The Government of South Sulawesi Province awarded the Heads of Bantaeng and Pangkep Districts for successfully initiating innovations for basic services and garnering public aspirations.
The awards were presented at the South Sulawesi Inspiration Forum themed “Improving Public Service for South Sulawesi that is Serving, Innovative, and with Character” in Makassar, Thursday (11/11). Also present were the Regional Secretary of South Sulawesi Province, Dr. Abdul Hayat Gani, M.Si., the Acting Directorate General of Regional Development of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Dr. Sugeng Hariyono, M.Pd., the Deputy for Population and Manpower of BAPPENAS, Drs. Pungky Sumadi, MCP, PhD, the Deputy for Public Services of Ministry of State Apparatus Utilization and Bureaucratic Reform, Prof. Dr. Diah Natalisa, MBA, and the Australian Consul-General, Bronwyn Robbins.
"The government should not be absent from providing services to the community, because basic services such as education are the key to poverty alleviation," explained Abdul Hayat Gani. "Therefore, I appreciate the proven innovations which had been done by Bantaeng District to bring civil registration (adminduk) services closer, especially for the poor and vulnerable. Also, Pangkep District with its education innovation to answer the challenges of the archipelago," he added.
Pangkep District Government reduced the dropout number of children of fisherman communities from 2.25% in 2016/2017 to below 1% in 2020.
Among the successful innovations are Boat Class (known as Kelas Perahu) education service, which has helped Pangkep District Government in reducing the dropout number of children from fisherman communities from 2.25% in 2016/2017 to below 1% in 2020, and Healthy Boat Happy Island (known as Perahu Sehat Pulau Bahagia/PSPB) ─ which provides the island communities of Pangkep District an easier access to quality basic health services.
In Bantaeng District, the Village-based Civil Registration Service (Layanan Adminduk Berbasis Kewenangan Desa/LABKD) has helped the village/kelurahan communities, especially the elderly, people with disabilities, and communities living in remote areas, to have legal identity documents. Head of Bantaeng District, Dr. H. Ilham Syah Azikin, M. Si described that the idea that has been thought of by the local government was finally realized with KOMPAK’s support. KOMPAK provided different perspectives from academic, comparative, and good practices of other regional administrative services, which are suitable to be adapted and adjusted to became LABKD in Bantaeng. This eventually contribute significantly in supporting the vision 'Good Civil Registration, Good Bantaeng' (Adminduk Baik, Bantaeng Baik). “The presence of KOMPAK feels like vitamin and supplement for us,” he added.
“The presence of KOMPAK feels like vitamin and supplement for us,” stated by the Head of Bantaeng District, Dr. H. Ilham Syah Azikin, M. Si.
In addition, the Community Feedback Mechanism (known as Posko Aspirasi) innovation has helped strengthen the capacity of the Village Council (Badan Permusyawaratan Desa/BPD) in performing its roles and functions to explore the community aspirations and complaints in order to encourage social accountability in the village. The Chair of the BPD Forum of Bantaeng District, Arifuddin, S.Pd., M.M also stated that BPD Bantaeng is now much more improved with the intervention of KOMPAK. “In fact, we dare to state that our BPD can now 'bite' thanks to KOMPAK assistance that intensively increases the capacity of BPD officers with trainings, meetings, and discussions,” he explained.
All of the innovations are the result of the collaboration between the Provincial Government of South Sulawesi and KOMPAK (Kolaborasi Masyarakat dan Pelayanan untuk Kesejahteraan), as a part of the Australia-Indonesia Government Partnership Program. This collaboration started in 2015 and aims to support poverty reduction efforts by improving access and quality of basic services as well as expanding job opportunities for the poor and vulnerable in seven provinces, including South Sulawesi.
“I hope the collaboration and synergy of all stakeholders, including KOMPAK, can be continued so that the innovation will be more and more effective in contributing to reduce poverty level in South Sulawesi Province which is currently still at 9.8%,” said Abdul Hayat Gani.
“Australia is proud to be supporting the Government of South Sulawesi to reduce inequality and improve basic services through our KOMPAK program, under our Partnerships for Recovery development cooperation framework. Through collaboration with provincial and district stakeholders, KOMPAK is finding innovative solutions to local problems which will benefit some of the most remote and vulnerable communities in South Sulawesi,” stated Bronwyn Robbins, the Australian Consul-General in Makassar.
Ms. Robbins also added that the partnerships established through KOMPAK, which are underpinned by the Australian Government’s commitment to gender equality and social inclusion, are providing valuable evidence to strengthen policymaking at both the subnational and national levels.
All of the innovations are the result of the collaboration between the Provincial Government of South Sulawesi and KOMPAK, as a part of the Australia-Indonesia Government Partnership Program.