Democratic and State Governance

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Strategic Plan 2012 – 2016

  • To support effective electoral management including transparent data and results transmission systems, accountable and efficient financing, competent public communications together with raising standards of institutional and professional integrity within electoral management bodies
  • To promote equitable participation of all voters in the political process, notably of women
  • To support civil society partners promote campaign messages on the importance of public support for good and democratic governance
  • To facilitate debate among candidates and parties pledging to advance the reform agenda should they be elected
  • To promote reforms of parliamentary procedures that will enhance the capacity of the general citizenry to influence the content of draft laws.

Kemitraan Intervention

Kemitraan believes that reform must lead to consolidated democracy. This is a democracy that is more than merely procedural, but is truly representative and furthers the aspirations of all Indonesians. To achieve this we have been working to increase women’s participation, to reform the behavior of political parties, and improve the capacity of the institution responsible for managing elections, the KPU – an increasingly urgent mission as we approach the general elections of 2014.

Broadening the space for citizens to engage with policy makers is another way we hope to make government more responsive. Kemitraan works with selected Members of Parliament to reachout more effectively their respective constituents and to better channel their people’s aspirations. This work is a component of the USAID-funded Chemonics-led Program Representasi.

Kemitraan’s efforts to attract and support quality female engagement in the political process, beyond the 30 percent quota for political parties, includes developing leadership and building confidence in political aspirants.

To support greater women’s participation in political parties, our activities focused on developing a leadership model and establishing a Center for Knowledge Management and a forum to promote peer to peer support of women in developing leadership skills. In Bali, Bali Sruti has developed a training course for women politicians from the six main parties in Bali, a total of over 540 women.

The Democracy Schools were successfully implemented in three locations by the end of 2012 – Aceh, Kalimantan and Papua – and an extensive campaign was launched to attract the best and brightest from the four pillars of democracy: bureaucracy, business, civil society and political parties. Efforts are also being made to attract more women into the schools. Currently women form 38 percent of the 618 participants in the three schools.