PhD defence by Anggun Trisnanto Hari Susilo

The Indonesian National Program for Community Empowerment
PhD student
Anggun Susilo
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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Anggun Susilo

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,
  • decentralization.

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.

Doctoral board


Professor Inge Hutter

Doctoral dissertation supervisor

Professor Wil Hout


Dr Erhard Berner

Members of the Full Doctoral Committee

Professor Ronald Holzhacker, University of Groningen

Professor Gerry van Klinken, University of Amsterdam

Dr Laurens Bakker, University of Amsterdam

Dr Sylvia Bergh, ISS

Dr Georgina Gomez, ISS

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