The Citarum River Basin (CRB) in West Java, Indonesia is considered by the government as the most strategic river basin in the country. As of 2008, it provided 80% of Jakarta’s water supply, supported more than 28 million people and 20% of the country’s industrial output, produced 1,400 megawatts of hydropower, and irrigated close to 400,000 hectares that produced 5% of Indonesia' rice.
During project appraisal in 2008, Odisha (formerly Orissa), in northeastern India, was one of the poorest states in the country. Agriculture employed 60% of its available labor and generated one-third of its gross domestic product.
During 2000–2005, infrastructure investments in Indonesia dropped to an annual average of 3% of gross domestic product (GDP), from 8% of GDP during 1995–1997. Private infrastructure investment fell sharply from 1.8% of GDP during 1995–1998 to 0.5% of GDP in 2000–2005.
Underdeveloped infrastructure and poor domestic and international connectivity prevented Indonesia from achieving its growth potential. Furthermore, the pace of economic growth and job creation was insufficient to reverse the declining poverty reduction rate and widening rural-urban disparity as well as close the socioeconomic gap between the western and eastern regions.