Updated Sep 05, 2019

Raskin Welfare Reform: Transition to Electronic Distribution

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Building evidence that will inform how the Government of Indonesia transitions five social protection programs to electronic distribution

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The Government of Indonesia’s subsidized rice program, Raskin, or Rice for the Poor, provides a nutritional safety net for the country’s 15 million poorest households as Indonesia's largest targeted social protection program. However, the program was plagued by leakages throughout the supply chain––for every 100 kilos of rice that left the warehouse, fewer than 50 kilos reached people’s homes.



Harvard’s team will use a rigorous evaluation and analyze the costs and benefits of transitioning to digital subsidy provision to inform the Government of Indonesia and other governments interested in digitizing their own social protection programs.

Innovation Description

USAID’s DIV awarded Harvard University a nearly $1.4 million grant to partner with the Government of Indonesia as it transitions five social protection programs to electronic distribution. Under the new distribution system, beneficiary households will receive electronic vouchers directly in personal accounts that they can access using a debit card as payment at any registered retailers or agents that accept them.


Jun 2019
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TITLERaskin Welfare Reform: Transition to Electronic Distribution
Implemented InIndonesia
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