Governance & Decentralization
Since the implementation of decentralization laws in 2001, the formerly centralized government of Indonesia has been devolving authority to sub-national units. These reforms were designed to increase local autonomy, transparency and development. Despite advances in democratic reform and local administrative autonomy, economic and social development continues to be hampered by a lack of transparency, high levels of fiduciary risk and uneven infrastructural and technical capacity among sub-national government officials.
SMERU has been monitoring the successes and challenges of the transition to local governance, including the impact of decentralization on business, overseas migration, and sub-national policy-making.
A Study for the Development of a Toolkit on Poverty Reduction: Promoting Poverty and Vulnerability Reduction Mainstreaming, a Case Study in Kabupaten Kebumen, Kabupaten Serdang Bedagai, and Kabupaten BombanaJune, 2015
Sharing Knowledge on Community-Driven Development in Indonesia: An Assessment of the Neighborhood Upgrading and Shelter Sector ProjectJuly, 2014