Department of Comparative Politics

Economic Development and Environmental Protection: Lessons from Indonesia

South-East Asia expert Gyda Marås Sindre finds in a new book chapter that the efforts of the Indonesian government to achieve poverty alleviation while protecting the environment are undermined by cronyism, corruption and problems of governance.

Illustration photo: Indonesia.

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Sustainable development

South-East Asia expert Gyda Marås Sindre of the Department of Comparative Politics assesses the Indonesian government’s strategies for poverty reduction while tackling problems related to climate change and local environmental degradation in a new book chapter. The publication, ‘Indonesia: Neoliberal development in the context of decentralized patronage politics’, comprises one chapter in Emerging Economies and Challenges to Sustainability: Theories, strategies, local realities, published by Routledge.

The Indonesian economy has grown markedly in recent years, while the country seeks to address environmental concerns through international agreements.


Challenging implementation

Marås concludes that sustainable development has proven extremely difficult for Indonesia. While important and far-reaching, the two key government initiatives, The National Program for Community Empowerment (PNPN) and Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD), have been undermined by cronyism, corruption and problems of governance.


Read more about the publication here.