The economic growth of Kabupaten (District of) Kayong Utara (KKU), albeit quite high, has not exactly translated into inclusive economic development. Its relatively low Inclusive Economic Development Index (IEDI) score has put KKU in the 9th place among the 12 kabupaten in West Kalimantan Province.
The low inclusive economic development in KKU has been caused by inadequate economy-supporting infrastructure—mainly roads—and the people’s low education level, which lead to suboptimal productivity, innovation, and adoption of technology, and result in low economic returns. The consequences are poor quality employment and high poverty rates.
It is urgent that the quality of the human resources be improved, especially by increasing the years of schooling. Another aspect to pay attention to is the acceleration of economy-supporting infrastructure development, notably that of roads in steady (mantap) condition. These can help achieve more inclusive economic development in KKU.
Larasati, Wandira, Abdullah Faqih, and M. Sulton Mawardi (2022) ‘Toward an Inclusive Economic Development Agenda in Kabupaten Kayong Utara.’ Research Note No. 1. Jakarta: The SMERU Research Institute.
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