24-25 July 2019 | JAKARTA – UCLG ASPAC continues its commitment to build the capacity of local governments in Indonesia to localise SDGs, through LOCALISE SDGs, a joint programme with Association of Indonesia Municipalities (APEKSI), supported by the European Union (EU).

At the end of this month, LOCALISE SDGs team organised a second national training to strengthen the capacity of local governments in the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The two-day training brought together local government officials from 16 provinces and 14 cities across Indonesia, SDGs Center from Lampung University, Bogor Institute of Agriculture, and from Bandung Institute of Technology, CSOs, and private sectors. Supported by various institutions, this national training focused on developing and advocating the implementation of conducive systems and environment to implement the Agenda 2030. Taking theme Local Government Strengthening for SDGs Implementation, the training was officially opened by Mrs. Indah Sri Wibi Nastiti (Executive Director of APEKSI), Mr. Hans Farnhammer (Head of Cooperation of the EU Delegation to Indonesia), and Mr. Satrijo Tanudjojo (CEO of Global Tanoto Foundation).

Throughout the two days training, topics of discussion included development planning,  SDGs’ policy coherence in local level and multi-stakeholder partnership. Participants, together with resource person from Decentralization Implementation Oversee Committee (KPPOD), looked into related development documents on SDGs and discussed challenges in aligning the Mid-Term Local Development Plan with SDGs.

Attending participants were also invited to use I-SDGs application. They conducted simulation of programme development in their respective area, linked it to any SDGs, and saw impacts and interlinkages with other goals. Many participants, such as Lampung Province and Serang City, showed great enthusiasm in this ICT based simulation.

LOCALISE SDGs team collaborated with Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Indonesia Chapter that inspired participants on the importance of partnership in implementing SDGs. This discussion introduced 10 Steps of Designing and Planning Multi-stakeholder Partnership; covering platform design, detailed planning, and implementation and evaluation. Participants were invited to identify their need of partnership. Discussion was enriched with insights from Tanoto Foundation that presented experience in localising SDGs in Riau Province and implementing Sustainable Palm Oil Initiative and basic education quality improvement programme called Pintar.

On the topic of financing local SDGs programme, Fiscal Policy Agency from Ministry of Finance together with WWF Indonesia presented the Green Budget Tagging to identify and calculate local government’s expenses proportion allocated for green economy and to predict new investment or additional fund from private sector. Alternative financing was also discussed with sharing session from various partners: PT. Sarana Multi Infrastruktur (SMI), the State-Owned Enterprise under Ministry of Finance, City Office of Domestic Waste Management from Bekasi City, Water and Sanitation Program of USAID, City, Housing and Settlement Directorate of Ministry of National Development Planning, and Filantropi Indonesia.

Best Practice Writing Simulation activity was also incorporated in this training. This activity aimed to build local officials’ capacity in meeting a requirement to produce systematic documentation and submit best practice of local programme to related ministry, such as Public Service Innovation and Information System (SINOVIC) from Ministry of Administrative Reform and Bureaucratic Reform and Center of Research Local Government Innovation from Ministry of Home Affair.

The Second National Training was important milestone for LOCALISE SDGs as it is starting point of LOCALISE SDGs programme’s second phase in running series of capacity building activities in all 16 provinces in Indonesia.