European Union and World Vision conclude project in West Kalimantan
Project supports creation of child-friendly districts in Sintang, Melawi and Sekadau
For four years World Vision Germany and Wahana Visi Indonesia (WVI), together with the European Union (EU), have assisted the people of West Kalimantan in 50 villages, 10 sub-districts and 3 districts through the Programme for Strengthening the Role of Village Communities and Civil Society Organisations (CSO). This programme – which is concluded in a ceremony today – has brought many positive changes, especially in improving the quality of health facilities as well as regional commitments to become child-friendly regency/city.
This programme – which received an EU grant funding of EUR 650,000 – is intended for civil society organisations, child-friendly district/city (Kota Layak Anak/KLA) working groups, children's forums, and local governments, to be involved in policy supervision in basic health and community welfare sectors. 174 facilitators in 50 villages have been trained and involved in dialogue and action with the government and the community.
As a result, the three districts – Sintang, Melawi and Sekadau – are committed to become child-friendly regency/city, so that the budget for the health sector increases annually according to project objectives. Puskesmas (Community Health Center) services have opened for 24 hours while the quality of services and facilities have improved in 40 Posyandu (Integrated Health Post for Child Health) and Puskesmas.
The participation of community organisations was also able to encourage the improvement in district expenditure allocations for the health sector in all three districts during the course of the Action. Referring to central government regulation, budget allocation for basic health and welfare is at minimum 10% of the total Annual District Government Budget (APBD). In Sintang, budget allocation for health has increased from IDR 174 billion or 9,51% (2016) to IDR 307 billion or 15,84% (2019). In Melawi, it increased from IDR 121 billion or 10,91% (2016) to IDR 157 billion or 13,44% (2019), while in Sekadau it increased from IDR 58 billion or 7,07% (2016) to IDR 70 billion or 8.14% (2019). The increased budget allocation is used for the construction and renovation of health facilities such as Puskesmas, Posyandu, and the operational costs of Puskesmas. It is worth noting that there are multiple factors influencing local budgeting, particularly the revenues from central government. Even though the Action cannot control the district budget, evidence is pertinent in terms of influencing budget allocations. Through the CSO Coalitions efforts, the Action has contributed to increase the health budget in three target districts.
In addition, the coalition of civil society organisations has successfully recommended to the regional governments to issue several regional regulations such as:
In an address by H.E. Vincent Piket, EU Ambassador to Indonesia read by Mr Hans Farnhammer, Head of Cooperation of the Delegation of the European Union to Indonesia said: "The EU is delighted to have supported transparency and accountability of public services and finances related to Child Friendly Districts in Kalimantan and we hope that the results contribute to creation of a comprehensive national child protection system in Indonesia to prevent and respond to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of children".
“We appreciate the cooperation that has been carried out with the European Union since 2016. We hope that the regional government and community can continue the cooperation. It will help us create a better environment for children to grow and develop optimally," said Doseba T. Sinay, National Director of Wahana Visi Indonesia (WVI). A similar program is implemented by WVI in East Nusa Tenggara, in Kupang, North Central Timor (TTU) and Sikka regencies.
Alysius, a facilitator in Rirang Jati Village, Nanga Taman district, Sekadau regency, said that in 2017 Rirang Jati Village only had one posyandu and one village midwife. "Now we have 3 posyandu, 2 health workers and many posyandu cadres," said Alysius.