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Creating a Child-Friendly City in Surakarta, Indonesia

Creating a Child-Friendly City in Surakarta, Indonesia


Our featured best practice for this month looks at the city of Surakarta, better known as Solo, that has made great and impressive progress towards becoming a child-friendly city, putting children first.

The city of Solo on Java, one of the most important cities in Indonesia, decided to focus on the increasing problem of children suffering from the effects of growing urbanisation and the poverty that brings with it. There were too many children suffering with malnutrition, living on the street or simply not enjoying a safe and comfortable environment.

The initiative, which began in 2006, focused on a development strategy to integrate commitment and resources of government, communities and businesses and pledged to fulfil children’s rights thoroughly and sustainably. The activities covered health, education, child protection and child participation.

The mission of the programme, that had taken place over the last 10 years, was to provide comprehensive health care and nutrition, qualified education, to establish a system of basic social services and to provide child protection services. This was to be achieved through forming an implementation team for child friendly city development, collecting baseline data, identifying the activities and problems of children and develop an action plan to achieve the goals.

The results that have been achieved so far are impressive: regulation to protect children is in place and stakeholders working with children have been identified and trained. Child safety zones around schools have been created and science parks, libraries and playgrounds established throughout the city.

A summary of the project and contact information is available on the DELGOSEA website under:

For more information on DELGOSEA's activities in Indonesia on

APEKSI, Association of Indonesian Municipalities, Indonesia

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