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Indonesia: Community Empowerment for Rural Development Project

sector: Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Rural Development, Finance, Public Sector Management | country: Indonesia

The Independent Evaluation Department (IED) agrees with the lessons learned from project implementation and considers them valuable to ADB operations. The active involvement of rural communities in planning and management of their own development activities significantly reduced infrastructure costs and caused them to take more responsibility in operating and maintaining the infrastructure they constructed. The project highlighted that a package consisting of rural infrastructure undertaken by villagers, accompanied by human resource development and access to financial services, promotes development in poor villages and helps improve their welfare.

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