Our History

The Partnership for Governance Reform (‘the Partnership’) is a multi-stakeholder organization established to promote governance reform. It works hand-in-hand with government agencies, CSOs, the private sector, and international development partners in Indonesia to bring about reform at both the national and local levels. The Partnership builds crucial links between all levels of government and civil society to sustainably promote good governance in Indonesia.


Our origins go back to the late 1990s when Indonesia was confronted with a devastating economic and political crisis. Eminent individuals from civil society, government, the private sector and the donor community came together in the desire to advance democracy in Indonesia. The call for Reformasi was the hallmark of the period. The key problems confronting the nation were considered to be linked to the issue of governance and the prime target of Reformasi was to avoid the mistakes of the past and build a new, more accountable state.


The Partnership was established in March 2000 as a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) project designed to help Indonesia realize good governance at all levels of government. It became operational in May 2001 with the Directorate of State Apparatus, the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) as the Executing Agency, the Partnership as the Implementing Agency, and the UNDP as the Trust Fund Manager.


The Partnership became an independent legal entity in 2003 and was registered as a not-for-profit civil-law association. Over the last nine years, the Partnership has grown from its beginnings as a UNDP project into a trusted, independent and prominent Indonesian-managed organization. Because of this national ownership, the Partnership is uniquely positioned to initiate programming in areas that require support from senior levels of government.