In 2000, Indonesia joined 188 countries in a commitment to complete eight specific Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) relating to poverty elimination, education, gender equality, child and maternal health, HIV/AIDS, environmental sustainability and the creation of a global partnership for development by 2015.
The Partnership’s programs have been succesful in enhancing civil society awareness of MDGs in 10 provinces, pro-poor policy formulation in various regions, and an increase of 4% in the 2008 health and education budget in DKI Jakarta province.
But only one percent of respondents to a survey conducted in several urban areas around Indonesia were aware of the MDGs. With the clock ticking down to the deadline there is an obvious need to ensure the public holds the government to its commitments.
Through 2008, the Partnership focused on increasing public awareness of the MDGs, improving the ability of CSOs to monitor the government’s efforts, and empowering local stakeholders in ten provinces to lobby for greater accountability.
Media training held in the provinces produced greater news coverage in the local press. Working with Forum Komunikasi Praktisi Media Nasional (FKPMN), the Partnership established the MDG journalism awards, promoting coverage of the MDGs.
Three months of public discussions held with government officials also resulted in increased funding being made available for health and education programs in West Kalimantan, West Sumatra, Jambi, Bali and Central Kalimantan.