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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.

CEGAH also engages with universities, civil society organizations, 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. 974 media reports have also been published either with direct project support or based on scientific data generated by the project.

The project is also working to improve anti-corruption education among universities and continuing education programs within the legal profession. Funded by CEGAH, Indonesia’s leading corruption watchdog organization, ICW, developed a free e-learning platform called the Akademi Antikorupsi or Anti-Corruption Academy. The Academy provides an anti-corruption curricula and instructional materials targeting higher education, is free and open to the public, and has been endorsed by several universities as required coursework.

The project also 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).

CEGAH support also helped to create an annual film festival to engage youth and creative professionals in efforts to enhance government accountability and transparency, topics that 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 rule-of-law programming, including the SIAP 1 and C4J projects.