Despite two decades of decentralization, disparity in inter-regional development remains abundant and prevalent. Moreover, intra-regional disparity reflected in the inequality between different population groups has reached an unprecedented level in Indonesian history. One root cause includes the inability of some local governments to strengthen their local institutions and unequal access to improvements in human capital through quality of education and health services. Strengthening local institutions and improving local human capital has been the responsibility of the state, which has been decentralized to local governments. In order to optimally exercise this decentralization, local governments need to be innovative in the ways they reform their institutions and provide education, learning and health services in their regions.
Although in many cities, districts and provinces, we are beginning to see innovative approaches to development, they are still insufficiently few. The understanding of conditions under which such innovations occur is empirically limited. We need evidence of lessons learned so success in certain areas can be replicated.
As an initiative to increase knowledge about how and why such innovative approaches by local governments improve local institutions and human capital, the IRSA-Local Government Innovation program supports research in this area. The support is in the form of small research grants of Rp. 25,000,000 for any good quality research that can potentially produce new knowledge of local government innovation in Indonesia.
Specific research topics can be, but are not limited to, the following:
What is the role of the local environment in helping local governments create innovative ways to strengthen local institution and human capital?
What are the impacts of innovations in local public services delivery on human development outcomes?
Have democratization and decentralization strengthened local institutions and produced innovative local/regional development actors, including political leaders?
To what extent do local institution, political leaders or public figures play a role in the innovation of public services delivery in the regions/localities?
To what extent can bureaucracy be transformed to create innovation in public services delivery in the regions/localities?
Are there any examples of best practice in the regions/localities related to local government innovations that can be replicated in other areas?
Who can apply?
Indonesian researchers in any science discipline who are willing to present their research findings at the 16th IRSA virtual conference on 12-13 July 2021.
Deadline of proposal submissions: 15 March 2021
Notification of the winner: 15 April 2021
Presentation of the findings: 12-13 July 2021
Final paper submissions: 31 August 2021
Submission The proposal needs to be made via the following downloadable form (http://bit.ly/IRSA-LG-2021) and submitted via email to heriyaldi(at)unpad.ac.id and cc to dede_gsu02(at)yahoo.com.
B.S. Nazamuddin, Saiful Mahdi, Cut Dewi, M. Saleh Sjafei, Alin Halimatussadiah, Djoni Hartono, Devanto Pratomo, Hefrizal Handra and Budy P. Resosudarmo
IRSA Book Series on Regional Development No. 18
IDR 100,000 (USD 10)
Due to its location, Indonesia is prone to large seismic activities, some of which have caused a significant number of fatalities and damages to human livelihoods. The country, hence, has to always be prepared and resilient toward these kinds of event. Abilities to soften the human and economic impact of natural shocks and to bounce back the economy as quickly as we can are crucial in sustaining the human and economic development of the country. This book presents disaster-related issues, including disaster management, sustaining regional development, improving human capital in the country, rural development and conserving the environment. Hopefully this book can attract more regional scientists to work on disasters and regional development issues.
The Indonesian Regional Science Association (IRSA) is preparing its IRSA Book Series on Regional Development No. 19. The topic of this book will be on regional aspects of the Covid-19 pandemic in Indonesia. Hence, we seek papers reporting and/or analysing local dynamics related to the spread of Covid-19 pandemic in a region of Indonesia.
Potential topics to be covered include, but not limited to:
health and public health
politics and governance
economics and regional development
education, human capital and labour market
regional finance and fiscal policy
industry and trade
infrastructure and services
food and agriculture
technology, innovation and creative work
social capital, community and trust
environment, natural resources and sustainable development
English written papers of maximum 4,000 words should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5.00pm WIB on 15 September 2020. Main authors of papers selected will be given registration fee waivers and slots to present their papers in the upcoming IRSA Conference (https://yogyakarta2021.irsa.or.id).
The book will be edited by Budy P. Resosudarmo, D.S Priyarsono, Arief A. Yusuf, Alin Halimatussadiah, and Devanto Pratomo. The book is expected to be published by mid 2021.
For more information about IRSA Book Series on Regional Development, please contact Budy P. Resosudarmo at email@example.com.