Description & Progress
This project is a continuation of the project which began in June 2018 and is planned to end in December 2019.
Since 2017, SMERU has assisted the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) in formulating the Inclusive Economic Development Index, with the aim of: (i) measuring the inclusiveness of Indonesia's economic development, and (ii) being used as a policy tool to assist policy makers in developing development policies that more inclusive. Indexes have been calculated for national, provincial and district levels.
In this project, we will: (i) disseminate the Inclusive Economic Development Index in two districts located in two provinces rich in natural resources (one district in each province) and provide capacity building for district officials to use the index as a policy tool to create their policies are more inclusive; (ii) assesses the inclusiveness of oil palm plantations in one district in a province rich in natural resources.
Development in natural resource-rich areas is often not inclusive because the benefits of natural resources are usually captured by elites and are not widely distributed throughout the population. We hope that this project will benefit the poor in two districts from a more inclusive development policy in their district.
Through this project we expect the districts where we will work will be able to learn, understand, and use the Inclusive Economic Development Index as a policy tool to make their economic development policies more inclusive. By the end of this project, we expect the officials in the districts where we work will be familiar with the inclusive economic development index and show interest to use it as a policy tool to make their policies more inclusive.
Under this project, we will carried out 4 distinct activities:
- Inclusive economic development diagnostic, dissemination and capacity building in two districts, one in the province of Riau and another one in the province of West Kalimantan. The deliverable from this activity is an activity report.
- A study on the inclusiveness of palm oil smallholder estate crops in a district in North Sumatera province. The deliverable from this activity is a research report and a policy brief, which will be disseminated to relevant policy makers. We expect this will help policy makers in devising policies that will enhance the inclusiveness of palm oil smallholder estates.
- Maintain and continuously improving the online system of the Inclusive Economic Development Index.
- Attending an international conference to promote the Indonesian Economic Development Index.