New Collection of Best Practices from Indonesia

New Collection of Best Practices from Indonesia


The Indonesian local government association APEKSI has just published the latest edition of its annual collection of best practices gathered from municipalities across the country.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the compilation of inspiring examples from Indonesia which featuring six case studies, including the city of Tarakan on Borneo that was an original DELGOSEA pilot city. The city’s replication of the recycling project “Eco-Savers” from the Philippines that rewards school children and their families for collecting recyclable rubbish has taken on a life of its own: Tarakan has extended the programme by widening participation from schools to the larger community and by linking it to already existing schemes to improve waste management in the city.

Waste management is one of the most important issues for local governments across the region and Indonesia is no exception: an innovative approach for turning waste into alternative energy in was taken in Kendari City on the island of Sulawesi. Inspired by projects from as far afield as Brazil, the city developed technology to turn organic waste into methane gas and using the gas to provide electricity for households in the city.

Other case studies focus on e-government in Pekalongan, Java, and turning Surakarta (Solo) also on Java, into a child-friendly city – two initiatives that are very much in line with contemporary thinking and developments. Pekalongan focused on working with open source software to ensure that the problem of the use of illegal software that had plagued the city’s services in the past was stamped out and all services were working reliable and on a legal basis. The problem of illegal use of expensive branded software is common to many cities across the region and Pekalongan’s innovative solution can easily be replicated.

Surakarta (Solo) decided to tackle the problem that many rapidly growing cities have: a lack of public spaces for children to play, a lack of secure transportation to school, and high level of violence against children. By integrating all relevant public service departments, the city has managed to create more playgrounds and learning centres for children, to introduce ‘school safety zones’ where traffic regulation make it easier for children to get to school securely, and to concentrate healthcare and welfare efforts on small children, especially from poorer families.

Government resource management and a participatory approach to selecting development proposals are the focus of the final two best practices from Metro City and Surabaya.

All these best practices are described in detail, outlining the results achieved and lessons learnt as well as describing the ease with which they can be transferred to other places. For more information on compilation and the individual case studies, please contact the DELGOSEA communication office on:

For more information on APEKSI and the Indonesian pilot city Tarakan on

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