Indonesia’s economy is built on micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs). This sector provides jobs for 97 percent of the workforce and accounts for 61 percent of the value of all goods and services produced in the economy, or gross domestic product. Despite their crucial role in the economy, MSMEs still face challenges in getting support to sustain and grow their business. On the other hand, governments often have difficulties in supporting MSMEs due to the lack of data availability to better understand the condition and development of MSMEs in the country.
Indonesia’s Ministry of National Development Planning (Bappenas) requested UN Global Pulse Jakarta to develop a data analysis tool to better understand the situation, to support its evidence-based policy and decision making. The goal was to create a flexible dashboard system that would meet policymakers’ changing needs and allow for easy integration of new data and visualizations in the future.
The resulting data analysis tool, called MEDIAN, offers valuable insights into the precise locations of small businesses and the factors that support or hinder their development, leading to better-informed decisions.