Innovation & Technology

Innovation in KOMPAK

KOMPAK works to help the Government of Indonesia (GoI) meet its poverty reduction targets as set through the RPJMN (2015-2018). KOMPAK intends to achieve this through supporting activities geared to improve the access to and improving the quality and delivery of basic services (health, education and legal identity), strengthening village governance, community participation and community-led development as well as the creation of off-farm economic opportunities (employment and labour mobility) for the benefit of the bottom-two quintiles of the poor in Indonesia.

It is globally acknowledged that there is need to look closely at the efficiency and cost-benefit of development activities and that the traditional tools of aid or those used by government to find solutions for pressing problems could easily have their impact magnified through innovation. In this regard, KOMPAK is mandated to use innovation as a tool to develop, build on and to scale lessons and good practice towards finding or repurposing solutions to better address new, unarticulated or existing needs in its areas of work.

KOMPAK’s definition of Innovation is: Fostering, piloting and implementing the replicable and cost-effective application of old or new sustainable practices and technologies (ICT and non-ICT) to create direct improvements (or opportunities for improvements) in KOMPAK’s areas of work.

Innovation underpins all of KOMPAK’s work and all of KOMPAK’s Innovation work is framed within the context of KOMPAK’s Strategic Performance Framework[1]. Where possible, KOMPAK’s Innovation activities are implemented through leveraging resources from the GoI, private sector and non-traditional actors through encouraging and building capacities in social entrepreneurs, creating coalitions of change by stakeholders around issues of KOMPAK’s interest, creating shared value with traditional and non-traditional actors and promoting both traditional and non-traditional scale-up, investment and sustainability options

Innovating in four stages 

KOMPAK adopts a 4-stage Innovation System as follows:

  • Identification of issues/challenges: Issues and challenges on which innovation can be applied are identified and KOMPAK works with traditional and non-traditional partners to create shared value. KOMPAK gathers, encourages and convenes interest from the different actors in working together for a common and mutually-beneficial solution.   
  • Selection of innovations and/or technology solutions: KOMPAK works with traditional and non-traditional actors to identify useful innovations applicable as solutions to selected issues. The main criteria applied in the selection of innovations and technology solutions is the KOMPAK investment criteria[2], but additional criteria may be applied on a case-by-case basis.
  • Capacity building/incubation: for selected innovations and technology solutions that may require nurturing and capacity building, KOMPAK works with different actors to provide inputs in anticipation of the implementation and scale-up. KOMPAK also tests different incubation and capacity-building approaches.
  • Implementation and scaling up: KOMPAK works with different actors to test and apply different approaches and methods to leverage resources, provide investments or to create the enabling environment necessary to support the implementation and scale-up of selected activities.