About Central Java

Central Java is the third most populated province in Indonesia with a population of 34.3 million. Central Java is one of the overall better-performing provinces in Indonesia. However, regional disparities exist with rural areas being predominantly poorer.

The poverty rate in Central Java is 11%, slightly above the national average of 9.8% (BPS, 2018). However, in two KOMPAK districts – Brebes and Pemalang – the poverty rate is 19% and 17% respectively. The large population of Central Java also means it has a large overall number of people living in poverty, about 3.9 million.

KOMPAK in Central Java

Since 2016, KOMPAK has been partnering with the Provincial Government of Central Java to support three districts: Brebes, Pekalongan and Pemalang.

KOMPAK’s support to Central Java Province from 2019 to 2022 focuses on kecamatan and village strengthening, public financial management, civil registration and vital statistics, basic education services, and local economic development. KOMPAK also supports the district and provincial governments to implement the National Strategy for Stunting Prevention.

Highlights of KOMPAK’s support in Central Java include:

  • Operationalising the Ministry of Home Affairs Strategy for Village Apparatus Capacity Development (PKAD), particularly through piloting village government facilitators at the sub-district-level to support village governance.

  • Piloting a model to promote transparency in village governments, including trainings for community members on village budgets and establishment of women’s groups and community feedback mechanisms.

  • Contributions towards improvements in civil registration and vital statistics, such as using supporting villages to fund, engage and train village registration officers.

  • Supporting a ‘go back to school’ initiative in Pekalongan and Brebes districts, which is using household data collection to identify out-of-school children and link them with education services.

  • Expanding coverage and use of the village information system and kecamatan dashboard so that villages are able to better plan and prioritise services.

Three of KOMPAK’s Supported Models Won The 2021 TOP 45 Public Service Innovation Award

Three of KOMPAK’s supported models won the 2021 TOP 45 Public Service Innovation Award at the 2021 National Public Service Innovation Competition (SINOVIK) event.

A Platform to Foster Public Service Innovations

The Public Service Information Network (JIPP) of Central Java Province was soft launched on July 10, 2018 by the provincial government. JIPP was established as a platform to learn and disseminate innovations of public services from the provincial and district government in Central Java. Through JIPP, the public service providers in Central Java will be able to exchange information around innovative practices that have benefited the public.

Brebes District Helps Over 1,200 Out-Of-School Children To Get Back To School

The Government of Brebes district in cooperation with the Australian Government celebrated a significant achievement in exceeding their target of returning 1,000 children to school in 2017.

Good Practice
MOTORCYCLE TAXI (OJEK KEPENDUDUKAN) - Population Administration Service Innovation in Petungkriyono Sub-District, Pekalongan District, Central Java

Innovation to pick up the ball for the acceleration of comfortable and reliable population administration services.

Good Practice
University Building Village (Universitas Membangun Desa - UMD) - Raise Neglected Assets through Innovative Collaboration

Innovation in discovering sustainable economic potential which carried out through collaborative Community Service programs (KKN) to reactivate neglected village assets.

Story of Change
Pekalongan’s On-Point Tack in Poverty Reduction

To streamline the data collection and analysis processes and determine accurate interventions, the Poverty Laboratory utilises the SEPAKAT application.

Story of Change
Back to School Movement: Ensuring All Children Have 12 Years of Schooling

Ismatun Amanah was only 12 years old when she decided to migrate to Jakarta to work as a housemaid. At such a young age, leaving home might not be her ideal dream. Yet as the ninth child of 10 siblings, she wanted to help her parents and no longer went to school anyway. She had no other choice.

Story of Change
Final of The Innovations for Service Improvement Awards: Five Sub-Districts Compete For Recognition In Service Provision

Five sub-districts in Pekalongan District moved forward to the final round of the Acceleration of Population Services Administration Innovation Competition in November 2016. The finalists included Talun, Tirto, Kedungwuni, Karangdadap, and Petungkriyono Sub-districts.

Didin's Aspiration for the Poor

My name is Didin. I am the Head of Government and Socio-Cultural Affairs of the Pekalongan Regional Development Planning Agency. This positions me as a formulating member of Poverty Laboratory, an innovation to reduce...

Lessons from Nikmah

My name is Nikmah, I was appointed the Head of Public Governance Sub-Division in Belik Sub-District Office in February 2017 in Pemalang District, Central Java. Previously, I was an extension worker at the Family Planning Agency. The switch from advising clients about reproductive health to village governance was quite a shock to me.

Publication > Policy and Working Paper
Guidelines for Implementing the Kudu Sekolah Movement

The Pekalongan District Government in collaboration with the KOMPAK has developed a Guide to Implementing the KUDU Sekolah Movement (Support for back to Schools). This guide is expected to be a reference especially for the government and other interested parties in the process of strengthening the capacity to implement the KUDU Sekolah Movement.

Publication of Covid-19 Response
The Impact of COVID-19 on Early Childhood Education Report: Identification of Multiple Vulnerabilities

This study is expected to produce a basic picture of the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on PAUD institutions, educators and the government's response through the utilization of existing policies and through the application of special rules. The assessment process is also expected to produce policy recommendations at the national level on PAUD Governance that can answer PAUD needs during the Pandemic.

Publication of Covid-19 Response
Civil Registration Services Protocol by the Village Registration Officer of Pemalang District during the COVID-19 Pandemic

This protocol illustrates the civil registration services mechanism by the Village Registration Officer in Pemalang District during the pandemic according to the guidelines from the Population and Civil Registration Office.