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    Turning ‘People Problems’ into ‘Government Problems’: Reflection of an Outgoing District Head in Indonesia

    Wednesday, Sep 12, 2018

    Turning "People Problems" into "Government Problems"
    Starting a business which used to be problem faced by citizens of Bojonegoro has now become much easier. Photo: Jerry Kurniawan/World Bank
    Seventeen years ago, Indonesia embarked on its so-called big bang decentralization. Almost overnight, responsibility to deliver many public services was transferred to local governments. This was done, in part, with the hope that the decentralization would make local government more agile and responsive to issues facing local communities. However, results have yet to materialize in many locations.