The Government of Indonesia is now hard at work on its Rencana Pembangunan Jangka Menengah Nasional (RPJMN, or National Medium Term Development Plan) for the period 2015–2019. This is the third five-year plan that is part of a larger, 20-year planning effort first undertaken in 2005. The 20-year planning effort sees the Indonesia of 2025 as a competitive country with integrated, reliable transport networks and adequate water and sanitation infrastructure for all citizens. Much work remains to be done to achieve this vision, and the next RPJMN will serve as a key policy framework for the next national government.
IndII is working with counterparts at Bappenas and various line agencies on their strategic plans for the 2015–19 period. The process affords an opportunity to think strategically not only over a five-year horizon, but to 2025 and beyond. In recognition of this, IndII has developed a series of papers – covering cross-cutting themes, the transport sector, and the water and sanitation sector – that draw on IndII’s experience assisting Indonesia to explore new strategies for strengthening service delivery modalities, improving governance, and ensuring that expenditures on infrastructure development achieve the maximum possible impact. Hopefully, the ideas and observations that these papers contain will assist government officials as they make plans to meet the nation’s needs for transportation networks and water and sanitation services.