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    Building on the existing PNPM–Rural platform, the program aims to accelerate social and economic infrastructure development by improving access of the poor to the following: transportation facilities; water supply and sanitation facilities; irrigation facilities; market facilities; health facilities and education facilities; and by introducing micro–credit services on a pilot basis. The project in this way contributes to: rural poverty alleviation efforts, the autonomous development of regional economies, the increasingly self–reliant capacity building of local communities, and strengthening the administrative capacity of local governments.

    RISE is financed through a International Cooperation Agency (JICA) loan in the amount JPY23.5billion or US$252.2 million.

    2010 Progress: The project has provided community grants for 2,355 villages disbursing more than US$42 million over 9,485 packages. In 2010, these community grants directly benefited 142,275 households (711,375 persons).

    Systemic Issues: In general, the RISE project has been well organized and implemented on schedule. However, in order to maximize development outcomes, it may be necessary to (a) strengthen the integrated planning and budgeting process through the National Development Planning Mechanism (SPPN), and (b) improve the operations and maintenance capacity of community groups.

    2011 Plans and Activities: The program will continue to implement community grants. An in–depth, mid–term Impact Evaluation Study was launch at the beginning of 2011. Collaboration with JICA’s technical assistance project “Sulawesi Capacity Development Project” will be considered in order to strengthen the capacity of local government in integrated regional development planning (pilot base).

    Scope:

    237 kecamatan/34 kabupaten in the nine provinces of North Sumatra, Jambi, Bengkulu, Bangka Belitung, West Nusa Tenggara, West Kalimantan, South Kalimantan, South Sulawesi, and West Sulawesi.