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Jakarta Post

Papua’s special autonomy funds going to waste, say experts

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, November 22 2011   /  08:00 am

The government’s lack of supervision has knocked special autonomy in Papua and West Papua off track, leaving residents in the midst of poverty and a conflict that is seemingly never ending, experts say.

Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) researcher Adriana Elisabeth said that the central government may have deliberately neglected local governments in Papua, arguing that it was necessary for central government to assist and mentor local government officials on development planning.

“Since the early transition years [of Papua’s special autonomy status], there has never been any accompaniment and clear guidance from central government to local Papuans on how they should handle the special autonomy funds,” Adriana said. “This caused special autonomy funds to be not utilized optimally.”

In 2001, the government granted special autonomy status for the pr...