Indonesian Democracy Index (IDI)
What We Do
The democracy transition which took place in 1999 has brought about some progressive changes that started with the democratic election in 1999 whereby new political parties took part in the general elections and subsequently paved the way for the presidential election in 2004. The country which has rolled out decentralization governance throughout 33 provinces and over 500 districts and municipalities has now function with the Regional Representative Council and reformed its basic political laws towards a full democracy.
UNDP Indonesia through the Indonesian Democracy Index (IDI) project has been supporting the Government of Indonesia in various aspects of democratic governance development to ensure good governance. The project collaborates mainly with the National Development Planning Agency (BadanPerencanaan Pembangunan Nasional/Bappenas), the Central Statistics Bureau (BadanPusatStatistik/BPS) and the Regional Planning Agency (BadanPerencanaan Pembangunan daerah/Bappeda).
More specifically, IDI provides support to the country’s assessment and monitoring of democratic governance which seeks to measures democratic progress and setbacks within all 33 provinces and provides a policy planning tool for government institutions. A nationally owned system provides
Upward internal rather than external pressure for reform. Proven improvement in a form of greater transparency, it also provides a catalyst for greater citizen engagement in democratic governance processes and for demanding greater government effectiveness. The key achievements of the project include as follows:
- Panel of four prominent Indonesia social scientists devised the index and data collection methodology and instruments
- IDI variables and design are strengthened and refined through regional seminars in western, central and eastern provinces
- Data collection and research in 33 provinces conducted
- Expertise of Bappenas officials is increased through training on governance indicators and international best practices
- Currently, the expert panel is finalizing the analysis of data and findings from research and drafting the index for further public consultation and awareness-raising
- Utilisation of the Index which means that once the IDI is finalized, it should foster national conversation on the subject of democracy. The project has two main functions: 2)Bappenas will use the IDI as its tool for political development planning, which will be included in Indonesia’s Mid-Term Development Plan 2010-2014; 2) The public (represented by CSOs, universities and related stake-holders) will be able to utilize the IDI as tool to understand the democratic development in Indonesia and as a way to benchmark the government’s development planning.
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