Integration of Poverty Programs Can Reduce Poverty by Two Percent
The level of inequality in 2017 is getting better. This is indicated by the Gini Ratio decrease indicator of 0.391 percent (year-on-year) due to the increase in the proportion of consumption of the lower and middle group of 40 percent. In addition, this achievement is also spurred by agricultural policy and productive economic development through agrarian reform and increased productivity in the agricultural sector, expanding employment opportunities through vocational development and youth employment training, as well as affirmative policies for 40 percent of the poor such as targeted subsidy reform and expansion of access to basic services.
There are three outreaches to the poverty reduction program for 2018, including: the expansion of non-cash social assistance that must be ensured on time, non-cash food aid to improve people’s food consumption patterns, as well as cash for work for underprivileged communities . “Particularly cash-intensive work is aimed at increasing revenues, creating temporary employment, lowering stunting rates, and reducing poverty. This is primarily for disaster-affected, post-conflict, and food-prone villages. Our target in 2018 is 1,000 villages in 100 districts / municipalities, with funds sourced from village funds, APBN and APBD, “explained Minister of National Development Planning / Head of Bappenas Bambang Brodjonegoro in a press conference” Dissecting Poverty and Gap: BPS Latest Data Release ” in the Meeting Room of Djunaedi Hadisumarto, Bappenas Building.
One of the government’s special strategies for poverty alleviation in 2018 is the integration of poverty programs, with the implementation of social protection based on life-cycle approaches, beneficiaries receive full benefits because they are single targeting framework for holistic poverty interventions, and encourage the development of one-stop services and the implementation of non-cash social assistance.
“Empirical studies show that if we integrate poverty programs, then the poverty rate may fall by as much as two percent. Now our poverty rate is ten percent, it could be eight percent. Surely we are not that seambicius in 2018, but at least there should be efforts to integrate the poverty reduction faster, “he explained. Also present was accompanying Minister Bambang at the press conference on Tuesday afternoon, Social and Poverty Reduction Expert Staff Rahma Iryanti, Director of Poverty Reduction and Social Welfare Vivi Yulaswati, and Head of Thohir Afandi’s Public Relations and Administration Bureau.