Turning ‘people problems’ into ‘government problems’: Reflection of an outgoing District Head in Indonesia

Starting a business which used to be problem faced by citizens of Bojonegoro has now become much easier. Photo: Jerry Kurniawan/World Bank Challenges with decentralization Seventeen years ago, Indonesia embarked on its so-called big bang decentralization. Almost overnight, responsibility to deliver many public services was transferred to local governments. This was done, in part, with the hope th...