Indonesia expands adoption of CBMS for Women Empowerment in 18 provinces

Following the completion of the PEP-supported Community Based Monitoring System (CBMS) Project in Indonesia, the CBMS Team based at SMERU-Research Institute is now providing technical support to the National Secretariat of PEKKA (Women Household Empowerment) in the adoption of CBMS in selected areas in 18 provinces in the country. Said initiative is being funded by the Australian Government.

PEKKA is a program in Indonesia that generally aims to strengthen capacities of women households to contribute to the process of realizing a society that is prosperous, democratic, gender-fair and respected[i]. In particular, it aims to improve women household heads welfare, organize and facilitate access of women household heads to various resources, facilitate active participation of women household heads to every phase of development, raise awareness among women household heads on their rights as human beings and as a citizen who is equal to others, and empower women heads of households to have control of their lives and in the decision making process within their families as well as within the society.

The CBMS-PEKKA collaboration has officially commenced in December 19, 2011.  The collaboration, which will last until December 2012, entails the conduct of a series of capacity building activities on CBMS data collection, processing and analysis, and the development of training modules that suits that needs of PEKKA. Capacity building on CBMS for Seknas PEKKA (in national level) started through the conduct of the workshop, “Planning and Capacity Building: PEKKA Community-Based Poverty Monitoring System” in Santika Hotel, Bogor, West Java Province, last December 19-21, 2011. Participants of this workshop included researchers of the National Secretariat (Seknas) PEKKA, the National Taskforce for Poverty Reduction Acceleration (TNP2K), and the GRM International (Australian Government Initiative). CBMS training on data collection for regional trainers of PEKKA, and the pilot test of the questionnaire in two villages in Kabupaten Bangkalan, Madura Island, East Java Province were also conducted in January 9-13, 2012. Training of local enumerators shall be conducted by the PEKKA regional trainers in March-April 2012.

The SMERU Research Institute in partnership with PEP had pilot tested the CBMS methodology and instruments in Indonesia in 2005.  The project generally aims to promote the importance of conducting periodic local monitoring activity to local stakeholders.  Said initiative is in line with the need to understand the regional dimension of poverty and the call for a monitoring system that is conducted and owned by the communities. The Project has demonstrated the reliability of survey results and has provided evidence on how CBMS can foster welfare of the people through better targeting and design of more relevant programs for communities. In 2008, the City Government of Pekalongan has adopted and implemented CBMS as a tool for local planning and for monitoring the millennium development goals (MDGs). Furthermore, CBMS was also used in 2010 by SMERU for the conduct of the PEP supported study on monitoring the impacts of the global financial crisis on poverty.

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