Water sanitation program in decentralised Eastern Indonesia: the roles of community and social dynamics

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

Event details

Indonesia Study Group

Date & time

Wednesday 10 April 2019


McDonald Room, Menzies Library entry level, RG Menzies Building #2, ANU


Yogi Vidyattama, University of Canberra


ANU Indonesia Project
+61 2 6125 5954

Water and sanitation quality remains one of the key challenges in many developing countries including Indonesia. This research analyses the extent to which the World Bank run Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) program can help communities in poor regions to develop their sanitation services. We take two poor districts, Timor Tengah Selatan (TTS) and Sikka in East Nusatenggara as our case studies. Our study shows that despite the active involvement of NGOs and local communities, local governments still hold a key role. This includes involvement in setting the policy framework as well as in the implementation; in particular in communicating and coordinating the delivery of the program. We found that good, consistent and continuing communication can be more important than strategies in programs like CLTS. We argue that such strategies need to be adapted to the socio-economic-geographic conditions and the local culture in the area. This includes the possibility of financial assistance, which is not suggested in the original CLTS method.

Speaker: Yogi Vidyattama, University of Canberra

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