Jakarta’s Large Scale Collaboration to Fight Covid-19’s Economic Impact

Data on the spread of Covid-19 cases as of May 24, 2020, shows that there are 6,561 positive cases and 14,448 cases of people without symptoms (OTG) in DKI Jakarta. The number that has continued to soar since the announcement of the first Covid-19 case in Indonesia has made the DKI Jakarta Provincial Government continue to look for solutions in helping its citizens. By applying the concept of “City 4.0” where the Government moves as a platform or facilitator through technology, the Provincial Government of DKI Jakarta released a collaborative program called the Large-scale Social Collaboration (KSBB). A movement to help others in DKI Jakarta Province. This movement invites all residents of the capital to participate in the welfare of others through several donation options, such as food package, ready-to-eat package, Eid packages, and holiday allowances (THR).

Ngobrol Jakarta Online–a monthly webinar held by CoHive collaborated with Jakarta Smart City DKI Jakarta–discussed the Government’s collaborative steps in involving all citizens of DKI Jakarta to help one another. Titled “Kolaborasi Tangani Dampak Sosial Ekonomi Covid-19”, Ngobrol Jakata invited Dr. Sri Haryati, S.Pi, M.Si the Jakarta Economic and Financial Assistant Regional Secretariat and Ahmad Faqih Syarafaddin, the General Manager of Resource Mobilization from Dompet Dhuafa as the speakers. Nadia Atmaji moderated this insightful event as a Cooperate Communication CoHive.

In the beginning, Dr. Sri Haryati admitted that the effort against the Covid-19 pandemic had a significant impact on citizens, especially in the economic field. For example, to break the chain of virus spreading, the Jakarta Government implemented a Large-Scale Social Restrictions (PSBB) policy throughout the capital city area. Only limited types of business could operate during this policy implementation, and the movement of people are strictly regulated. This system has an impact on the livelihoods of most people. Therefore, Anies Baswedan, as the Governor of DKI Jakarta Province, invites all of his citizens to get involved in helping one another, through the KSBB program. Dr. Sri Haryati also emphasized that this program is prioritized for all vulnerable people and needs assistance domiciled in DKI Jakarta.

Through the KSBB, the Government as a facilitator invites all stakeholders in DKI Jakarta to take part in the welfare of others. With this collaboration, incoming donations can be distributed evenly, on target, and with credible data. With data held by the Provincial Government and DKI Jakarta Health Office, donations distributed to 2000 districts in need, the Orphans Foundation, Islamic Boarding Schools, Nursing Homes, Disability Institutions, and communities affected by the Covid-19 virus. The data will continue to be updated and go through a multi-layered verification process so that it is not given to unauthorized people. In the implementation of the KSBB, the DKI Jakarta Provincial Government is collaborating with several aggregators such as the Rapid Action Response, BAZNAS, Indonesian Red Cross, Rumah Zakat, Human Initiative, and Dompet Dhuafa. From April 24 to May 27, 2020, 561,118 aid has distributed to DKI Jakarta residents, consisting of 375,745 food packages, 154,411 fast food packages, 28,618 Lebaran packages, and 2,344 THR packages.

One of the KSBB aggregators, Dompet Dhuafa, represented by Ahmad Faqih, explained that Dompet Dhuafa has actively provided counselling and education about the Covid-19 to the citizens of DKI Jakarta. Because, when they went directly to the field, there were still many residents who did not realize the importance of applying health protocol standards such as using masks and physical distancing. Ahmad considered the existence of the KSBB program gave room to Dompet Dhuafa as the KSBB aggregator to jump into all levels of society because government officials accompanied them. According to Ahmad, there were 5954 beneficiaries in the Dompet Dhuafa data, which were spread in 32 sub-districts and 69 sub-districts. Besides, Dompet Dhuafa also focuses on health programs by providing services to eight hospitals, one field hospital, and 21 clinics to provide services to prevent and spread the virus among the people.

Fighting a global pandemic needs to be done not only by the Government but also by the business community, community organizations, and all stakeholders. Through the KSBB, the Government took the initiative to become a platform for partners who want to participate in helping the community. As a facilitator, the Government intends to rebuild a sense of mutual ownership among the population and emphasize that these socio-economic challenges can be resolved if done together. Information on the latest development of the KSBB assistance can be accessed at https://corona.jakarta.go.id/en/ksbb.

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