Integrity and Accountability Process for Education, Agriculture, and People’s Welfare Budgets
Basic Project Information
The project sought to create a replicable model for monitoring government education, agriculture, and social welfare spending using community interface meetings among key stakeholders on three major social programs.
Improve the effectiveness, efficiency, and reduce corruption in education, agriculture, and social welfare government assistance programs
- Identify the integrity and accountability issues reducing the efficiency of the three programs
- Recommend budget management improvements, and use this as a model for other social programs
- Encourage constructive dialogue between citizens, civil society organizations (CSOs), journalists, government, and legislators to enhance accountability measures and spending efficiency
PATTIRO sought to monitor and assess the implementation of national social programs in order to better understand and address corruption, leakages, and delays in three of the largest national assistance programs in Indonesia:
- School Operational Assistance (BOS) – Funding for essential school materials, such as books and equipment,
- Rice for the poor (Raskin) – Discounted rice for poor families, and
- Subsidized Fertilizer – Discounted fertilizer for small farmers.
With community support, PATTIRO led an initial assessment and extensive mapping of the main challenges facing the three national assistance programs before facilitating workshops with local government officials and service providers in order to discuss those challenges and identify solutions. Following these initial activities, PATTIRO organized social audits that brought together these stakeholders with service recipients and a wider set of government officials in order to address various service delivery challenges. These mechanisms revealed multiple service delivery problems, including: lack of adequate information on programs, illegal fees, insufficient complaint mechanisms, as well as leakages and delays in fund and material transfers. PATTIRO used the project findings and recommendations that emerged from multi-stakeholder meetings to create a model for how communities can help ensure integrity and accountability in public budget and expenditure management. They then promoted this model to local and national government officials. The project was a component of USAID’s Strengthening Integrity and Accountability Program.
Use of Information Communication Technology
Nearly 10,000 community participants across 10 project locations
- Integrity and accountability system model built to monitor government assistance programs
- Increased community, CSO, and journalist capacity to monitor budget expenditures of public programs
- Increased public demand for better services
- Increased dialogue between government, CSOs, and service recipients