News Dompet Dhuafa
By: Ahmad Juwayni
At the beginning of his tenure Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s government had promised that until the end of the term (in 2014), will reduce the poverty rate up to 8 percent. But until the end of 2012, the poverty rate in Indonesia is still perched in the range of two-digits (11.96%). With the remainder of the term that stayed two years and with all the economic and social conditions that will color, it seems difficult to fulfill that promise.
The poverty rate above, refers to the Central Statistics Agency (BPS), which measures the consumption poverty line approach which is also in line with the approach of the World Bank. The poverty line is measured by the ability to buy food equivalent to 2100 calories per capita per day and the cost to obtain the minimum requirements for goods / services, clothing, housing, health, transportation, and education.
BPS poverty line in 2012 is the per capita income of less than IDR 250,000 per month. While the World Bank poverty line is the per capita income of USD 2 per day (as measured by the Purchase Power of Parity)
Why the promise of 8% poverty rate will not be achieved? Since the trend in poverty reduction per year in the last three years the highest was just 1%. While Indonesia’s population growth rate is 1.49% per year. So in absolute poverty rate as the number of poor people increased as a result of population growth cannot be reduced by the rate of poverty reduction through development programs undertaken by the government as long as it has been done.
The poverty rate can only be reduced significantly by changing the pattern of development in an extraordinary government. The government should take measures in order the real breakthrough in tackling poverty. These steps include a focus course development, budgeting, implementation and monitoring of development implementation and enforcement of laws to prevent the diversion and misuse of development funds. We certainly do not want a reduction in poverty is born from engineered the poverty line, and population growth rate. Because this engineering measures to reduce the poverty rate only satisfy our mathematical logic, but actually it is a false form of camouflage.
Still, the efforts to reduce poverty will not reach the target, but in 2013 there will be changes as signaled hope. Noteworthy is the plan to increase Provincial Minimum Wage (UMP) that equally fantastic in different areas. The average increase in minimum wage reaches more than 40% of which will impact significantly in improving the income of the people in the groups, such as labor groups. The increase in revenue is the bottom one factor improving the welfare of society as a whole.
Of course, on the one hand, the increase of UMP is too fantastic and will hit businesses, especially micro and small enterprises. Some companies may be out of business, relocate or make efficiency. The increase in minimum wage will also increase the prices of goods and services to be consumed by the public. But in time the economy will reach a new equilibrium higher due to the increased UMP. We expect the minimal negative impact of the minimum wage hike.
The predicted poverty rate for 2013 was 11.23%. This means that the number of poor people in Indonesia still reached 27.48 million people. Although the poverty rate is still in double-digit levels, the attention to the plight of the poor continues to increase. Many areas that have been able to exempt health care at health centers and nine years of basic education services. This would improve the quality of life of the poor. Especially later in January 2014 to begin implementation of the Management Board of the Social Security program (BPJS) which will provide guarantees free health care to the poor in Indonesia.
Poverty reduction in Indonesia, in addition is the duty of the government, but also requires the involvement of the community and business world. The role of zakat institutions are also increasingly required to manage the empowerment program that has a significant effect in reducing poverty. The business community, particularly through the funding of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) should be used to fund activities that are directly related to poverty reduction. All parties involved in poverty reduction activities should synergistically is significant to accelerate the pace of poverty reduction.
Whirlwind Disasters Care in Sleman, DD Jogya submitted assistance for Bromonilan Mosque Renovations.
SLEMAN – Whirlwind disaster that hit the district that lies within Kalasan, leaving a deep sadness for the people. Not only 18 people injured were reported, but the disaster also destroyed most of the existing housing in the Village areas of Purwomartani and Maguwoharjo village, Sleman.
From the data collected, the disaster which took place on last friday (7/12) at 14.00 pm, a total damaged of 519 houses, 29 business space units, and 4 units important infrastructures.
One of the main infrastructure was severely damaged was Al-Hikmah Mosque located in RW 03, Bromonilan, Purwomartani. As a form of awareness, Dompet Dhuafa Jogja directly distributed some aid for mosque renovations. This aid was channeled in the form of 30 pieces of asbestos, and 100 sheets of ceilings and some equipment to repair the roof and ceiling of the mosque. As for the residents, Dompet Dhuafa distributed 20 sheets of protective tarpaulin in relief for residents whose homes were badly damaged, these aid had given while the rain intensity is still very high.
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JAKARTA- Disaster Management Center (DMC) Dompet Dhuafa dispatched a team to the Philippines to respond to humanitarian disasters of Bhopa Cyclone happened a week ago in the Philippines. The team planned to depart on Friday, (14/12).
DMC Response Manager, who will lead the team, Iskandar said the team will conduct an assessment at two locations, namely Davao Oriental and Compostella Valley. These two locations is the area worst hit by the disaster.
“During the week we will also provide relief donations from Indonesia and the rolling program of Iligan Food Bank to help stock the food there,” said Iskandar in Ciputat, Tuesday (11/12).
In carrying out humanitarian work, the humanitarian team of DMC Dompet Dhuafa will be assisted by three people from Iligan City, Mindanao.
“After assessing aid that will be disbursed in accordance with the results of the needs assessment,” added Iskandar.
Bhopa Typhoon that hit central and southern Philippines had killed 500 people and more. The calamity also contributed to more than 400 people missing. (gie).