Local Leadership and Microhydro Project Sustainability in Rural Indonesia

Published date01 September 2019
Date01 September 2019
Subject MatterArticles
Local Leadership and
Microhydro Project
Sustainability in Rural
Wati Hermawati1
This article examines the relationship between local leaders and rural communi-
ties in Indonesia, which enhances good interactions between them and supports
the sustainability of microhydro projects as well as develops the social and
economic outcomes of those communities. By using qualitative and quantitative
methods, we analyse the case study of two villages in Lumajang District, East Jawa
Province, Indonesia. Results showed that the prominent roles played by the local
leaders help make decisions on various complex issues affecting the community,
acting as a liaison between governmental and non-governmental agencies and the
community for financial and technical assistance, as well as help in the monitoring
and evaluation of projects for proper implementation. Conclusions confirmed
that local leadership is very important at the community level, especially in
developing important networking and relationships.
Local leader, sustainability, microhydro, rural areas
Demand for electricity in Indonesia is substantially increasing, in line with the
increase in population, the growing industry and the expansion of housing
complex. Until July 2017, the total population in Indonesia was estimated at
260,580,739 (CIA World Factbook, 2018), as compared to the last official census
that took place in 2010, which numbered 237,424,363 people. Indonesia, in fact,
is the fourth most populous country in the world, just behind China, India and the
Indian Journal of Public
65(3) 687–701, 2019
© 2019 IIPA
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DOI: 10.1177/0019556119844558
1 Researcher, PAPPIPTEK-LIPI, Jakarta, Indonesia.
Corresponding author:
Wati Hermawati, Researcher, PAPPIPTEK-LIPI, Jakarta, Indonesia.
E-mail: wherma2007@yahoo.com

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