The Jakarta Post
A number of Indonesia's philanthropic foundations gathered on Monday to introduce a new funding platform to the government in an effort to combat poverty and promote sustainable development in the country.
The project, called the Post-2015 Partnership Platform for Philanthropy, is collectively run by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the Foundation Center and a group of philanthropic foundations guided by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.
It aims at gathering philanthropic foundations worldwide to participate in development programs through the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) program, a replacement of the previous Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which will finish by the end of this year.
This year, Indonesia has been selected to be a target country for the project, along with Colombia, Ghana and Kenya.
'Despite strong economic growth in recent years, more than 28 million Indonesians are living below the national poverty line,' according to a press release distributed by the platform to explain why Indonesia was included in the project.
The Association of Philanthropy Indonesia (PFI) will be in charge of coordinating Indonesia's philanthropic foundations to help the government implement the 13 goals stipulated in the SDGs, while the government will be in charge of helping philanthropic foundations implement their programs in Indonesia.
'We welcome the launch of the project because it is in line with programs mandated under Nawacita,' Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister, Puan Maharani, said Monday during the opening of the gathering in Jakarta.
She was referring to the nine points of Indonesia's development priorities.
'If you are interested to run a program in Indonesia, just stop by my office and we will provide you with adequate information,' said the deputy for natural resources and environment at the National Development Planning Board (Bappenas), Endah Murniningtyas.
According to the UNDP, Indonesia has successfully alleviated the number of people living in extreme poverty, improved gender parity in education enrollment and literacy rates, curbed the spread of tuberculosis and increased the proportion of people with access to cellular phones.
The UNDP added that Indonesia, however, had not met some goals of the MDGs: lowering the proportion of people living below the national poverty line, reducing the number of infant deaths and the mortality rate of children under 5, decreasing the maternal mortality rate per 100.000 live births, stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS and increasing access to clean water and sanitation.
'We must continue along the path of the MDGs, we must support sustainable development in Indonesia,' said UNDP Resident Representative, Douglas Broderick. (saf)
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