Improving the management of sustainable development: towards a new strategic framework for large developing countries: China, India, and Indonesia

Improving the management of sustainable development: towards a new strategic framework for large developing countries: China, India, and Indonesia

What lessons can be learned from China, India and Indonesia's attempts to embrace sustainable development goals?

Based on the case study analyses of China, India, and Indonesia, this report introduces and examines some of the important issues related to developing a national strategy for sustainable development. Some of the issues and questions addressed in this report are:

  • What are the most important sustainable development trends and policy priorities confronting China, India, and Indonesia?
  • What have been some of the notable sustainable development achievements and/or failures in these three countries?
  • What new ideas, policy developments, and decision–making practices are required in a national strategy for sustainable development?

Among the key findings explored are:

  • While economic improvements have resulted in a healthy decline in poverty and an increase in the life expectancy rate with greater investments in environmental and social policies, much more needs to be done.
  • Whilst there have been noticeable improvements in the management of sustainable development in these countires , a better balance between economic development and environmental protection through improved policy co-ordination is required.
  • More pro-active partnership building with civil society and the private sector, better monitoring of progress and better prioritisation of existing environmental and social problems is required.
  • It is more critical than ever that these three countries need to improve their capacity to govern and mediate the policy challenges posed by globalisation.
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