About East Java

East Java is the second most populous province in Indonesia with a population of 39.3 million people. Comparatively, East Java is one of the better performing provinces in Indonesia. 

The poverty rate in East Java is 11%, slightly above the national average of 9.8% (BPS, 2018). While the poverty rate is almost on par with the national average, East Java has the highest number of people living in poverty for KOMPAK’s target provinces. An estimated 4.3 million people live in poverty, more than all the other KOMPAK provinces combined.

KOMPAK in East Java

Since 2016, KOMPAK has been supporting the Provincial Government of East Java and four districts: Bondowoso, Lumajang, Pacitan and Trengggalek.

KOMPAK’s support to East Java Province for 2019-2022 focuses on kecamatan and village strengthening, public financial management, civil registration and vital statistics, basic health 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 East 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.

  • Developing a pilot to support midwives track and assist pregnant women and new mothers, enabling regular follow up for ante- and post-natal care.

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

  • Providing technical assistance to district governments on integrating the minimum service standards for health and education into planning and budgeting documents and using poverty analysis tools to better target social protection programs.

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

Profil: Legal Identity Service for Better Basic Services Access for the Poor

“Serving the community and witnessing people getting the help that they need is a remarkable thing”, said Ardian.

Developing Responsive and Competent Sub-districts

The Australian Government through KOMPAK program supports the Ministry of Home Affairs (MOHA) to develop Technical Assistance module on “Capacity of Sub-district to Eradicate Poverty through Basic Services and Productive Economy”, as part of the GOI Frontline Strategy.

Bringing Public Services Closer to the Community: Delegations Part of Bupati's Authority to Kecamatan

In Indonesia, basic services are a mandatory function of regional governments as mandated by Law No. 23/2014 regarding Regional Governance. The managements of the basic services put their frontline service points in the sub-districts. These services include Junior High Schools (SMP), Community Health Centers (PHC), and personnel assigned to assist with administrative services. As a regional government agency (OPD) closest to the community, sub-districts can play an important role in ensuring that their citizens can access basic services.

Good Practice
Catalog of East Java District Inspiration Forum

Catalog of East Java District Inspiration Forum

Good Practice
Development of a Center for Coir Processing, Pule District, Kabupaten Trenggalek

Development of a Center for Coir Processing, Pule District, Kabupaten Trenggalek

Good Practice
Kolaborasi Layanan Keliling Kepemilikan Identitas Hukum Bagi Masyarakat Miskin dan Marginal di Kabupaten Trenggalek Jawa Timur

Mobile Service Collaboration for Legal Identity Ownership for the Poor and Marginalized in Kabupaten Trenggalek, East Java

Story of Change
SIBUBA Ensures Appropriate Maternal Healthcare for Expectant Mothers

Expectant mothers with high-risk pregnancies in Bondowoso can now enjoy better-suited maternal healthcare services. The Mother and Infant Information System (SIBUBA) allows the village midwives to monitor each pregnancy accurately and swiftly. This innovation from the Bondowoso District Government and KOMPAK also interfaces with the Village Administration and Information System (SAID). Hence, each party can participate in monitoring high-risk pregnancies and use the data to plan and budget for maternal and neonatal welfare.

Story of Change
Market Linkage Improves Welfare of Biopharmaceutical Farmers

Mulyono (60), a red ginger farmer from Pule Village, Pule Sub-District, Trenggalek District, has high hopes for being a trained farmer of BUMDESMA Sari Bumi, a joint village-owned enterprise. “Now I know how to properly grow good red ginger. In the past, one bag of seeds only yielded about 5 kg of gingers, now it has tripled to 15 kg. Naturally, my income has also increased,” he explained.

Story of Change
Community Aspirations Guiding Village Priorities

Since 2019, KOMPAK and SEKNAS FITRA have been piloting a community feedback mechanism, known as ‘Posko Aspirasi’ in 33 villages. The results from Tangkil village in Trenggalek district, East Java, show promising improvements.

Story of Change
Helping Village Governments to Plan and Deliver Basic Services

“I am a PTPD Facilitator. We provide support to villages on developing and evaluating their APB Desa [Village Budgets]. We also assist villages use tools to help them with their planning and budgeting,” explained Darmujiadi, who provides technical support to village governments. He is based at the Pangul Sub-District Office in Trenggalek district, East Java.

Story of Change
Using Village Data for Poverty Reduction and Civil Registration

Since 2016, KOMPAK has been providing support to the Pacitan District Government in East Java to establish village information systems. KOMPAK initially set up the systems in two sub-districts, and the success of this pilot has led the district government to expand to all villages in the district. Pacitan now has 100 percent coverage of village information systems, all funded by local governments.

Story of Change
Legal Identity Documents Support Poverty Reduction Efforts

Salim, a 65-year-old from Ngumbul village, Pacitan district, East Java, never had a birth certificate until a few months ago. “Previously, nobody at home had a birth certificate, including my children and grandchildren. We didn’t know the importance of one to help us access services from the government,” said Salim.

Story of Change
KOMPAK’S University Builds The Village (UMD) Program Ushers The Village Towards Self-Sufficiency

On a beautiful morning, village administrators were preparing to conduct a coordination meeting at the Village Meeting Hall in Glingseran, Wringin Sub-District, Bondowoso District, East Java. The meeting was called to discuss the development of tourism in the village, which had recently become a popular destination in the District.

Given Opportunity, Anyone Can Succeed

Christina Ambarwati, Head of Women's Empowerment and Child Protection Division, Trenggalek District Social Agency

Publication > Technical Guidelines and Policy Paper
Technical Guidelines for the Development and Supervision of Village Administration by Kecamatan

This book aims to provide guidelines for sub-districts in taking anticipatory actions for villages to manage village government in the form of village development and supervision. It also aims to strengthen the capacity of the village apparatus and community in making the village independent in accordance with their authority and also the capacity of the sub-district apparatus in conducting village development and supervision to be more structured, organized and of good quality.

Publication > Technical Guidelines and Policy Paper
10 Best Practices for Prevention and Control of the COVID-19 Pandemic in the Kecamatan of East Java Province

This publication was prepared as part of the technical guidance for handling COVID-19 for sub-districts that had been prepared by the Ministry of Home Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia (Kemendagri) together with KOMPAK, which is a partnership program between the Governments of Australia and Indonesia. This publication aims to enrich these references and contains good experiences from 10 (ten) sub-districts in East Java Province which are in line with what is stated in the technical guidelines from the Ministry of Home Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia mentioned above.

Publication > Research and Evaluation Report
Evaluation of the Implementation of the Model Universitas Membangun Desa (UMD)

This study is aimed at evaluating the UMD model in order to get the main learning points for increasing the effectiveness and dissemination of the UMD model in the future. The evaluation was carried out in three provinces, Aceh, East Java, and South Sulawesi where KOMPAK had supported the previous UMD model KKN trials. During the trial, the universities that received support were the Ar-Raniry State Islamic University (UIN) Banda Aceh in Aceh, Jember University (UNEJ) in East Java, Parahyangan Catholic University in West Java and UIN Alauddin Makassar in South Sulawesi. In South Sulawesi, the scope of this evaluation was expanded to see lessons learned in the implementation of the UMD model of KKN in Pangkajene and Islands (Pangkep) districts which specifically received technical support from KOMPAK. The Pangkep Government has signed an agreement on the implementation of the Thematic KKN UMD with a number of universities and invited KKN students from UNEJ to implement the UMD model. In this evaluation, the research team interviewed 61 respondents (40 male respondents, 21 female respondents), and made direct observations in seven villages in three provinces where UMD activities were carried out by University partner.