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Indonesia launches monitoring system to address conflict, violence
Publication Date : 24-08-2013
In an attempt to provide the public with an easily accessible violence and conflict platform, Indonesia's Coordinating Ministry of People’s Welfare in cooperation with the World Bank and the Habibie Center, launched the National Violence Monitoring System (SNPK), a website that provides records of conflict and violence across the nation.
“People may question why the people’s welfare ministry is collecting data about conflicts. It turns out that the most critical thing that hinders the nation’s welfare is conflict,” Coordinating Minister of People’s Welfare deputy Willem Rampangilei told reporters on Tuesday.
Willem said that the lack of accessibility to conflict and violence data was the main reason why the ministry initiated the system in the first place. “Other institutions including the National Police must have the same data, but the problem is that data is not easily accessible, even for us (the government)” he said.
“We aim to provide accessible data for the government as basic grounds in deliberating a policy, as well as for the public including the civil society, who intends to do research,” he said. “We must change the paradigm and start to focus more on prevention rather than responsive actions in curbing conflicts.”
In December last year, the ministry had officially launched the website with limited data to only 9 conflict-prone provinces, including Aceh, West Kalimantan, East Nusa Tenggara, Central Sulawesi, Maluku, North Maluku, Papua, West Papua and Greater Jakarta.
On Tuesday, the ministry launched the website for four additional provinces, namely Lampung, South Kalimantan, East Kalimantan and West Nusa Tenggara.
The website, www.snpk-indonesia.com, aims to provide monthly-updated information on conflict and violence, from 1998 to 2013, including conflicts on natural resources, governance, election, separatism and domestic violence. The website also provides analysis reports from the Habibie Center.
According to Willem, the ministry collected data from both the law enforcement institutions as well as the media after layers of verification.
Sana Jaffrey, the National Violence Monitoring System project manager from the World Bank said that despite providing the methodologies and the system, the World Bank also assisted the ministry in collecting the funds to establish the website.
Jaffrey said that the ministry received US$2 million from Korea Transitions Fund through the World Bank to establish the website.
“By 2015, the website would be fully funded and managed by the ministry,” Adrian Morel, a World Bank official, said. “The running cost for this system is around 350 million rupiah ($32,550) per year, for all provinces in Indonesia,” he said.