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Social Affairs Ministry: Pandemic Recovery Should be a Joint Effort

Social Affairs Ministry: Pandemic Recovery Should be a Joint Effort (kemensos)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Head of Planning Bureau at the Indonesia Ministry of Social Affairs Adhy Karyono said that in the early phases of the pandemic, it is necessary to encourage foreign development partners, including bilateral, multilateral, and non-government entities, to support Indonesia in handling Covid-19. This is in accordance with the direction of Minister of Social Affairs Juliari P Batubara.

At this point, all agree that there is complexity in the delivery of public services, and the government has limitations. Therefore, the role of non-government entities such as Human and Inclusion (HI) is very significant and necessary.

This statement was conveyed by Adhy during the launching of the I AM SAFE Project: Inclusive Access to Multi-sectoral Services and Assistance for Everyone, in Jakarta, on Wednesday (10/21/2020).

"In the future, Indonesia will go through long years of economic recovery and social rehabilitation after the pandemic ends," he said.

There needs policy on expanding the system of social protection and social rehabilitation for vulnerable groups, including persons with disabilities and vulnerable groups.

"Making the system more responsive to future crises will be an important component of the recovery phase and building community resilience," said Adhy.

The cooperation with HI and as a strategic development partner in the field of social rehabilitation of persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups in Indonesia has been going on for a decade.

"The cooperation is through various programs to expand access and advocate for the fulfillment of rights to improve the dignity and welfare of persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups," he said.

The launching of the I AM SAFE program is set to bring added value to existing programs, and contribute positively to the social protection and rehabilitation of persons with disabilities and vulnerable groups, especially in the Covid-19 situation.

The cooperation is also related to mitigating the risks and impacts of Covid-19 through support for psychosocial services, health referrals, socio-economic recovery and resilience of vulnerable groups, and partner organizations.

"We would like to express our gratitude and appreciation to the EU as the funding agency for the I AM SAFE program and technical partners in central government and regional government ministries/agencies, the technical directorate of the Ministry of Social Affairs, as well as local governments and local partners who are partners in implementing the program in the field," Adhy Karyono added.