Governor Khofifah Expresses Appreciation for Local Innovation in the East Java Forum for Inspiration

Author: Catherine Regina
Published: 29/09/2021

East Java Governor, Khofifah Indar Parawansa, opened the East Java Forum for Inspiration at Hotel Harris, Surabaya, on 23 September 2021. The forum―titled “Kecamatan CETTAR[1] untuk Jatim Bangkit” (Quick, Effective & Efficient, Alert, Transparent, Accountable, and Responsive Sub-District for Resurgent East Java)―presented numerous innovations stemmed from the collaboration between East Java Province Government and KOMPAK. This activity aimed to inspire other local governments to adopt such innovations, which have been proven to increase the quality of basic services and local economic opportunities.

The innovations include Mother and Baby Information System (SIBUBA),[2] which helped the Bondowoso District Government to reduce childbirth mortality rate of women from 192 per 100,000 childbirth in 2018 to 177 per 100,000 in 2020. SIBUBA is an Android app that monitors the condition of pregnant and childbearing women, so that Bondowoso District Government can anticipate the kind of services they need more quickly.

Special Forums for Women, Children, People with Disability, and Vulnerable Groups (MUSRENA KEREN)[3] as well as School for Vulnerable Groups (SEPEDA KEREN)[4]―both initiated by Trenggalek District Government―have been able to ensure the engagement of vulnerable groups in the inclusive development planning. Moreover, through Market Linkages model, the local government along with joint village-owned enterprises (BUMDESMA)[5] and market actors managed to improve the welfare of ginger farmers in Pule Sub-District, Trenggalek District.

In Lumajang District, the local government carried out Integrated Village Capacity Building (PKAD Terpadu)[6] to ensure that the development planning and budgeting prepared by the village government are spot on, responsive, inclusive, transparent, and accountable. Meanwhile, the Village-Based Civil Registration Services (LABKD)[7] has contributed to the completion of civil registration in Pacitan District, where birth registration ownership for children aged 0–18 had increased from 47% in 2017 to 97% in 2020.

These innovations are the outcome of the partnership between East Java Province Government and Government of Australia through KOMPAK program, which has been carried out since 2015 to support the efforts of Government of Indonesian in poverty alleviation through improved access to essential services and expansion of economic opportunities for poor and vulnerable communities in particular.

"Sub-district is a frontline closest to the community and functions as the center of coordination for various assistance programs from numerous ministries, such as Conditional Cash Assistance (PKH),[8] Village Assistance, Agricultural Assistance, Statisticians, and others. Therefore, we need to strengthen the institution and build its capacity,” Governor Khofifah explained.

According to her, the strengthening is important considering most of the basic service works and affairs directly related to the community are carried out by several sub-district institutions. “The amount of work being coordinated at the sub-district level is extraordinary, from the Integrated Social Welfare Data to coordination between villages and administrative villages. Therefore, we need to support and prepare the human resources at the sub-district level in various aspects,” she added.

On the same occasion, Deputy Governor of East Java, Emil Elestianto Dardak, hoped that the innovations will continue beyond the four pilot sub-districts. “This is a pilot project worth considering by other districts or cities in East Java and Indonesia―as an inspiration or for reference. KOMPAK played a big part in this. It is now time for us to present and explore the potential of these innovations for replication, or even inspire new innovations,” he stated.

“Today we focus on innovative programs that strengthen the role of sub-districts to provide services to the community, help local economy development, and improve the quality of governance, at village level in particular. When the head of sub-district is given a clear mandate as well as proper facilities and resources, they will be able to facilitate beneficial changes to the village and its residents,” said Kirsten Bishop, Minister Counselor, Governance and Human Development Branch, Australian Embassy. Kirsten hoped that the province and district governments could continue and even replicate these innovations, and that the central government could adopt them in the national policy.

KOMPAK Team Leader Anna Winoto emphasised the importance of local government to replicate these innovations so as to ensure that the impact is sustainable. “In East Java, there are many collaborative efforts carried out across institutions to solve poverty issues. The community is now enjoying the positive impacts of these best practices, which hopefully can continue to be carried out to generate a sustainable impact for the people,” she said.

In addition to the discussion on local government practices and innovations, the East Java Forum for Inspiration is also holding a virtual exhibition that runs until 30 September 2021.

[1] Cepat, Efektif dan Efisien, Tanggap, Transparan, Akuntabel, dan Responsif

[2] Sistem Informasi Ibu dan Bayi

[3] Musyawarah Perempuan, Anak, Penyandang Disabilitas, dan Kelompok Rentan

[4] Sekolah Perempuan, Penyandang Disabilitas, Anak, dan Kelompok Rentan

[5] Badan Usaha Milik Desa Bersama

[6] Peningkatan Kapasitas Aparatur Desa Terpadu

[7] Layanan Adminduk Berbasis Kewenangan Desa

[8] Program Keluarga Harapan

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