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Didin's Aspiration for the Poor

Author: Nur Jannah
Published: 19/10/2021

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 poverty rate across sectors to help 47,000 poor households in this district.

From 2012 to 2016, the Pekalongan District Government has made annual budgetary allocation averaging Rp230 billion for poverty reduction programs. However, the poverty rate has not declined significantly partly because a lot of the poverty reduction programs are not based on data.

This encouraged us to utilise the Integrated Planning, Budgeting, Monitoring, Evaluation and Poverty Analysis System known as SEPAKAT developed the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) together with KOMPAK and the World Bank to support the Poverty Laboratory innovation. SEPAKAT facilitates us in preparing poverty reduction programs that are based on accurate data and analysis. Programs created from SEPAKAT’s analysis include basic need fulfillment, quality improvement of the environment and housing infrastructures for the poor, and local economic development intervention.

In early 2019, we piloted the Poverty Laboratory innovation in Botosari, Kertijayan, and Mulyorejo villages. After the pilot ran for approximately two years, we got encouraging results. Uninhabitable Houses (RTLH) have decreased by 75%, access for poor households to clean water has increased by 82%, latrines have increased by 23%, and the number of people with chronic diseases handled through Healthy Indonesia Program with Family Approach (PIS-PK) has increased by 69%. In addition, we were able to reduce the number of out-of-school children by 6% through Back to School Movement (Gerakan KUDU Sekolah).

Currently, two out of the three pilot villages have managed to get out from the red village category (villages with severe poverty rate). We shared this achievement through a number of practice-sharing forums, both at national and international levels. This success has encouraged Pekalongan District Government to replicate Poverty Laboratories in six other villages and sub districts.

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