Research fellow at the National University of Singapore
The theme of this year’s World Habitat Day, which fell on Oct. 2, was “Affordable Homes.” But Indonesia is suffering from a backlog of 11.4 million houses, and the country’s urban poor are not getting the homes that they need.
Blame it on institutional silo mentality and knowledge disconnects among policymakers. Policies are drafted by those who work only within their institutional mandates and think within their own academic paradigms. Such compartmentalization in acting and thinking does not work to solve multi-faceted issues.
There are three institutional and knowledge “silos” that contribute to Indonesia’s failure to house the urban poor: The disconnects between housing types and job types, between housing development and economic development and between urban development and regional development.&nbs...
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