Non-Cash Food Assistance

In 2017, the Indonesian Government successfully reformed its delivery of social assistance. Whereas previously, social assistance was delivered cash-in-hand through post offices or as subsidised rice directly to the poor, it is now gradually delivered electronically (“non-cash”) through bank accounts.

This non-cash approach allows poor families to withdraw their benefits of the IDR110,000 per month that has been credited to their accounts in participating food stores/e-warong/agents. Beneficiaries can choose the quality and quantity of rice anb/or eggs, and thus improving their access to nutritious food. Until November 2018, BPNT has been delivered to 10 million households in 219 districts and cities in Indonesia.