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We urgently need One Data, open government

  • Yanuar Nugroho
    Yanuar Nugroho

    Deputy to the presidential chief of staff, the national focal point for Open Government Partnership

Jakarta   /   Thu, December 7, 2017   /  12:23 pm
We urgently need One Data, open government The purpose of Satu Data Indonesia is to establish a single government database that can be used as a reference for every policy and its implementation.  (Shutterstock/File)

Three years into Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s presidency, the development of physical infrastructure has started to show tangible results, improving the livelihood and welfare of the people. However, perhaps unknown to many in the republic, another type of infrastructure that is invisible physically, but no less strategic, is being built: a development policy database. Why data? Not so long ago, if we asked the government about rice production, there was no single answer to the question. The Agriculture Ministry’s data is different from that produced by the State Logistics Agency (Bulog); even the Trade Ministry and the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) had contrasting data. Who, how many and where the poor lived somehow remained a source of disagreement between the Social Affairs Ministry and the National Team for Poverty Reduction Acceleration, despite the very fa...

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