Fighting Indonesia Corruption with Best Practices

Photo by MSI’s Zabrina Krishnamoorthy

Former Commissioner of Hong Kong’s Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), Bertrand de Speville, spent a week in Jakarta as part of MSI’s USAID-funded “Strengthening Integrity and Accountability Program 1.”

The ICAC is regarded as one of the most successful anti-corruption agencies in the world. It helped turn the territory from a pervasively corrupt system into one of the financial capitals of the world.

De Speville is a leading international authority in effectively fighting corruption. He advised Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on regional expansion plans, creating an investigation policy, reforming the asset declaration regime, optimal financing and staffing levels and maintaining public support.

“I extend my thanks to you for the assistance that you have given us,” KPK Chairman Abraham Samad said to De Spellville, USAID and MSI. “We appreciate your continued attention to KPK.”

He met with all divisions of the KPK and held in-depth sessions with commissioners. De Speville also briefed parliamentarians from the committee on anti-corruption legislation, law enforcement agencies, and the Presidential Delivery Unit (UKP4). He held a public lecture at Paramadina University for more than 180 attendees.

“I have been very pleased to visit the KPK, to see how things stand now, and talk with all commissioners,” De Spellville said. “I was involved in the planning of the KPK in 2001. KPK has achieved a great deal…Indonesia has improved by a point on the Corruption Perception Index Score, and the KPK enjoys wide public support.”

The visit is part of MSI’s ongoing three-year USAID program to support the Corruption Eradication Commission and includes assistance on strategic planning, performance management, competency-based human resources management, and public outreach and education.

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