To Move Forward on Anti-Corruption, We’re Going Back to School

Group of youths holding bags and cameras at anti-corruption reform film festival in Indonesia.Over the past few decades, Indonesia has transformed into one of the world’s largest democratic countries with significant pushes towards an open government and increased protection of citizen rights. Despite this progress, however, it continues to rank high on the corruption scale.

To combat the endemic, USAID’s CEGAH anti-corruption initiative, implemented by MSI, worked alongside one of Indonesia’s leading corruption watchdog organizations to design the Anti-Corruption Academy. The Academy was launched in April of 2018 and features six full courses, 52 modules, and over 2,000 instructional videos supporting corruption reform training.

Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) coupled the launch with a musical performance and panel discussion which drew in over 200 audience members, including figures from mass media, education, and government.

Poster for anti-corruption reform film festival in Indonesia.

“[The Anti-Corruption Academy] is one of our efforts to make education easily accessible for a lot of people. There is no need for face-to-face interactions, which can be costly and time consuming, especially in Indonesia,” said Adnan Topan Husodo, ICW’s Coordinator. “Anti-corruption can also be learned using technology. The public is thirsty to know more, and to do something about corruption.”

In additon to e-learning, focusing on new media is one of several innovations the CEGAH project using. The project also collaborated on a film festival with the Supreme Audit Agency of the (BPK RI) to encourage students to understand importance of citizen engagement in corruption reform.

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