Representation is central to many aspects of democratic politics and governance and a critical determinant of the quality and vibrancy of a democracy. In Indonesia, there have been important gains in representation since 1998, with the growth of political parties, civil society organizations, and the media, and the empowerment of national and local legislatures.
Still, in a country as large and diverse as Indonesia, representation is inherently complex and challenging and still faces a number of barriers. These include disparities of wealth and power, money politics, and a tendency to rely on top-down approaches to governance. Program Representasi seeks to address some of these remaining barriers by working with representative groups in Indonesia.
The project has two overarching objectives: increasing the inclusiveness and effectiveness of groups, networks, and institutions that seek to represent citizens’ views, interests, and aspirations to government and improving the responsiveness, effectiveness, and transparency of legislative processes.
The project will work to achieve these objectives by focusing on three major areas:
- Building the capacity of membership-based civil society organizations so they can better represent their members’ and constituents’ interests
- Supporting independent analysis and public consideration of legislation and policies having a major impact on democratic governance
- Working with those concerned to ensure that legislative processes become more effective, responsive, and transparent
- Membership-based civil society organizations are better able to represent the interests of their members and stakeholders
- Universities, think tanks, and civil society organizations are better able to produce and disseminate policy-relevant research and analysis
- Legislative processes are more effective, responsive, and transparent