Actions by Donors to Improve Sanitation

Sanitation is a gargantuan challenge in Jakarta. The major problem pertains to improper wastewater disposal and treatment leading to contamination of groundwater. This entails high opportunity costs in terms of lost output per capita owing to health-related consequences (health care, productivity losses and premature death). Unfortunately, sanitation has never been a priority for the government when compared with other social sectors like education and health, despite the serious threats it poses. This is evident from the low priority the government accords it in its budget allocations, despite having the goal of achieving 100% coverage by 2019. Despite ongoing financial and … Continue reading Actions by Donors to Improve Sanitation

Citizen Participation in Spatial Planning

Unlike traditional land-use planning, spatial planning provides opportunities within a national regulatory framework to integrate policies to influence the future distribution of activities in various areas. The success of spatial planning can thus be measured by how it can deliver effective public service investment at the local level while supporting the achievement of wider objectives for the province or city. Under the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, spatial planning falls under 11th Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), namely ‘Making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable’. One of the targets under this SDG is to “enhance capacity for participatory, integrated … Continue reading Citizen Participation in Spatial Planning

Improving Emergency Response in Jakarta

Jakarta has a history of severe flooding and studies have found that the frequency of floods has increased in recent years. In view of this recurring natural hazard, the scope of this report will focus on studying Jakarta’s emergency response, carrying out a policy evaluation and making recommendations, particularly in regard to flood management. Our proposal will focus on the process and procedures for emergency response coordination. In the course of our research, different stakeholder groups made repeated calls for better inter-agency coordination and deeper community involvement in the city’s emergency response efforts. This proposal will look at developing an … Continue reading Improving Emergency Response in Jakarta

Action to support sustainable urban riverside neighbourhoods

Since 1950, Jakarta has experienced the phenomena of explosive population growth. Migrants flooded to Jakarta for economic reasons and in search of employment, bringing pressure to bear on housing. Growing numbers of migrants took to informal housing in the form of squatter communities, known as kampungs, along the 13 riverbanks crisscrossing the city of Jakarta. The dense riverside settlements have added huge pressure on the environment, traffic and air quality as the rivers are choked with human waste and garbage, creating serious health threats. Although Indonesian law forbids settlements along riverbanks which serve as water catchment areas, 3.5 million settlers … Continue reading Action to support sustainable urban riverside neighbourhoods

Tourism Game Changer: North Jakarta

North Jakarta is located near to Jakarta’s international airport, and is a destination within the city that has great potential for increased tourism activity that would contribute to economic growth for the city. The 12 North Jakarta Coastal Tourism Destination plan that was launched on 26 July 2009 sets the focus for North Jakarta’s development policy. Several of the tourism sites within the plan consist of cultural and historical sites. These sites display Jakarta’s rich history, dating as far back as the Dutch colonial era. The authors of this paper have therefore recommended the creation of a Heritage Trail in … Continue reading Tourism Game Changer: North Jakarta