Empowering Indonesian Women for Poverty Reduction (MAMPU)

East Asia and Pacific — Indonesia

Client: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Australia)

The “Empowering Indonesian Women for Poverty Reduction” Program, also known by its Indonesian name Maju Perempuan Indonesia untuk Penanggulangan Kemiskinan or MAMPU, aims to improve access and livelihoods for poor women in Indonesia in partner selected geographic areas within five targeted themes. The program aims to improve the welfare of poor rural and urban women in Indonesia by increasing access to jobs and social protection, improving conditions for overseas labour migration and strengthening leadership in the areas of maternal health and combatting violence against women. The program is working with national women’s and gender-interested organisations and their local partners to forge coalitions with others within the public and private sectors to advocate for positive change. Working through multi-stakeholder processes, the organizations will analyze constraints, identify and test solutions, work with the media, and use an evidence base to push forward critical gender reforms and policy changes. The program’s unique approach to supporting a partner-led change process will facilitate the scaling-up of innovative initiatives for higher level policy reform, emphasizing the potential impact of bottom-up solutions.

Focusing on bridging the national to local gap, it is anticipated that the program will lead to changes in government policies, regulations and services to improve the access of poor women to critical services.