Sanitation Articles by Journalists Encourage Local Governments
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Public diplomacy is an integrated activity of the sAIIG (Australia Indonesia Infrastructure Grants for sanitation) program. This initiative promotes the bilateral partnership while strengthening the impact of the Australian and Indonesian Government supported sanitation program implemented by nine Local Governments (LGs) through the Indonesia Infrastructure Initiative (IndII).

The site of the solid waste management facility in Mamminasata
Mamminasata Moves Ahead with Regional Solid Waste Development

The Government of Indonesia (GoI) is taking steps to improve solid waste management by requiring regional governments to comply with Law no. 18/2008 on waste management. As part of its efforts, it has selected the Mamminasata Metropolitan Area (which encompasses Makassar City and the regencies of Maros, Gowa and Takalar) for a pilot project to develop a regional sanitary landfill. This metropolitan area is a driver for growth, not only for Sulawesi but for the whole of Eastern Indonesia in terms of industry, transportation, and trade. However, due to the lack of adequate solid waste management systems, it is facing serious environmental and sanitation issues, including increasing levels of illegal waste dumping into rivers, canals, and roads. For sustainable development in the region, the establishment of a sanitary landfill (tempat pemrosesan akhir, or TPA) is critical.

The Head of Malang Regency’s Local Govern-ment gives a speech at the launch of CBO Sumber Maron’s micro hydro system.
Community-Based Organizations Gain Access to Credit for Water Supply Improvements

NEARLY HALF of rural Indonesian citizens are beyond the reach of services provided by local water companies. In these situa-tions, Community Based Organisations (CBOs) can assume re-sponsibility for managing piped water provision. But CBOs are often unprepared for the challenge. To successfully operate a piped water system they need greater knowledge of manage-ment, engineering, operations, and maintenance, along with access to capital and financing.

IndII’s consultant Phillip Jordan talks with DGH officials in Palembang during a site visit to discuss safety at road work sites.
Directorate General of Highways Formally Adopts Standards and Manuals to Improve Road Safety

INDONESIA IS EXPERIENCING a serious and worsening road safety problem. More than 32,000 road users are killed annually in crashes throughout the country, and another million or more are injured. Unnecessarily hazardous road infrastructure contributes to this toll. Often, low cost measures are available that could make roads less dangerous and reduce the number and severity of crashes, but these measures can only be implemented if local engineers understand how to evaluate and improve the infrastructure.

During the development of the Special Rail-ways regulation, several Focus Group Discussions were held where stakeholders were invited to voice their concerns and observations.
New Regulations Encourage Private Sector Involvement in Railways

INDONESIA’S NATURAL RESOURCES, such as coal, have an important role to play in expanding the nation’s economic growth. At present, road networks are used to transport much of the cargo, even when such transport is economically inefficient. Overloaded trucks contribute to arterial road crowding and accelerated pavement deterioration. In other areas, resources cannot yet be exploited because no mode of transport is operational.