Infrastructure Immersion Program is the third training program that was conducted by URDI in collaboration with AIC (Asia Infrastructure Corporation). The participants of this program came from Hitachi Group, Japan, with various education and professional background. Basically, the program aims to make Japanese companies able to serve well the infrastructure development needs in Asian countries and to improve people’s lives in the region. Continue Reading
URDI (Urban and Regional Development Institute) celebrated its 20th anniversary and launched the fourth book of Bunga Rampai titled “Pembangunan Kota Indonesia : Dari Perencanaan ke Pelaksanaan Pembangunan Perkotaan di Indonesia” (Indonesian City Development: From Planning to the Implementation of Urban Development in Indonesia) on 17th November 2015. The event was held in D Tree-Hilton Hotel and attended by the founders, Advisory Board, Supervisors, Management, associates, some writers participated in Bunga Rampai (book 4th) and all institutions who had been cooperated with URDI such as UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund), CLUA (Climate Land Use Alliance), and so on. Continue Reading
The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) is working with the Government of Indonesia and URDI to address the challenge of the rapid economic growth and greater future socio-economic potential in order to achieve green growth simultaneously such as poverty reduction, social inclusion, environmental sustainability and resource efficiency.
The high-level green growth roadmap developed in collaboration with the Ministry of National Development Plannning (BAPPENAS) is evidence-based guide to planning and implementing green growth in Indonesia. The roadmap highlights that green growth is concerned not only with the rate of economic growth but also with its quality, i.e. the ability of growth to deliver multiple economic, social, and environmental benefits that improve the quality of people’s lives across all segments of society. This project is committed to people-oriented development with a focus on ensuring that energy, food and job security targets are met and that infrastructure is developed to support expected economic growth rates. In support of this aim,
URDI as a team of experts prepares policy briefs encompassing four focus sectors (energy, forestry & land use, infrastructure, cross-cutting policies & planning). The purpose of the briefs is to show how green growth approached and solutions can help achieve the Indonesian government’s current priorities in the next five years. In collaboration with GGGI, URDI identifies and assess the goals, priorities and targets of the current government of Indonesia and highlight the entry points of green growth interventions and policy change across sectors which can help drive investment flow to green projects to deliver tangible and concrete investment and implementation in support of the identified priorities. URDI will produce four technical briefs explaining how green growth generally and the Government of Indonesia-GGGI Green Growth Program (GGP) in particular can contribute to achieving the priority outcomes over the next five years. The period of the project is from August 2015 to November 2015.
The event of Connective Cities on “Towards Green Cities in Asia : Managing Urban Sprawl” was held on April 20-23, 2015 by Connective Cities-GIZ and supported by URDI. Surabaya agreed to host this event as part of the Mayor’s innovative effort in developing a green city. There were ten cities participating in this three day event : Bogor, Tangerang, Malang, Jogjakarta, Solo, Probolinggo, Banjarmasin, Cebu, Dortmund, Stuttgard, and Nuremberg. Representative from these cities are development actors (academician, local government, project implementers, and local parliamentarian). The event aims to create a platform of network for urban practitioners in exchanging experiences and having peer to peer consultation on issues that they faced in managing urban sprawl.
Dr. Manfred Poppe of Connective Cities-GIZ, opened the workshop by describing the aim and the program of the event and followed by Dr. Delik Hudalah from SAPPK, ITB presenting “Peri-Urban Planning : Managing Urban Sprawl in Fast-Growing Metropoles”. As a keynote speaker, the Mayor of Surabaya presented the case of Surabaya in achieving ‘a green city’ through the development of parks, waste management, and application of e-government. This was then followed with brief presentation from each participating cities, on their issues in managing urban sprawl.
On the second day of the event, Putu Rudy Setiawan from ITS presented intergovernmental coordination in spatial planning which highlighted the case of Surabaya inward looking-ness in managing its development. The afternoon session was filled with group discussion and site visit to three locations : 1) Super depo Sutorejo: a waste sorting site (co-funded by a Japanese company); 2) Bratang: a composting house that is adjacent to Flora Park; 3) RW 5, Kelurahan Jambangan: an exampleof self-reliance community in Surabaya that practices waste recycling program and water purifier.
The event was closed with analyzing the challenges and finding appropriate solution of the cities using selected tools introduced by Dr. Manfred Poppe. In conclusion, there were four main issues in urban sprawl : 1) Governance : inter-governmental relation, policy and regulation; 2) Planning and design issues; 3) Land Policy : access to land, value/price of land; 4) Infrastructure Planning : construction.
The Green Prosperity (GP) Project was part of Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Program which designed to reduce poverty by promoting economic growth. GP Project would provide commercial and grant financing to support private sector investment in renewable energy and sustainable land use practices. The project would also provide technical assistance to support project preparation, improve land use planning, and strengthen local and regional capacity to pursue low carbon development. There were six tasks to support Green Prosperity Project. One of the task was Strategic Environment Assessment (SEA) conducted by Abt Associates in collaboration with URDI.
