SKALA SIX MONTHLY PROGRESS REPORT

10/28/2023

Sinergi dan Kolaborasi untuk Akselerasi Layanan Dasar (Synergy and Collaboration for Service Delivery Acceleration – SKALA) is an Australia-Indonesia Partnership program designed to help Indonesia address regional disparities in development. SKALA aims to strengthen selected elements of Indonesia’s large and complex decentralised government system responsible for the delivery of basic services, focusing on accelerating the improved delivery of services in less developed regions, particularly for vulnerable groups, including women and people with disabilities. SKALA supports policy harmonisation at national and subnational level, with a view to improve public financial management and the quality of spending through evidence-based planning and budgeting. SKALA is a continuation of significant investments of the Australian Government in support of Indonesia’s decentralisation policies, including KOMPAK (2015 – 2022), AIPD (2011 – 2015), and ANTARA (2005 – 2010).

SKALA’s head contract was signed on 25 October 2022, and the program entered into its inception phase until the end of June 2023. Due to delays in the signature of its Subsidiary Arrangement (SA), the program operated under an interim arrangement until the SA was signed on 30 March 2023. The interim workplan was developed under this arrangement, with activities proposed by key ministries and approved by DFAT. For accountability purposes, all activities delivered until the end of June 2023 were considered part of the arrangement.

The transition from KOMPAK, which ended on 30 June 2022, to SKALA occured at the commencement of an important period of change in Indonesia. In 2024, national and local elections will be synchronised for the first time, and preparation for this change is well underway. While this change creates political uncertainty due to its scale, it is also an opportunity for the alignment of national and local plans in a period when the national government is preparing both mid- and long-term development plans. Aside from political shifts, this alignment also progresses within a changed fiscal context: Law 1/2022 on the Financial relations between the Central Government and the Regional Government adjusts and refines the fiscal relationships between central and local governments. In this context, it was particularly important that relationships and engagement around Indonesia’s decentralisation on be maintained. As such, key goals of SKALA’s interim workplan included:

  • Maintaining of program momentum from KOMPAK into SKALA
  • Maintaining and building of trust and relationships with government stakeholders
  • Refining of strategies through in depth understanding of current government goals and
    priorities
  • Supporting collaboration between SKALA government partners.

Sinergi dan Kolaborasi untuk Akselerasi Layanan Dasar (SKALA) adalah Program Kemitraan Australia-Indonesia untuk mendukung Pemerintah Indonesia dalam upaya mengurangi kemiskinan dan ketimpangan dengan meningkatkan penyediaan layanan dasar bagi masyarakat miskin dan rentan di daerah tertinggal.

HUBUNGI KAMI

Sinergi dan Kolaborasi untuk Akselerasi Layanan Dasar (SKALA) adalah Program Kemitraan Australia-Indonesia untuk mendukung Pemerintah Indonesia dalam upaya mengurangi kemiskinan dan ketimpangan dengan meningkatkan penyediaan layanan dasar bagi masyarakat miskin dan rentan di daerah tertinggal.

HUBUNGI KAMI

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