Open Government: Promoting Responsive Institutions and Active CitizensApr 13, 2016
Jakarta, April 11, 2016 – On Monday 11 April, UNDP Country Office in Indonesia hosted a Roundtable discussion on Open Government (OG). Officials from the Office of the President, Ministries, Government agencies, civil society organizations and academic institutions. The Roundtable was part of UNDP Indonesia’s policy dialogue series.
Open Government has become a global trend for the modernization of the public sector and Indonesia is actively part of this trend. It is one of eight countries that founded the Open Government Partnership in 2011, which now includes 69 countries. Indonesia is also actively pursuing OG initiatives at national and city level. Deputy Chief of Staff for Analysis and Oversight of Priority Programmes at the Executive Office of the President, Yanuar Nugroho said that only by adopting open and transparent practices, government at all levels can get public trust. There are however challenges to be overcome as the Head of National Secretariat of Open Government Indonesia (OGI), Ms. Fithya Findie noted, in particular inefficient bureaucracy and lack of ownership from citizens.
The Roundtable also featured a presentation by the city of Jakarta. The Jakarta government is one of the local governments in Indonesia, which have invested in the improvement of public service management and practices transparency, with Jakarta Smart City and Qlue online applications for citizens.
UNDP Country Director Christophe Bahuet underlined the benefits that both the public administration and citizens are gaining from the Open Government initiatives developed in Indonesia generate for citizens. “UNDP Indonesia will continue to facilitate this dialogue on Open Government and work with national and local actors to further advance Open Government in Indonesia.” said Mr. Bahuet in closing the Roundtable.