Building Accountability and Integrity in Indonesia

MSI implements the USAID-funded Strengthening Integrity and Accountability Program 1, known as SIAP 1, to build sustainable, good governance in Indonesia.

Team members strengthen Indonesia’s integrity institutions through trainings, technical assistance and grants. The majority of assistance is provided by Indonesian experts and local partners.

The project strives to reduce the influence of “money politics” by strengthening the regulation of political finance and improving oversight and enforcement. It also produces reports detailing international best practices on campaign finance regulations, in cooperation with the General Election Commission and the Election Oversight Body. The project also supports local campaign finance transparency through analysis, training and monitoring the spending of local election campaigns by both government and NGOs.

MSI devised a public education campaign for the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to use social and visual media platforms. According to the social media tracking website salingsilang.com, more than 5 million Indonesian Twitter users sent more than 47 million tweets as of March 2010. The website also recorded more than 5 million blogs in Indonesia.

The campaign is taking the form of public service announcements and short films, using Facebook and Twitter to disseminate messages. SIAP 1 partner Transparency International Indonesia is carrying out this strategy.

These new social media approaches have been praised by USAID and are consistent with an overall reform effort undertaken by the Agency, called USAID Forward. The effort emphasizes innovation and a focus on results. SIAP 1 team members assist KPK in court monitoring, public education and outreach and fine-tuning the gratuities reporting system.

MSI and the Supreme Audit Board (BPK) teamed up to write the Fraud Control System manual. Team members are currently teaching members of the BPK the Fraud Control System, a well-respected integrity diagnostic tool.

Other integrity-promoting government agencies, including the Office of Ombudsman, work with SIAP 1. The project supports the office’s rapid regional expansion, and the office is benefitting from project-led assessments, trainings and regional clinics. A leading Indonesian complaints handling systems consultant is advising the Ombudsman on the revision of its training manual and staff guidelines in an effort to serve citizens more effectively.

SIAP 1 also supports advocacy efforts of a nationwide anti-corruption coalition of youth NGOs, as well as participatory monitoring of local school budgets.

The project continues through January 2016.