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    • By esaraswati
    • / 31 October 2016

    Time: March 21, 2016 - April 8, 2016

    Location: East Java, Gorontalo, NTB, West Kalimantan

    The Generasi project continues to support the Government of Indonesia (GOI)’s 2015-2019 Medium-Term Development Plan as a priority program for improving basic services for the poor and vulnerable. The project supports Government efforts to reduce maternal and child mortality, reduce childhood stunting, and achieve universal, inclusive primary education.

    The Generasi program is accompanied by complementary maternal and child health and nutrition interventions that aim at improving the coverage and quality of preventative and promotive health services. This includes activities such as capacity strengthening of health services providers, behavioral change communications (BCC) to improve caring practices, provision of appropriate micronutrient supplements and growth promotion activities. The appropriate supply-side interventions will enable health providers to effectively respond to increased community demand for health services. Ensuring that these activities are being implemented with high quality, sufficient coverage and intensity are essential to ensuring that development objectives can be achieved.

    Generasi is also continuing its support of the development of an Early Childhood Education and Development program that is scaling-up to all PNPM Generasi locations and working closely with the Ministry of National Education (MoNE) on piloting the frontline approach to strengthened delivery service and accountability from the supply side through ECED teacher’s training in 25 Districts.

    Furthermore, the 2014 Village Law establishes a new institutional framework for community development in Indonesia and therefore has implications for village development, sub-national governance and local service delivery. Furthermore, it increases the authority and responsibility of the village and provides the scope and resources for villagers to play a greater role in village planning and service delivery. This system stipulates a substantial increase of fiscal transfers to the village and puts development as the central task of the village, providing an opportunity for villages to improve access and quality of basic health and education in rural areas.    

    This year, Generasi is starting to prepare the exit strategy by 2017 through integration with Village Law planning processes and activities. On the operational side, the transition of the Village Law has an implication on the institutionalization and implementation of Generasi. As a result, the GOI has decided to pilot one province (NTB) to start with the integration and implementation of Generasi into Village Law activities and mechanisms starting in 2016. One of the aims is to reduce the community block grant by increasing the operational funds to support the capacity building of village actors and facilitators.

    Next year, Generasi will be implementing the Village Law integration mechanism in all locations across 11 provinces. The ‘no block grant’ will be applied across 8 provinces, while the new three provinces will still continuing receiving the community block grant as a part of the joint commitment agreement on nutrition impact evaluation component from MCA-I. The Government of Indonesia will support all Generasi locations by providing additional operations funds for capacity building activities and continue to provide facilitators to support implementation.

    Additional issue relate to the progress of appropriate supply-side interventions, especially on the support of the IYCF training for Posyandu Cadres supported by MCA-I and the Ministry of Health in all 11 provinces. These activities are very critical as this condition has affected to the achievement of the Generasi performance indicators, especially indicators that are related to nutrition consulting activities. 

    Meanwhile the ECED pilot has started the first batch of teacher training activities which involve not only participation from the local implementing unit (BPMD) but also active engagement with the local education sector as well as Generasi facilitators from the village to district level. 

    The Generasi Implementation Support was conducted on March, 21 - April 8, 2016 to asses Generasi implementation, specifically focusing on: program integration and institutionalization; health; the ECED Pilot; Program Management areas including Procurement, FM, Audit, MIS, M&E and Complaint Handling; and Social and Environmental safeguards. The output of the missions include findings and recommendations to the implementing agency (Ministry of Villages) and to the National Management Consultant (NMC) group related to activity implementation of Generasi for further evaluation/discussion.