The issue of inequity

UNICEF's vision for children in Indonesia

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Facts and figures


UNICEF's strategic approach

Strategies to reduce inequity

UNICEF adopts a number of critical strategies across the Indonesia country programme designed to tackle the underlying causes of inequities.

  • Supporting evidence-based advocacy that helps strengthen national and regional policies and ensures better targeting of resources to reach the most vulnerable
  • Strengthening the technical and structural capacity of government and other institutions to offer better quality basic services – such as health, education, early childhood development, birth registration, prevention of HIV/AIDS,  prevention of violence and abuse and other protection for children at risk, and improved social welfare programmes – while helping improve governance and management structures to ensure the most vulnerable can access and use those services
  • Supporting improvements in the government’s ability to reduce the risk of possible emergencies, plan for natural and other disasters, and respond to those that occur, recognising that such disasters worst affect the most vulnerable and can impact heavily on those already living close to the vulnerability threshold.

Helping decentralisation work for children

As part of the economic and political reforms introduced over the last decade, more political and administrative authority has been provided to district governments. This has brought governance closer to the people, along with resources to address locally identified needs.

This provides a great opportunity to ensure that local decision making genuinely responds to the needs of the most vulnerable and addresses issues of inequity; while national data can often disguise disparities, local information and evidence can best identify where critical gaps lie – and help design the most effective solutions.

UNICEF is committed to supporting the technical capacity of local governments for evidence-based planning and budgeting, to help design and implement local laws and regulation in favour of women and children, and supporting the development of model programmes in selected provinces and districts that best fulfil the rights of the most vulnerable.



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