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 Qualitative Study on the Impact of the PNPM-Rural in East Java, West Sumatra, and Southeast SulawesiJuly, 2013
Beyond the Overall Economic Downturn: Evidence on Sector-specific Effects of Violent Conflict from IndonesiaDecember, 2012
The political economy of policy-making in Indonesia Opportunities for improving the demand for and use of knowledgeDecember, 2011