SPARK (Strengthening Public Accountability for Results and Knowledge) is an ambitious and innovative global program to arm marginalized groups and activists with the tools necessary to engage in budget processes and affect transformational change in their lives.
In Indonesia, SPARK focuses on a national social program which offers financial, education, food and health benefits. Additionally, we work with groups of small-scale and traditional fisher people to empower them to access crucial fuel subsidies and other benefits.
Accessing social programs
Due to misallocation of resources by the central and regional government and an ineffective enrollment process, Jakarta’s urban poor face challenges in accessing the social program Family Hope Programme (PKH), which offers families cash four times a year to help with daily spending. Even though the budget for PKH rose by more than 500 percent from 2014 – 2019 (with the current budget at USD $2.4 billion), the 26 percent of poor people living under the poverty line in Jakarta have not been able to access the program.
Accessing fuel subsidies
Fuel is a vital resource in fishery production, accounting for more than 60 percent of total costs. Despite the state budget allocating IDR 3.8 trillion (USD $2.43 billion) in 2019 for subsidized fuel, many small-scale fisher people in Medan and Semarang face significant challenges in accessing the subsidy and purchasing fuel.