Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) is implementing a three-year programme (2016-2019) to support the Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR) with a series of reforms by working with MPs, committee experts, party experts, parliamentary support staff, and civil society organisations.
The DPR was labelled ineffective, unresponsive and corrupt by much of the Indonesian public as a result of various corruption scandals, consistently failing to achieve annual legislation targets and producing non-evidenced based policies. In addition, DPR’s legislative and oversight processes do not yet adhere to international human rights standards, norms and principles.
WFD is sharing knowledge about how to ensure international human rights principles are reflected in domestic law. Through increased engagement between committees, MPs and civil society, better quality evidence will be collected to inform legislation, especially where human rights are concerned. Through a series of trainings, workshops, and study visits for legal drafters, as well as committee experts, party experts and MPs, progress is being made on legislative drafting techniques, especially drafting legislation in line with human rights principles.
Working with the DPR’s Parliamentary Expert Support Agency (BKD) and the Inspectorate General the programme will develop and implement a revised internal audit system. Increased internal monitoring and improved scrutiny of public spending will deter corrupt practices. Training has been provided to auditors under the DPR’s Inspectorate General to show them how to implement new procedures for internal audit and risk management.