To combat poverty and improve children’s nutrition intake, the Papua administration will give cash incentives to families with children under 4 years of age in the regencies of Asmat, Lanny Jaya and Paniai. The grant is given under a pilot program named Bangga Papua (Papua’s pride) and financed through the special autonomy fund.
According to Heracles Lang, who designed the cash aid program, every toddler living in one of the three regencies and born after January 2015 to a parent of the Melanesian race is eligible for the grant.
“We chose the three regencies, because they are the ones with the most severe poverty,” Heracles told The Jakarta Post after a monitoring visit in Agats, the capital district of Asmat, on Sept. 23.
Heracles is the special autonomy improvement head of KOMPAK, an Indonesian-Australian government program for human development.