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Jakarta Post

We urgently need One Data, open govt

  • Yanuar Nugroho

Jakarta   /   Thu, December 7 2017   /  12:59 am

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 fact that ...