Published on 26 April 2012
26 April 2012
The Secretary General of the Indonesian Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA), Diah Anggraeni, will visit the University of the Sunshine Coast tomorrow (Friday 27 April) to sign an agreement that is likely to benefit millions of Indonesians.
A Memorandum of Mutual Understanding will commit the Ministry, USC and its partner, Willi Toiusta and Associates, to work together to help upgrade MoHA’s key training centres and develop a master plan for training Indonesia’s 2.6 million village government administrators.
The first draft of the master plan will be discussed at USC tomorrow with the team from the PMD Planning Department of MoHA and the AusAID Director for Decentralisation, Poverty Reduction and Rural Development.
USC’s International Projects Group Academic Director Professor Merv Hyde said MoHA had become the main institution responsible for decentralising the Indonesian governing structure since the end of the Suharto government.
“This decentralisation process is enabling the transferral of many government functions, responsibilities and funds from national and provincial governing bodies to local governments and communities,” he said.
“A key initiative by the Indonesian government is the National Program for Community Empowerment (PNPM) which provides direct grants for villages to undertake a process by which they decide how to invest the funds for the betterment of the community.
“This program, which was launched by the President of Indonesia in 2008, is now one of the world’s largest community-based poverty reduction programs and is valued at more than a billion US dollars.
“In 2009, the Australian government announced a $A215 million commitment over five years (2009-2014) in support of PNPM, making Australia the largest bilateral donor for the program.”
Professor Hyde said MoHA and the Directorate General of Community and Village Empowerment have the obligation to ensure communities understand their responsibility in using these funds wisely and appropriately.
“Their task is enormous as it requires engaging with 2.6 million people on the implementation of good governance processes in the application of not only these funds but also from other government funded programs,” he said.
Professor Hyde said USC, in association with Willi Toisuta and Associates, has just completed a 14-day intensive professional development program, funded by AusAID, to deliver capacity-building skills to 18 MoHA senior staff responsible for the implementation of the nation-wide program.
He said the program focused on strategic educational leadership, adult learning pedagogies, information and communication technologies, competency assessment frameworks, resource organisation, and change management within an inclusive training environment.
— Terry Walsh