A Rapid Appraisal of the Implementation of the 2008 Direct Cash Transfer Program and Beneficiary Assessment of the 2005 Direct Cash Transfer Program in Indonesia

Research Coordinator:
Meuthia Rosfadhila

Core Research Team:
Meuthia Rosfadhila, Nina Toyamah, Bambang Sulaksono, Silvia Devina, Robert Justin Sodo, Muhammad Syukri, Nur Aini Talib, Upik Sabainingrum, Dedi Ali Ahmad, Sinta Satriana, Eduwin Pakpahan

Regional Researchers:
Basyri Nasution (Tapanuli Tengah), Pitriati Solihah (Cianjur), Fathur Rohman (Demak), Syahbudin Hadid (Bima), Salha Marasaoly (Ternate)

Research Advisor:
Sudarno Sumarto



This report is the result of a rapid appraisal of the implementation of the 2008 Direct Cash Transfer (BLT) program and community perceptions of the stigma which emerged during the implementation of the BLT 2005 program. Early observations and assessment of the implementation of the program are essential in understanding the achievement level and problems associated with the program. This information can be used as a learning tool to improve the implementation and planning of the program in the future.

This study used qualitative methods including in-depth interviews and focus group discussions (FGD) as well as quantitative methods. Although there were some weaknesses, generally the results of this study show that the implementation of the 2008 Direct Cash Transfer was a great improvement from that of the 2005 Direct Cash Transfer, particularly in regard to the socialization process, distribution of cards, and disbursement of funds. Weaknesses were generally related to institutional issues, accuracy of targeting, and the handling of problems/complaints. Based on community perceptions, BLT can, in a limited way, help satisfy living needs in the short term. This study uncovers cases of BLT being deducted in some areas. Although there was mistargeting to a limited extent, BLT did not discourage participation in the work force. Conflict occurred in some cases but did not lead to anarchic behavior.

Keywords: Direct cash transfer, evaluation, program implementation