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During the past 50 years there has been a sustained program of economic cooperation between Indonesia and the international community. On one hand, Indonesian leaders and policy makers have always emphasised the goals of ensuring independence and protecting sovereignty in international relations, including in the field of economic cooperation. On the other hand, the program of collaboration between Indonesia and the international community since the late 1960s has been a quite remarkable endeavour. The program has been one of the largest sustained development cooperation programs in post-war history.
Large scale programs of international cooperation do not always succeed. This presentation draws on the experience of the Asian Development Bank’s work in Indonesia to consider lessons from 50 years of development cooperation.