THE ROLE OF PAPUA SPECIAL AUTONOMY FUND FOR REGIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT
Since the issuance of Law Number 21 of 2001 concerning Special Autonomy for Papua Province, Papua and West Papua Provinces have held Special Autonomy (Otonomi Khusus / Otsus) status in the endeavour of accelerating regional development. However, the granting of this status has not optimally aided in the achievement of the Regional Medium-Term Development Plan (RPJMD) target. This study discusses the administering of Papua Special Autonomy Fund. This research utilizes normative legal research methods and supported by economic analysis. The study infers problems in the utilization of the Papua Special Autonomy Fund as it has not been amply directed to infrastructure development. As infrastructure plays an important role in facilitating local community's basic services, economic opportunities, and health facilities, the use of the Papua Special Autonomy Fund should be directed to physical and non-physical infrastructure development in the region.
Special Autonomy Fund, Papua, Local Government, Poverty Alleviation, Infrastructure Development.