An article in Kompas Daily Newspaper.

Indonesia needs Rp 56 trillion funds to pursue the targets of Millennium Development Goals, which have a deadline of 2015, to reach out to half of the population who do not have access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation. Availability of sanitation system in Indonesia is ranked to be the third worst among ASEAN member countries.

For three decades, until the year 2000, the Indonesian Government only provided Rp 200 per year per capita. For the construction of sanitation systems, at least Rp 52,000 per year per capita is required. As a result, there is now the requirement of huge funds to overcome backwardness in the fields of sanitation and drinking water access. Until 2014, funding for sanitation amounts to Rp 16.5 trillion. Despite Indonesia recording the highest economic growth in Southeast Asia, at about six percent, the country’s sanitation condition is only better than Laos and Timor Leste. Data from 2009 show that 70 million Indonesians still defecated recklessly.

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