Indonesia

Indonesia

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.

2016: year of first WFD programme
Context

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.

Protecting human rights

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.

Improving internal audit systems

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.

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Country Data

Population:

Population:

267,66
Million (2018)
GDP:

GDP:

$1.042
Trillion (USD)
GNI per capita:

GNI per capita:

$3,840
(USD)
Media freedom:

Media freedom:

65/100
(Partly Free)
Democracy index:

Democracy index:

65/100
(partly free)

Results

Direct beneficiaries: 55 Legal drafters, 15 Public Accounts Annalists, 18 legal Analysts, 5 researchers, 20 Auditors, 22 MPs, 30 Secretariat Staff, 20 CSO activists, 45 Committee and Party experts.
5 standard operating procedures, 2 Manuals, 1 Organisation Blue Print produced.

Implementation

Programme title
Programme Underway
Planned end: March 2021
Improving the House of Representatives’ legislative, budget and oversight function
Completed
Planned end: March 2018
Promoting human rights through legislative practice
Completed
Planned end: March 2018

News

Following the law: Combatting discrimination and human rights violations through post-legislative scrutiny

WFD’s Senior Governance Advisor, Franklin de Vrieze, explains the importance of assessing the implementation, impact and unintended effects of legislation for the protection and promotion of human rights in Indonesia. “Public expectations of parliaments’ legislative success have evolved substantially, from getting laws on the statute book to ensuring that laws are brought into effect and […]