Governance Challenges and Opportunities for Indonesia’s New Capital Nusantara


About the Webinar

Three years since President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo first announced his intention to move the capital, on 18 January 2022, Indonesia passed a new capital (IKN) bill to replace the old capital, Jakarta, with ‘Nusantara’, in Penajem Paser Utara, in East Kalimantan. The draft bill only needs 42 days to get the parliament approval after the government submission, indicating Jokowi’s effective control of the government coalition. The IKN Law then becomes the foundation for the government to execute the planning and allocate the state budget. One of the critical components in the law is the special autonomy status for Nusantara and the establishment of a Capital Authority Agency, which reports directly to the President. While Nusantara is expected to give a fresh start for the country to build a sustainable, green and futuristic capital city, its governance might not be as simple. The government needs to anticipate various issues arising from the movement of civil servants from Java, the impacts on the native and local communities, and Borneo’s environment and biodiversity.

Following our previous webinar series on Indonesia’s new capital, which focused on climate-resilient cities and their sustainable design, this webinar will look at the regulatory framework and governance of the new capital Nusantara. The speaker will discuss major technocratic and regulatory issues facing the mega project and how the Indonesian government could overcome those challenges.

About the Speakers

Diani Sadiawati currently serves as the Chairman of the Institutional and Regulatory Working Group since late 2019. The Working Group is part of the Strategic Coordination Team for the Preparation of the State Capital City Relocation Plan. It is responsible for drafting and implementing the Law on State Capital City and the President Regulation on Nusantara Capital City Authority. Prior to her appointment, Dr Sadiawati has served more than 22 years at the Ministry of National Development Planning as Senior Advisor to the Minister on Institutional Interrelations (2016-2021), Director of Regulatory Analysis (2012-2016), Director of Law & Human Rights (2000-2012), and Head of Law, Communication and Information (1999-2000). President Joko Widodo appointed her as part of the selection committee for Anti-corruption Agency (KPK) leaders in 2015-2019. Besides, she played an active role in embedding access to justice in the Indonesia Medium-Term National Development plan 2010-2014 and further integrated it through implementing SDGs in Presidential Regulations 2017. Dr Sadiawati completed her Master’s degree in Law at Leiden University, The Netherlands and her PhD degree in Law at Diponegoro University, Indonesia. She has published several articles on anti-corruption, decentralization, legal reform, and access to justice.

Yance Arizona is a Lecturer at the Department of Constitutional Law, Gadjah Mada University. He completed his Master’s degree in constitutional law at the University of Indonesia and Master’s in sociology of law at Onati IISL of the University of the Basque Country, Spain. Currently, he is a PhD candidate at Leiden Law School. He did numerous studies on natural resource conflicts and indigenous communities’ rights across regions in Indonesia. Prior to his role as lecturer in academia, he actively engaged in NGOs promoting indigenous communities’ rights and served as a consultant for some projects funded by UNDP, ILO, and RSPO.


This webinar will be delivered online entirely. You can join the webinar at the specified date and time using devices (computer, phone, or tablet) with internet connection.

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Mar 08 2022


10:00 am - 11:30 am