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Facilitating Green Prosperity in Indonesia

Millennium Challenge Account Indonesia
Through a robust program management plan, information system and delivery, and long-term sustainability initiatives, CDM Smith helped the governments of Indonesia and the United States to ensure a prosperous future for Indonesia.

Based on funding from the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) for the “Green Prosperity Program,” the governments of Indonesia and the United States partnered to help alleviate poverty and reduce impacts to the environment by creating long-lasting economic growth oppor­tu­ni­ties and decreasing carbon emissions through various initiatives.

This 5-year, $330 million grant program was implemented by the government of Indonesia via the Millennium Challenge Account – Indonesia (MCA-Indonesia). The program comprised more than 100 projects focused on land-use, eco-tourism, forestry and renewable energy. Key program outcomes included:

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of cocoa and palm oil farmland managed through sustainable practices
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of improved, reha­bil­i­tated or protected peatlands
renewable energy projects fully designed and constructed

Fulfilling the Need for Structure

To facilitate a program of this magnitude, MCA-Indonesia hired CDM Smith as the program management consultant (PMC), with the primary role of ensuring that all project activities were carried out in a coordinated, effective manner, and that the strategic goals and outcomes of the Green Prosperity Project were achieved. The CDM Smith team was composed of a joint venture between CDM Smith and Hatfield Consultants, in partnership with Planet Part­ner­ships. To consis­tently oversee and track a program of this magnitude, a compre­hen­sive program management plan (PMP) and information system (PMIS) was required. CDM Smith developed the PMP, which included a full suite of program­matic business processes, roles and respon­si­bil­i­ties, and templates for program execution, and a custom-designed PMIS to oper­a­tional­ize these program delivery processes and templates.

As the PMC, CDM Smith ensured adherence to MCA-Indonesia’s require­ments; helped to manage program-wide costs, schedules and milestones; developed and implemented monitoring and evaluation approaches; actively planned program activities and supported MCA-Indonesia in all program aspects, including technical, operational, financial and reporting. To support such a large program, the CDM Smith-led team hired more than 150 employees and consultants, resulting in more than 1,000 months of personnel support. Team Leader David Spector said of the effort, “We overcame program challenges and achieved successful outcomes thanks to the teamwork and dedication of our large and diverse PMC team. Trusted part­ner­ships with managers from MCA-Indonesia and MCC, the adapt­abil­ity and grit among MCA-Indonesia staff, and the collab­o­ra­tive working rela­tion­ships with delivery partners and grantees, made Green Prosperity a reality.”

Through the Green Prosperity project and other MCC compacts, Indonesia is taking steps toward a brighter future. Andry Thamrin, former MCA-Indonesia Green Prosperity Director, believes the Green Prosperity team “managed the grant program trans­ac­tional needs well–considering a dynamic and complex operational environment—and provided thoughtful leadership and support for broader strategic program initiatives.” MCA-Indonesia was able to facilitate the imple­men­ta­tion and investment needed for several impactful projects that will contribute to the financial and envi­ron­men­tal prosperity of the next generation of Indonesians.

[The team] managed the grant program trans­ac­tional needs well...​and provided thoughtful leadership and support for broader strategic program initiatives.
Andry Thamrin, former MCA-Indonesia Green Prosperity Director
Dave Spector Dave Spector
We overcame program challenges and achieved successful outcomes thanks to the teamwork and dedication of our large and diverse [team].

Other key program outcomes:

  • Training for more than 20,000 cocoa and palm oil farmers;
  • Construc­tion of 200 canal-blocking structures to re-wet peatlands;
  • 6 off-grid and 4 on-grid renewable energy projects that included solar and biomass power generation in rural communities throughout Indonesia;
  • 40 districts in Indonesia with land use mapping, village boundary setting and geographic information system training, resulting in more than 350 village boundaries surveyed and mapped;
  • Creation of a Green Knowledge Management Information System, which is an open platform that shares knowledge and data products from the program. 

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