The Partnership has again been honoured by the Dutch and Danish governments to manage a total fund of 16.6 million US dollars for the implementation of programs designed to develop and promote accountable democracy.
The contract with the Dutch government was signed on 1 December 2009. The 16 million US dollar contribution will be used to implement activities covered in the umbrella program ‘LEAD’, or Leveraging and Educating Accountable Democracy in Indonesia, running until 2014. This program aims to create a working democratic political system, an integrity system, the fulfilment of people’s rights, as well as good governance and integrated decentralization.
The Danish government’s contribution of DKK 3,000,.000, or around 600,000 US dollars to create theTrust Fund for the LEAD Program shows not only their commitment to promoting good governance in Indonesia, but also their trust in the capacity and capability of Partnership.
The Memorandum of Understanding for the implementation of this program was signed by the Partnership, Bappenas, the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Government Procurement Policy Institution (LKPP), Papua Provincial Government, Indonesian Community for Democracy (KID), and the Association for Community Empowerment (ACE).
“The LEAD Program is specifically designed to respond to challenges in developing democratic, decentralized governance and accountable and just development,” said Agung Djojosoekarto, designer of the program.
“Indonesian procedural democracy has yet to produce a qualified and corruption free political leadership, or a pro-poor affordable public service system,” he added. The LEAD program is based on a point of view that democracy can only be realized when justice and people’s rights are fulfilled.