Using a Creative Approach to Fighting Corruption in Indonesia

A photo from 2013's ACFFest, a film festival for Anti-Corruption Day.

A photo from 2013’s ACFFest, a film festival for Anti-Corruption Day.

Founded by the UN in 2003, International Anti-Corruption Day is December 9th.  Last year, MSI helped to showcase  progress in fighting corruption in Indonesia through a film festival and photo exhibition. This year, MSI’s Strengthening Integrity and Accountability Program 1 (SIAP 1) is supporting the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in organizing Anti-Corruption Week. The week will feature a series of events, exhibitions and workshops which will take place in Yogyakarta, Indonesia from December 9th– 12th.

Anti-Corruption Week aims to continually build awareness and understanding and calls for the community to take a stand against corruption. The week’s events hope to build momentum and foster further collaboration with Indonesian ministries, the private sector, creative communities and media in the effort against corruption. Workshops and photo exhibitions will bring together local artists, expert speakers and initiators from several social movements.  Indonesian law enforcement agencies, government, and national artists will take part in several activities which consist of exhibitions, children and education zones, seminars, talk shows, art contests, and a SIAP 1-supported creative zone. In addition to these activities, KPK commissioners and Indonesian government representatives will give speeches and lead discussions on the Sarasehan stage. The stage is modeled using the Javanese cultural approach ‘sarasehan.’ In Indonesia, cultural formats are often used to circulate messages for the public.  Sarasehan is a type of informal public meeting that will give the public and government representatives the opportunity to discuss emerging issues and to voice concerns about anti-corruption efforts.

The event itself will be attended by Indonesian law enforcement agencies, government and national artists. It is expected that this cultural approach can strengthen the law enforcement agencies commitment to make concrete steps in combating corruption.

Read more about the SIAP 1 project here.

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