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Type Working Paper - Economics Working Paper Series
Title Poverty targeting in Indonesia: programs, problems and lessons learned
Volume 83
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2004
URL http://econpapers.repec.org/RePEc:sis:wpecon:wpe083
This paper presents a discussion on some poverty alleviation programs that are specifically
targeted to the poor. The programs covered in this paper are: Inpres Desa Tertinggal (IDT),
Padat Karya (Employment), Food Security, Education and Health component of the post-
crisis Social Safety Net package. Brief assessments of the programs show that the targeting of
poverty alleviation programs in Indonesia has been a difficult and frustrating process for cen-
tral government planners attempting to allocate scarce budgetary resources as efficiently and
effectively as possible. Although poor families did benefit to a certain degree, all the pro-
grams that we have considered have suffered from two common problems: under-coverage and leakage. The paper concludes that the effectiveness of various poverty-targeted program in Indonesia are determined by, among other things, the type of targeting, administrative capacity, program design and publicity, and the quality of monitoring.

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