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The Use of Village Information Systems to Improve Basic Services in Papua Barat

Author: Dana, Hilda Eveline
Published: 21/08/2020

“We believe that the data in the Village Administration and Information System, or SAIK Plus, is accurate and always up to date as it is managed by the cadres of the local village. The system is a reliable source for the local government to plan development programs,” explained Markus Waran, District Head of Manokwari Selatan.

It was the superiority of SAIK Plus – a system that has been developed by KOMPAK in collaboration with the District Governments of Manokwari Selatan, Sorong, Fakfak, and Kaimana since 2017 – that encouraged the Papua Barat Provincial Government to adopt the system, starting from 2020, to support the Strategic Program for Improvement of Village Development (PROSPPEK) in all 13 districts/cities of the province.

PROSPPEK is a program that aims to increase the Human Development Index (HDI) of the region through improvement of village-level healthcare, education, and economy services. It achieves this by utilising the A$22,500/year Special Autonomy Fund allocated for each village.

As a digital platform managed by the village cadres for documenting and updating social, population, and economic data of the community, SAIK Plus provides accurate data for the local government to monitor basic services and economic improvement activities and ensure they are on-target.

To date, SAIK Plus – managed by 92 village cadres (70 males and 22 females) – has been developed and used in 87 villages of Papua Barat to support planning and budgeting.

“We now rely on SAIK Plus to assist village governments in planning a better development program. SAIK Plus provides a database that can easily be accessed by the community, thus increasing transparency and community involvement in the development of the village,” said Yakobus Ramar, Head of Oransbari Sub-district.

SAIK Plus also enhances cross-sector cooperation (education, healthcare, civil registration, and village), overseen by the head of sub-district to expand coverage and quality of basic services. “Through SAIK Plus, we are able to obtain various data, such as the number of malaria cases in the village. The data will be used by the community health centres to create a more targeted malaria prevention program,” explained Paulus Kawey, a SAIK cadre in Oransbari Pantai Village.

The Papua Barat Provincial Government is currently developing SAIK Plus to cover all 1,742 villages in the province to document data of Indigenous Papuans. “By doing this, we are hoping that the Indigenous People of Papua reap the maximum benefits of the Special Autonomy Fund and the implementation of special autonomy in Papua Barat,” said Legius Wanimbo, Head of Special Autonomy Planning Department, Regional Development Planning Agency of Papua Barat.

Supported by KOMPAK, in April 2020 the Papua Barat Provincial Government modified PROSPPEK’s design in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We readjusted the regulations and instructions for PROSPPEK implementation, such as making it mandatory for the villages to use PROSPPEK funds on COVID-19 prevention activities and to facilitate distance learning for children,” explained Hilda Eveline, KOMPAK Provincial Manager for Papua and Papua Barat.

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