INDONESIA’s National Development Planning Agency (Badan Perencanaan Pembangunan Nasional or Bappenas) is establishing a Knowledge Centre (KC) which is expected to be a centered, dynamic and integrated repository for information, knowledge, and smart practices under Bappenas that can improve the quality of national and regional planning. As a joint project, the KC is supported by other key players: UCLG ASPAC, Bursa Pengetahuan Kawasan Timur Indonesia or BakTI (Eastern Indonesia Knowledge Exchange), and the Knowledge Sector Initiative (KSI), an Australian Aid Project for the implementation of smart practices as a pilot project which would be projected to record the lesson learned to develop a system and mechanism for the KC.
UCLG ASPAC is expected to produce knowledge products in the form of modules of smart practices and guidelines on how to replicate those smart practices.
For the pilot project, Bappenas have selected two smart practices;
- Waste Management by Malang Regency, which will be replicated by Wakatobi Regency
- Water Management through Village-owned business entity (BUMDES) by East Lombok Regency, which will be replicated by Desa Sari – Bima Regency.
The KC will support the replication process by providing technical assistance on the project planning and capacity building for local governments. Meanwhile, the suggested funding sources include the Village Fund, the Special Allocation Fund (DAK), local budgets, CSR or donors. The specific objectives of the project are to develop two modules:
- Module 1 – Smart Practices Assessment/Identification:serves as a knowledge product of smart practices. It will contain the description, components, institutional and financial arrangement, achievements of a development program, and the internal and external successful factors that make it worthy of being identified as a smart practice.
- Module 2 – Guideline of Replication of Smart Practices: explains step by step processes to replicate smart practices, focusing on “adapting the Smart Practices based on Local Contexts” instead of the “adoption of Smart Practices”. This module consists of a tool to assess the readiness of sites (source and beneficiary actors, as well as a targeted location), guidelines for the replication projects’ activity design, and guidelines for the monitoring-evaluation plan.