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Combatting Corruption in Indonesia

In Indonesia, we implement the CEGAH project, a word that means “prevent” in Bahasa Indonesia. Funded by USAID, the project engages a broad range of stakeholders to prevent corruption and strengthen rule of law systems in Indonesia. Beneficiaries include actors in the judiciary, executive and independent agencies, along with leading institutions in civil society, media and the private sector.

In collaboration with Indonesia’s Supreme Court and Attorney General, we work to support data-driven efforts to improve the prosecution and adjudication of corruption cases. Our efforts are designed to improve transparency, reduce sentencing disparities, and promote data exchanges among relevant law enforcement agencies. The project is also working to improve anti-corruption education among universities and continuing education programs within the legal profession.

Our team also works with key accountability agencies to build their capacity to coordinate, cooperate and act in the prevention of corruption. Our work focuses on support for administrative reform efforts, such as strengthening internal control systems, improving civil service recruitment and promotion processes and improving the handling of gratuities.

CEGAH also engages with universities, civil society organizations (CSOs), think tanks and the private sector to strengthen public demand for accountability, and to contribute to enhanced anti-corruption strategies through evidence-based advocacy initiatives and data-driven investigative journalism.

The project supports Indonesia’s national complaint handling system, known as LAPOR!, which processed an average of more than 12,000 complaints per month throughout 2018. Beyond LAPOR!, the project helped to enhance the training curriculum for the judges on Indonesia’s specialized anti-corruption courts (TIPIKOR) and supported CSO efforts to create an Indonesian Anti-Corruption Academy, an online learning platform designed to educate youth and other community members on corruption prevention. CEGAH support also helped to create an annual film festival aimed at engaging the nation’s youth and creative professionals in efforts to enhance government accountability and transparency, topics which are often perceived as dry or inaccessible. The film festival and its various events, including a gala awards ceremony aired on national television, engaged thousands of participants across the archipelago.

Since its inception in May 2016, we have provided crucial support to Indonesia in efforts to combat corruption and promote accountability, building on previous USAID investments and empowering reformers throughout government.