Development and Urbanization
This is a study to show how neighbourhood organizations and their networks have evolved strategies and practices to defend their settlements. One main justification for housing evictions of riverbank informal housing settlements was linked to their contribution to Jakarta’s flooding problem. In 2015, a cluster of three kampungs (Kampung Tongkol, Kampung Lodan dan Kampung Krapu) called Kampung Anak Kali Ciliwung along the Ciliwung River, negotiated with the government to be able to stay at their current location by emptying 5 meters of space from the river. Together with civic organization, university and professionals, this cluster of Kampung’s plan worked to secure the future of their living environment. We argue that such cooperation executed in a neighborhood scale can trigger similar movements in other locations, activated through a community network. The activities that started in Kampung Anak Kali Ciliwung shows the emergence of community-organizing movement to fight injustice with concrete actions, and the use of space both as representations and as materialization, trigger the confidence of other community networks to carry out the movements in protecting their own living environment. The dissemination of successful grassroot strategies through mainstream media contribute as a trigger of confidence and enable such self-help, community planning efforts to grow into an urban movement.. Positive response from the government opens up a possibility for this continuing movement to influence the new policy of Jakarta’s current governor.