SEA aims to identify key environmental, social, and economic drivers that should inform district-level development planning and the identification of viable GP investments in each of the four starter districts, namely Muaro Jambi and Merangin (Jambi Province), Mamuju and Mamasa (West Sulawesi Province). The activities already implemented were:
1) Screening Report
The screening stage was used to determine whether the SEA is “significant” and needed in order to have policy plans and programs (PPP) that meet sustainable development objectives. If SEA significance to Green Prosperity Project in each starter districts, then SEA could proceed to the next stage.
2) Multi Stakeholder Forum (MSF)
MSF was a forum attended by key stakeholders to discuss issues related to Green Prosperity Project. In MSF, each the tasks groups supported Green Prosperity Project presented identification results to the participants. The objectives of MSF were: (i) stakeholders could understand critical and strategic issues to obtain optimum benefit from GP implementation; and (ii) stakeholders understand the opportunities for their participation on GP implementation in the future.
The results of MSF was obtaining clarification on critical issues and recommendations related to renewable energy and sustainable natural resources management from stakeholders.
3) Scoping Report
Scoping report focused on the strategic areas based on areas proposed by stakeholders. The objectives of the scoping were: (i) to identify geographic and temporal boundaries in strategic areas and also its critical issues, and (ii) to collect data and information about premiliniary strategic issues in the study area to inform the stakeholders about economy benefit on GP investment project. the Screening Report was used landscape approach as an integrated approach to address critical issues identified by district and provincial governments, and strategic issues identified in the SEA’s scoping phase. The approach was needed to identify temporal and spatial dynamics of the study area in order to have better understanding the issues, and as guideline to draw up comprehensive solution which could potentially obstruct GP investment impementation in the future.
Process of Law 32/2004 revision had been conducted for 5 years. Some institutions and civil society organizations focused on decentralization, local autonomy, local governments and local financial had joined Regional Autonomy Working Group (Kelompok Kerja Otonomi Daerah/ Pokja Otda) to assist and keep watching Law 32/2004 revision. Pokja Otda members are Komite Pemantau Pelaksanaan Otonomi Daerah (KPPOD), Forum Transparansi Anggaran (FITRA), Pusat Studi Hukum dan Kebijakan (PSHK), YAPPIKA, Urban and Regional Development Institute (URDI) dan Yayasan Inovasi Pemerintahan Daerah (YIPD).
The objectives was integrating concept and input to formulate draft of Law 32/ 2004 revision into three main topics: (1) National – Regional Interrelation and Authority, (2) Political Representation and Community Participation, and (3) Public Services and Regional Development.
Process of Law 32/ 2004 revision consisted of several activities:
1) Study Analysis
Study analysis was conducted by URDI to assess Regional Development Planning, Urban Areas, and Special Zone. Output for the study were policy brief for each issues and DIM of Draft of Law on Local Government proposed by Pokja Otda.
2) Public Consultation
Public Consultation was conducted to disseminate the study analysis results and to gain input from the community and various stakeholders. Public consultation was held in Western and Eastern Indonesia to obtain feedback and practical experience from Local Government and CSO associated with decentralization and regional autonomy issues.
3) Focus Group Discussion (FGD)
FGD aims was to gain strategic issues that need to be advocated in Law 32/2004 revision. FGD was held on March 15, 2013 at Hotel Salak Boutique The Heritage, Bogor and presented Nur Hidayati (Head of Advocacy and Campaign Department, WALHI), Roy Salam (Senior Researcher, IBC) and Iskandar Saharudin (Researcher, PATTIRO) as resource persons. Pokja Otda explained about Regional Innovation and Regional Finance. Then the resource persons explained about local authority for natural resources management, regional finance, and local governance particularly the provincial authority.
4) Media Briefing
Media Briefing was presented by URDI with theme “Local Development Planning” which held on April 14, 2013 at Bakoel Cofee Cikini, Jakarta. The briefing invited some mass media, such as Kompas, Tribunnews, Berita Satu. Wahyu Mulyana (URDI) explained that local development planning on the Draft was limited to procedural aspects, and less improvement on local government effectiveness and quality; because: (i) integration between planning and budgeting was less implemented that causing deviations on planning and implementation; (ii) lack of community participation; (iii) absence of measurable program priorities; and (iv) inconsistencies between local development planning and mayor programs.
5) National Public Consultation
Public Consultation was join cooperation between UNDP-PGSP, TIFA Foundation and Pokja Otda that held on April 23, 2013 in Harris Hotel, Jakarta. The aims of public consultation were: (i) explain Pokja Otda view on Draft of Law 32/2004 revision; and (ii) gained input and confirmed several issues related to Pokja Otda concerns. Public Consultation was a workshop discussed about Province Authority, Regional Finance, Development Planning, Public Service, Regional Innovation, and Regional Regulation. The participants of public consultations coming from various institutions such as provincial government, academicians, CSOs associated with local