Improving Public Policies
Without clear policy goals, governance reform is doomed to become rudderless and ineffective.
The government’s ability to successfully deliver services and encourage development reflects the vision of its elected leadership. It needs to be supported by an unambiguous public policy framework that establishes transparent, realistic goals, and mechanisms for evaluating success and failure.
Public policy in Indonesia runs the gamut from the well considered and reflective to the arcane, contradictory and unwieldy. It shows evidence of weak human resource management within the civil service and a lack of long-term strategic planning.
The Partnership’s expertise is being used to help government institutions at national and local level to identify research and implement practical policy goals in the areas of trade, election management, civil administration and corruption.
Strengthening & Reforming Institutions
Robust state institutions with clear mandates are essential to governance reform.
Rather than being service providers and advocates for the poor and disenfranchised, too often Indonesia's law enforcement, judiciary, and political parties have been unaccountable to the people and mired in cronyism and corruption.
Over the past decade successive national governments have attempted, with varying degress of success, to professionalize state institutions, root out the dead wood and rebuild with an eye to the future.
The Partnership works as a facilitator and enable of institutional reform, marrying internal capacity building with vigorous external monitoring mechanism.
Empowering Civil Society
Public awareness-raising and support is a critical element of succesful governance reform. Without local community buy-in, the best-intentioned efforts are often doomed to fail.
Although they are key stakeholders, the general population, private sector and other interest groups routinely find themselves on the outside looking in, unable to influence the direction of policy changes whose impacts they are being asked to bear.
The Partnership works closely with CSOs to increase their capacity to actively monitor and engage with the state.
Investing in Governance Education & Information
The past decade has seen a dizzying variety of governance reform initiatives across Indonesia. Keeping tract of successes, failures and lessons-learned along the way will help guide and hone future project development.
Thus far however, no information node or research centre has emerged to collate and publish efforts to date in a coherent manner.
The Partnership is working towards filling that void, beginning with completion in 2008 of the nation's governance indext, which levels the playing field and evaluates all provinces along a strict and comprehensive score card of governance indicators.