Government of Indonesia and UNICEF sign US$ 48 million agreement to improve the lives of children in 2010
JAKARTA, 12 January, 2010 — The Government of Indonesia signed an agreement with UNICEF for the year 2010 today, formally establishing a partnership that aims to make US$ 48 million available through UNICEF for programmes in favour of children and women.
This cooperation is the last year of a five-year programme cycle spanning 2006 till 2010. The cooperation places special emphasis on four priority provinces - Aceh, Nusa Tenggara Timur, Papua and West Papua - which have been identified by the government and the UN as areas where additional efforts are required to accelerate progress in development. Millions of children will be reached through national and subnational level policy work. UNICEF and the central government will strive to make decentralization work for children by engaging sub-national authorities in 14 provinces across Indonesia.
The Deputy Head of Bappenas, the National Development Planning Agency, Nina Sardjunani, said that the agreement will support the government’s ongoing efforts in the national planning priorities (RPJM) and address the challenges related to achieving the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.
“Indonesia through policies and budget allocation is now putting children’s and women’s survival and their development as a focus of the national development priority,” she said.
Indonesia has made significant steps towards achievements for Indonesian children reflected in primary enrolment rates and a decrease in gender disparity in literacy, lower infant mortality rates and fewer deaths from malnutrition and diseases. However, challenges remain as the decline in infant mortality rates has slowed in the last five years. While a high percentage of children are benefiting from schooling, there is a significant drop-out rate at the junior secondary level, and wide regional disparities in resources.
UNICEF Representative in Indonesia Angela Kearney noted that wherever disparities existed for children the organization would work closely with the government at national, provincial and district level to ensure adequate resources and investments were made, contributing to improved policies, strengthening systems and services and responding to the special needs of children in times of emergency.
"It is critical that we maintain our joint efforts towards attaining the Millennium Development Goals for children and women with equity," she said. "We are proud to note that UNICEF Indonesia has officially worked with the Government of Indonesia since 1950 to ensure that every child enjoys the right to the best start to life, to a quality education and to adequate protection in society."
The 2010 agreement was jointly developed by the Government and UNICEF including extensive consultations across the country. It focuses on child survival and early development, education and adolescent development and social policy and child protection as well as strengthening emergency response during disasters and pandemic preparedness.