Will to Collaborate, Will to Improve: Standing between Security and Welfare Agenda in Nunukan, A State Border of Indonesia



This research has aim to explain about existences of practical collaborative governance which can strengthen process and impact in development schema of welfare in the frontier area, particularly at Nunukan in time of state-security regime. This research is also critically viewed the involvement of non-state stakeholders as voluntary participation by the various component of groups either by external project or from local initiative. By conducting interviews, focus group discussion, literature research, documentation, and field research, our findings are going as follow: Firstly, ‘will to collaborate’ is obvious and less collaborative governance practices has occurred between several sectors especially healthcare service by Puskesmas. However, citizens criticize strongly the goal of the regional development led by central government and governmentality practice under the welfare and security project in the borderland. Second, the local initiative to collaborate actually have grown in various sector such as health, education, information, alternative education, awareness of sustainable economy practices at the local level. Interestingly, this research that the public has an awareness that infrastructure is not a single-most important issue in border area due to social capital is also a local concern. Big budget from local and national are not merely the answer, but more collaborative governance and openly public engagement will be a meaningful and powerful weapon to make state border’s development under the banner of local people interest.

Keywords: state border, collaborative governance, welfares, public participation, security, improve.

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