The Government of Indonesia has declared poverty reduction to be its uppermost development priority. Therefore the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), through Palladium Group, in partnership with the Indonesian Government worked to establish the Poverty Reduction Support Facility (PRSF) to assist the TNP2K, established under the Office of the Vice President, to provide leadership in policy and strategy development. The PRSF supports the Indonesian â€˜Acceleration of Poverty Reductionâ€™ program through the provision of technical advice, as well as managerial and financial support, through undertaking key research, designing pilot projects in reform, supporting Government reforms, and developing a â€˜Unified Databaseâ€™ to aid in identifying target beneficiaries for social protection programs. The PRSF aims to provide realistic and gender sensitive advice for policy formulation, an evidence base (through research, evaluations and pilots) for policy reforms, and to cover gaps in poverty reduction programs.
From September to December 2014 RMI provided expert capacity building and institutional change advice to identify issues related to critical path planning for transitioning to Village Law, advise on a quick start training strategy using a Training of Trainer (ToT) cascade approach and village training program, inputs to the technical advisory teams from Australian Aid funded PRSF and World Bank managed Program Support Facility (PSF) and Government on possible restructure of PNPM facilitation for implementing Village Law, as well as identifying technical needs in program transition.