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Strengthening Representative Groups in Indonesia

Program Representasi strengthened Indonesian civil society organizations, supported public policy research, and worked to ensure that legislative processes are more effective, transparent, and representative of citizens’ interests.
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 sought to address some of these remaining barriers by working with representative groups in Indonesia.
The project had 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 worked to achieve these objectives by focusing on three major areas:
  • Building the capacity of membership-based civil society organizations (CSOs) 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
Project Results: 
  • Developed four “policy communities” – associations of CSOs, think tanks, and national and local level policy makers that collaborate on specific policy reforms
  • Strengthened 317 CSOs by expanding membership, developing alliances, and engaging with policymakers
  • Hosted 113 multi-stakeholder forums that developed formal recommendations for improving policy
  • Initiated an Indonesian Policy Research Network with 12 research institutes
  • Produced and shared 74 policy briefs and 23 policy papers

Project Duration: 2011 - 2016


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