Wednesday, 21 October 2020 | 12:02 WIB

OIC Appreciates Social Affairs Ministry’s Efforts on Poverty Alleviation

OIC Appreciates Social Affairs Ministry's Efforts on Poverty Alleviation (kemensos)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Countries that are members of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) have praised Indonesia's success in overcoming poverty. This praise is included in one of the items in the research report entitled "Urban Poverty in Islamic Countries."

The report was presented at the 15th OIC Standing Committee Meeting on Economic and Commercial Cooperation (COMCEC) and the Poverty Alleviation Working Group (PAWG), which was held virtually on September 29 with the theme "Urban Poverty in the OIC Member Countries."

Indonesia Minister of Social Affairs Juliari P Batubara said the Indonesian delegation supports the recommendation of the research report from the COMCEC research team on urban poverty in Islamic countries.

"Several policy issues and recommendations related to development in urban slum areas are relevant to conditions in Indonesia," said Minister of Social Affairs Juliari in Jakarta (10/01/2020).

The suitability of the research results referred to by the Minister of Social Affairs, especially recommendations related to the formulation of handling poverty in urban areas, encourages local governments to strengthen coordination in making the necessary policies and regulations.

"This is also in job creation and the importance of collecting data and measuring the socioeconomic conditions of poor households living in urban areas," he added.

In general, the Indonesian delegation presented a poverty reduction strategy with various instruments, including one through the conditional cash transfer mechanism as the Ministry of Social Affairs continued to encourage it under the Minister of Social Affairs Juliari.

The Indonesian delegation was represented by officials from the Ministry of Social Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, Head of Planning Bureau Adhy Karyono, as the Indonesian Focal Point for the COMCEC PAWG and representatives from the Directorate General for the Management of the Poor.

"The focus meeting highlighted intervention policies for OIC countries and identified a policy recommendation that could be implemented to reduce urban poverty in line with the New Urban Agenda (SDG-11)," said Adhy.

The government has developed strategies to accelerate poverty management, including through the Keluarga Harapan Program (PKH) and the Non-Cash Food Assistance (BPNT) Program. With various social assistance, the poverty rate decreased to 9.22%, according to a survey by the Central Statistics Agency (BPS), September 2019.

The steps of the Ministry of Social Affairs were recorded in research conducted by the COMCEC research team. The meeting was attended by representatives of OIC member countries who are members of the PAWG to discuss a research report entitled "Urban Poverty in Islamic Countries" which was prepared by Prof. Semih TÜMEN as a consultant for COMCEC.

The report, addresses the main challenges of conceptualizing and measuring urban poverty with a particular focus on data collection and the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as a tool in monitoring poverty in urban slum areas.

"In addition, the report also mentions Indonesia's position as one of the countries with good urban infrastructure development, successful in poverty reduction policies and in reducing the poverty ratio," added Adhy.

Also presenting representatives from the Ministry of Family, Labor, and Social Services of Turkey, Ahmad Hafiz Abdul Aziz, (Financial Sector Specialist) and Kenneth SIMLER (Senior Economist) World Bank Group Global Knowledge and Research Hub in Malaysia.

Meanwhile, the policy discussion session has produced a number of recommendations which are summarized as follows:

First, develop a comprehensive and effective urban planning strategy that primarily focuses on better slum management to prevent the uncontrolled growth of slum settlements and the formation of new slums, and increase slum population access to basic services such as education and health services through investment. strategic.

Second, designing effective local labor market policies that will help tackle the problem of informality and create more and better jobs.

Third, activate Islamic Social Finance Tools and systematically integrate them into the general urban poverty policy toolbox.

Fourth, increase the capacity of city governance and strengthen resilience to shocks, for example the Covid-19 pandemic.

Fifth, conceptualize urban poverty and develop/improve data collection and measurement practices to achieve evidence-based policy making