) has signed an amendment to the Subsidiary Arrangement (SA) through Exchange of letter Mechanism on the Australia-Indonesia Partnership through KOMPAK (Kolaborasi Masyarakat dan Pelayanan untuk Kesejahteraan), on 30 June 2018.

The SA expresses cooperation between the GOI and GOA in implementing KOMPAK Program that supports GOI’s efforts in reducing poverty through improvements in basic service delivery and creating opportunities for economic development for the poor and vulnerable. Through this extension, the KOMPAK program will be implemented for the next four years until 30 May 2022.

The Steering Committee meeting was attended by representatives of Government of Indonesia (Echelon 1 and 2) from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Bappenas, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Village, Development of Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration. In addition to signing the extension of the Partnership Cooperation Agreement through KOMPAK, the session also discussed the good results achieved by KOMPAK over the years.

In her remarks, the Australian Embassy Minister Counsellor Fleur Davies said, "I am very pleased that through KOMPAK, the Australian Government can partner with five Ministries and seven provincial governments to achieve our common goal together. We remain committed to achieve the agreed targets that are in line with the GOI's long-term plans to reduce poverty through improvements in the provision of basic services and the creation of more employment opportunities for the poor; for example, the strengthening of the Regional Transfer Fund relating to the provision of basic services and for capacity building of local government bodies that target improvements for the poor and the vulnerable,"

“We hope that in the future, these good practices will be institutionalized into the central/regional government/policies so that we can strive to have a greater impact on the development outcomes for the poor and vulnerable,” she added.

Deputy Minister of Planning/Head of Bappenas for Population and Employment Pungky Sumadi also expressed his appreciation for the support rendered by the Australian Government through KOMPAK program, as well as the good cooperation between the Ministries partners and KOMPAK, as well as for KOMPAK’s achievements.

"Many good results have been achieved by KOMPAK, including innovations for the acceleration of legal identity ownership, improving governance for service delivery in service units (such as District Heads and Community Health Centres), policy inputs for village fund allocation formulas, capacity building of village officials to support the implementation of village law, acceleration of SKKNI, as well as KOMPAK’s support in the development of pro-poor planning and budgeting tools through the launch of SEPAKAT last month, "said Pungky Sumadi.

During the meeting, the Steering Committee also discussed the membership of the Steering Committee and Technical Committee, as well as preliminary discussions on the future direction of KOMPAK's design. Deputy Minister of Planning/Head of Bappenas for Human Development, Society and Culture Subandi, will become a member of the KOMPAK Steering Committee to provide guidance on basic services delivery, such as aspects of education, health, nutrition and legal identity. Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Technical Committee will shift from the Director of Labor and Employment Creation to the Director of Poverty Reduction and Social Welfare of Bappenas.

For additional information, please watch the signing video here.