Indonesia Update 2013: Regional dynamics in a decentralised Indonesia

Crawford School of Public Policy | Arndt-Corden Department of Economics | Indonesia Project

Event details


Date & time

Friday 20 September 2013 to Saturday 21 September 2013


Coombs Lecture Theatre, HC Coombs Building 9, Cnr Fellows Road and Garran Road, ANU


Professor Hal Hill, The Australian National University; Dr David McCrae, Lowy Institute; plus many more.


ANU Indonesia Project
02 6125 3794

The 2013 Indonesia Update brings together leading experts to examine Indonesia’s regional diversity and dynamics in the wake of two far-reaching, interrelated reforms – democratisation and decentralisation – which have transformed the country’s socio-economic development and political economy.

With its 17,000 islands, Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelagic state. Its great economic, social, cultural, ecological and demographic diversity is reflected in its evolving sub-national administrative organisation, which includes the elected leaders and assemblies of more than 500 provinces, districts and municipalities. It has been more than a decade since the nation embarked on two major reforms – democratisation and decentralisation.

Through a mixture of broad thematic analyses and focused case studies, the Update will address the following questions: which have been the dynamic and lagging regions, and why? What has happened to interregional inequality and poverty? How have local-level politics and governance responded to the greater democratic space and resource flows? In what respects have the decentralisation reforms worked well, and what are the remaining challenges? What are the challenges in the periphery, in Papua and Aceh? And how has decentralisation altered environmental management and migration patterns?

The Update will feature expert speakers, drawn from the ANU, the World Bank, AusAID, and from universities and think tanks in Indonesia, the USA, the UK, and Germany.


Professor Hal Hill H. W. Arndt Professor of Southeast Asian Economies, ANU ANU Indonesia Project Arndt-Corden Department of Economics

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