Articles of Covid-19 Response

Data Harmonisation: the Key to Successful Social Assistance and Village Fund Direct Cash Assistance (BLT - Dana Desa)

Author: Paulus Enggal Sulaksono
Published: 17/06/2020

A total of 53 facilitators in 10 districts in Papua and Papua Barat have conducted training and assistance in Planning Synergy between villages, schools and puskesmas. This synergy can improve the quality and scope of basic services as seen in Oransbari and Moniwaren Districts, South Manokwari Regency. (Photo: KOMPAK)

“Population data from the Directorate General of Population and Registration (Dukcapil) plays an important role in helping us deliver social assistance programs. Accurate population data, with every person issued one citizen identity number (NIK) will help to maintain organised social assistance programs that reach those who need it most,” said Minister of National Development and Planning/Head of Bappenas, Suharso Monoarfa, during the online sharing session on Data Harmonisation: Key to Successful Social Assistance and Village Fund Cash Assistance (BLT-Dana Desa) on Wednesday, June 10, 2020.

The government continues to encourage data strengthening to ensure social assistance and BLT-Dana Desa reaches the right recipients. The government is advocating greater cross-sector coordination and synchronising of datasets, starting from the lowest level of the village. "Data synchronisation is very critical. Reliable and credible data is needed to develop and implement effective government policies.” Stressed Minister Suharso.

The provision of the government’s social safety net programs – through social assistance and BLT-Dana Desa – are helping to mitigate the negative impacts of COVID-19 on, not only community health, but also economic, social and welfare security.

The Secretary-General of the Ministry of Villages, Development of Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration, Anwar Sanusi, stated that village governments have an important role in identifying potential recipients as well as maintaining transparency in BLT-Dana Desa distribution. From his perspective, credible data that reflects the real conditions can only be obtained when it’s being collected through a bottom-up process.

“The process of determining the recipients of BLT-Dana Desa is conducted in stages by involving the community. The village volunteers collect data in their neighborhood, then the recipients list is verified, validated and agreed through a village special deliberation meeting. The meeting result is then endorsed by the district head/mayor,” explained Secretary Anwar.

The districts of Manokwari Selatan, Lombok Timur and Bondowoso are examples of regions that have successfully been conducting data synchronisation through village information systems, with assistance from KOMPAK. Village systems are connected and aggregated at the district level, enabling the district government to use this village data for planning and budgeting.

In Bondowoso, the village information system was integrated with the Ministry of Social Affairs’ Integrated Social Welfare Data (DTKS), helping the government to identify BLT-Dana Desa recipients more accurately. As of June 2020,  more than 80 percent of villages in Bondowoso had distributed BLT-Dana Desa to those assessed as most  affected by COVID-19.

Manokwari Selatan District Head, Markus Waran, mentioned that the district government has been relying on the village information system, called SAIK Plus, to verify and validate the BLT-Dana Desa beneficiaries data. “SAIK Plus is the right solution since the system is simple and involves the government and village community in data collection.” said Pak Markus.

The webinar was organised by the Ministry of PPN / Bappenas in collaboration with KOMPAK. It included presentations from the Head of Bappenas’s Director of Poverty Alleviation and Development of Welfare, the Head of Social and Culture of Bondowoso Regional Development Planning, the Head of Government Affairs of  Rarang Selatan Village (Lombok Timur), and a Village Council Member from Flores Timur District.

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