Indonesia’s Decentralisation Reforms 20 Years On: Part 2


About the Webinar

Taking the upcoming 20 year anniversary of Indonesia’s reform process as a reference point, this webinar series explores the effects of the country’s decentralisation reforms over the past two decades.  This webinar focuses on state capacity and infrastructure development at the subnational level.

Despite the rhetoric and theory of decentralisation that predicts the improved capacity of local administrations, practical experience suggests otherwise. This presentation examines how and to what extent decentralisation reforms have been implemented both in the structure of public administration and in the provision of public services at the local level. The framework of ‘state capacity’ is used to assess whether decentralisation has improved the capacity of local governments to create regulatory frameworks, build local institutions, increase accountability, improve coordination and deliver development outcomes.

Turning to infrastructure, devolving the responsibility for infrastructure provision to lower levels of government and involving a wider range of stakeholders has had beneficial results. However, other problems, such as development inequalities, limited capacity of local governments, and corruption actually augment the complexity of infrastructure provision. This presentation examines the dynamics of policy and output of infrastructure development and maps the relationship between fiscal decentralisation and infrastructure development.

This webinar is supported by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.

About the Speakers

Yanuar Nugroho is Senior Visiting Fellow at the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute and previously was Deputy Chief of Staff (2015-2019) to the President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo. Previously he was Director and Expert Adviser to the Head of the Indonesian President’s Delivery Unit for Development Monitoring and Oversight (2012-14). Yanuar co-founded and advises the Centre for Innovation Policy and Governance in Jakarta. He is an Honorary Fellow with the University of Manchester and currently sits on the reviewer committees for the UK’s Newton Fund as well as Indonesia’s Endowment Fund for Education.

Sujarwoto is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Public Administration University of Brawijaya, Indonesia. He has a Bachelor’s in Public Administration from Gadjah Mada University, and a Master’s and PhD in Public Administration and Social Change from the University of Manchester. His doctoral thesis is entitled “Decentralization, Public Services and Well-Being in Indonesia”.

Wilmar Salim is Associate Professor in the Regional and City Planning Program and Head of the Research Center for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB), Indonesia. He earned a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He has worked as a consultant for ADB, GIZ, JICA, UNDP, the World Bank, as well various Indonesian government agencies.

Uly Faoziayah is Junior Lecturer at the Regional and City Planning Program and a researcher at the Research Center for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia. She earned a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from ITB. Her latest publication appeared in the Journal of Regional and City Planning in 2020, and is entitled “Seeking Prosperity through Village Proliferation: An Evidence of the Implementation of Village Funds (Dana Desa) in Indonesia”.


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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Dec 03 2020


10:00 am - 11:30 am