Bojonegoro Develops IT-Based Resource Center on Poverty Alleviation

Poverty Map of Bojonegoro District (Source: www.bi.or.id)

 

The fundamental issues in the strategy as well as program on poverty alleviation are the availability and access to data, including the integration of data among agencies related to poverty alleviation in regional area. This is compounded by the perception of bureaucracy which assumes that government’s data is confidential, difficult to access, sectoral, and not belong to all SKPD (Regional Work Unit) yet. As a result, poverty alleviation program is considered ineffective because the program is not well-synchronized and not supported by strong data. No wonder if public find it difficult to access the data. In fact, today is the openness era. Government should be open toward public, notably in terms of access to data, so that public can support their policies.

To assist those, Bojonegoro Institute collaborated with Publish What You Pay Indonesia and supported by Ford Foundation, gave assistance to local government in developing IT-based resource center. One of the initiatives is poverty map. Poverty Map shows several types of map with a wide variety of data, such as: 1) Map of the village which includes: Village Data Allocation, Smart and Healthy Village Movement, Rice for the Poor; 2) Sub-district map that includes data: education, GDP, poor people, integrated database, Data Collection of Social Protection Program (PPLS), and Rice for poor; 3) Map of province, including the potency of villages, poor people, Social Welfare Index, and HDI East Java. Interestingly, since Bojonegoro is one of oil producing district, the Proportional Village Data Allocation based oil and gas also included in the village map.

The Director of BI Syaiful Huda said, “Next, this map, will be developed  further by incorporating data on the potency of Bojonegoro district. Thus this map could help stakeholders in the policy making process, especially related to the  poverty alleviation program. Besides that, the academics, researchers, NGOs/CSOs activists and also students can utilize Poverty Map to get involved more in poverty alleviation; mainly by conducting study and analysis, giving recommendation as well as innovation based on the map and also monitoring the poverty alleviation policy in the local level.”

So far, the government of Bojonegoro District responded positively. According to the Bojonegoro-Poverty Alleviation Coordination Team Secretariat, Junaedi, “this poverty map is very useful, especially for policy making district to village level. Also as concrete implementation of the data and information openness as well as budget transparency for society. Therefore, all parties, government, academics, and also poor people can work together to address poverty.

Poverty Map is one of the products from Resource Center Poverty Alleviation Coordination Team that has been developed. Poverty Alleviation Coordination Team as Resource Center is expected to serve as the center of activity, coordination, integration, validation, and monitoring the acceleration of poverty alleviation in the local. And also responsive to the recent progress of poverty condition in the local. Not to mention its role as an institution to accomodate aspiration, innovation, ideas, program and poor needs.

According to the plan, poverty map will release in early May 2015. Currently, data entry process is still ongoing, and waiting for the completion of TKPD’s website. Syaiful Huda said that, poverty maps will be published not only in Bojonegoro Institute’s site (www.bi.or.id), but also in Bojonegoro district’s site. This statplanet-application based poverty map, only costs about 395 US $. By using this application, poverty data can be shown in a more user friendly and attractive way, also can be exported to excel format that can be easily analyzed later.

Reading statistic data in table format may make you confuse. But it won’t happen when you access the data through this application. This poverty map also does not require complicated installation process, as long as there is Adobe Flash Player. Another good news is, this app can be accessed via smartphone and PCs.

The Poverty Map proves that there is always innovation in development when government and society have good will. However, poverty map completion is not the end. Data utilization in poverty alleviation in the local will be homework that needs to be completed.