- PhD student
- Thursday 30 Sep 2021, 10:00 - 11:30
- PhD defence
- Spoken Language
- This defence will take place online
- International Institute of Social Studies
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Due to the coronavirus, the defence will take place online. You can follow the proceedings via ISS Livestream.
On 30 September, Anggun Susilo will defend his thesis 'The Indonesian National Program for Community Empowerment (PNPM)- Rural: Decentralization in the context of neoliberalism and World Bank policies'
In his thesis, Anggun Susilo analyses two cases, both reflecting the dynamics of PNPM in terms of programme implementation and its degree of capture by local interests. The first case concerns PNPM implementation in Gadingkulon; the second case looks at PNPM in the village of Ngadirejo.
He finds that in both cases, PNPM processes and outputs were largely determined by four factors:
- local context,
- power dynamics,
- the work of facilitators and, most importantly,
In Ngadirejo, elite conflict had particular influence on PNPM processes. The influence of elites was magnified there by a weak facilitator’s role.
In contrast, PNPM processes were relatively smooth in Gadingkulon, due to an absence of conflict, the presence of a skilful and experienced facilitator and good coordination by the PNPM management unit.
However, both cases share commonalities. First, both had low rates of community participation in decision-making. Second, in both cases, PNPM empowered a few individuals instead of the community as a whole. Last and most importantly, in both cases bureaucratic complexity and deliberate elite capture were identified.
Download the thesis abstracts
Doctoral dissertation supervisor
Members of the Full Doctoral Committee
Dr Toby Carroll, City University of Hong Kong
Professor Ronald Holzhacker, University of Groningen
Professor Gerry van Klinken, University of Amsterdam
Dr Sylvia Bergh, ISS
Dr Georgina Gomez, ISS