Study Tour: Government Delegation visits Indonesia
From March 19-24, 2017 a delegation of ten Government of Bangladesh officials from the Finance Division and six line ministries (Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, Ministry of Social Welfare, Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Primary and Mass Education, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare) visited Indonesia to liaise with Indonesian counterparts and the key government stakeholders in the country’s social protection schemes.
As part of SPFMSP’s capacity development workstream, the Project aims to send policy-level government officials on study tours to countries with important social protection evidence to share. Study tours provide a unique opportunity to leverage global lessons of experiences. These initiatives help develop better social protection strategies and systems in at least three ways:
- By enabling learning about the successful government social protection programmes in other countries, the tours provide practical and relevant information for adaptation in the design and implementation of appropriate interventions in Bangladesh.
- By strengthening political will, which constitutes a critical element in the successful implementation of effective programmes. Access to information regarding the potential impact of social protection initiatives as well as best practice implementation models has proven an important stimulus to broad-based political support in many countries.
- By offering government officials the opportunity to travel and learn together, study tours reinforce linkages among relevant policy-makers and officials in their own countries, providing opportunities for networking to help develop consensus and momentum to move forward with the design and implementation of integrated and comprehensive social protection systems.
The study tour was organised in partnership with Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Social Protection Hub, located in Jakarta. The study tour to Indonesia included meetings with high-level officials from the Ministry of Planning and Development (BAPPENAS), the Ministry of Social Affairs, and the National Team for Acceleration of Poverty (TNP2K) under the Vice President’s Office. The delegation also travelled to the field in East Java to Batu and Malang and met with local government and Ministry of Social Affairs officials, social protection scheme staff and scheme beneficiaries.
Key lessons discussed included the reform and implementation of the PKH programme (Family Hope Programme) under the Ministry of Social Affairs, the development of an integrated referral system (referred to as SLRT) for beneficiary selection, inter-ministerial coordination, and evidence-based programme evaluation.
A total of four additional secretaries from Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Social Welfare, three deputy secretaries from Finance Division, two deputy chiefs from Ministry of Primary and Mass Education and Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, and one deputy director from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare comprised the delegation. SPFMSP has previously organised two other study tours: one to India (April 2016) and one to Kenya (January 2017).