Expanding and Diversifying Indonesia's Program for Community Empowerment, 2007-2012

In 2007, Indonesia embarked on a multiyear effort to expand an innovative community-driven development program, first started in 1998, into the largest program of its kind in the world. For nearly a decade, the Kecamatan Development Program had empowered communities to determine how they wanted to use funds for their own development, whether for small infrastructure projects, health and education, or microcredit opportunities. Communities planned, implemented, and maintained projects on their own through village and intervillage committees. The program experienced very low levels of corruption, and in some communities it was the only government program to provide direct benefits that actually reached citizens. It was also successful in raising the incomes of Indonesians in poor parts of the country. From 2007 to 2012, the central government significantly expanded the program and launched pilot projects to extend participation to geographic areas and activities beyond the scope of the original program. Although the scale-up strained management, creating occasional delays and gaps in implementation, the program continued to raise the incomes of the poorest Indonesians. This case study offers several lessons about scaling up community-driven development.
Jonathan Friedman drafted this case study based on interviews conducted in Jakarta, Indonesia in May 2013. The research benefited from additional interviews conducted by Rushda Majeed in October 2013. The case was prepared by ISS in partnership with the World Bank as part of the Bank’s Science of Delivery initiative. This case study is the second in a two-part series; see “Services for the People, by the People:  Indonesia’s Program for Community Empowerment, 1998 – 2006.” Case published February 2014.
World Bank
Asian Financial Crisis
Ministry of Home Affairs
social accountability
Short-route accountability
community-driven development
Coordinating Ministry for People's Welfare
Urban Poverty Program (UPP)
PNPM Support Facility (PSF)
Joint Management Committee
Focus Area(s)
Civil Service
Core Challenge
Reducing capture
Country of Reform
Case Studies
Jonathan Friedman