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GOVERNANCE

Strengthening capacity and building an enabling environment

The EU and Indonesia see democracy, human rights and gender equality as universal values that should be promoted and protected to ensure that all citizens can participate and be heard. The EU shares with Indonesia a deep understanding that good governance and civil society engagement are critical to alleviating poverty, preventing and resolving conflict, and attaining the SDGs.

The EU and Indonesia see democracy, human rights and gender equality as universal values that should be promoted and protected to ensure that all citizens can participate and be heard. The EU shares with Indonesia a deep understanding that good governance and civil society engagement are critical to alleviating poverty, preventing and resolving conflict, and attaining the SDGs.

Since 2014, the EU Roadmap for Civil Society Engagement has served as the EU’s guide to strengthen Indonesian civil society organisations (CSOs), which are central in enhancing the voice of local communities and ensuring good governance, the rule of law, economic empowerment, and the protection of human rights. EU programmes focus on strategic areas such as civil society engagement, strengthening public finance management, and gender equality. They for instance help foster public trust and ensure that taxpayers’ money is spent fairly and transparently. They support public institutions in delivering better services to the entire population, including vulnerable groups, by fostering CSOs’ participation in decision-making processes in areas such as agriculture, education, the environment and good governance.

The EU supports a number of initiatives under the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) which promote human rights, democracy and conflict prevention by working with CSOs active in these areas. In Indonesia, projects range from promoting freedom of religion and belief and ensuring non-discrimination based on disability and sexual orientation, to increasing human rights accountability and helping prevent torture.

The EU and Indonesia share the belief that gender equality should be at the heart of society, and that female empowerment enhances social justice, sustainable development and peace. In particular, the impact of women’s participation in the economy is critical in ensuring sustainable development and economic growth. The EU-Indonesia partnership therefore prioritises gender as a crosscutting issue and related initiatives address female economic and political empowerment and ending violence against women and girls, particularly women migrants working in the ASEAN region.

Transforming public finance

Public Finance Management Multi-Donors Trust Fund Phase II (PFM MDTF)

To support the Indonesian government’s efforts in public finance reform, which have been ongoing since 2007, the EU has over the past six years contributed €10 million towards the €20 million PFM Multi-Donor Trust Fund, which is managed by the World Bank. Aimed at improving government revenue administration, transparency and the accountability of government financial systems, the initiative aims to contribute to the socio-economic development of Indonesia through improved collection, allocation, usage and control of public resources.

In 2019, the Public Financial Management Multi-Donor Trust Fund continued to support the Indonesian government in implementing critical reforms in tax administration, budget planning and execution, sub-national finance management, public procurement, internal audit, and the digital transformation of the Ministry of Finance.

The programme will continue to support the Ministry of Finance to deliver its vision of digital transformation, connecting all 24,000 spending units in the country, helping subnational governments to enhance their revenue streams and financial management information systems, and improving tax compliance, audit and investigation processes as specified in the Forensic Laboratory blueprint.

Successes include:

increased filing of individual and corporate income tax returns

application to access real-time expenditure information accessed by over 100,000 employees

web-based budget preparation module delivered to around 24,000 spending units at line ministries across Indonesia

implementation of strategic initiatives in the Bureaucratic Reforms and Institutional Transformation blueprint

development of a Digital Transformation Vision and Enterprise Architecture blueprint for the Ministry of Finance.

PFM also supports Indonesia’s coronavirus response by providing advice on expenditure management to the Indonesian government.

Lifting Judicial Standards

The Support for Justice Sector Reform in Indonesia (SUSTAIN) programme successfully concluded in July 2019, improved the quality of justice services delivered to the Indonesian people, and set the foundations for further reforms. Implemented by UNDP, the project worked to strengthen the rule of law through enhanced transparency, integrity and accountability of the judiciary.

Together We End Violence against Women and Girls

In November 2019, in commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and to mark the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence in Indonesia, the EU and UN Women organised a talk show and exhibition titled ‘Together We End Violence against Women and Girls’. The event highlighted women’s rights to live free from violence and discussed how everyone can contribute to making a world that is equal and violence free. In conjunction with the public discussion, the EU Ambassador and the Ambassadors of EU Member States took part in the HeForShe pledge, to reaffirm their commitment and to raise awareness on engaging men and boys to end all forms of violence against women and girls.