In many places around the world, corruption thrives, leading to wasted taxpayer funds and the loss of goods and services. Our alumna Raisa Annisa, a Monitoring Specialist at the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) of Indonesia, works every day to fight corruption, which she believes hampers socio-economic growth in her home country.

Raisa began her professional life as an elementary school teacher in a relatively remote community, where she noticed that poor local oversight led to under-equipped schooling facilities, unequal teachers’ salaries, and negligent road access to the community. This left an impression on Raisa and she decided to pursue a career in public policy, which led her to the KPK, and to her interest in our Integrity and Anti-Corruption course. The course gave her fresh insights on tools and concepts to support her work in corruption prevention. Most importantly, it allowed her to learn from efforts against corruption in different contexts around the world.

“The corruption cases that peer course participants were facing were very diverse, and that really enriched my knowledge.”

 

Her Back Home Action Plan

Now, Raisa will put the knowledge she gained to practice. Her Back Home Action Plan aims to create a mechanism to reduce fraud in Indonesia’s Healthcare and Social Security Fund and to ensure that it is a more reliable support system to its citizens. Around 85% of Indonesia’s population is covered by the National Healthcare Coverage (NHC) system, a percentage that puts Indonesia’s yearly health care-spending deficit of roughly $600 million USD into perspective. Raisa aims to tackle fraud in the healthcare coverage system, lower its spending deficit and make it sustainable.

“If not addressed… fraudulent behaviors can further undermine the fiscal sustainability of the NHC, as well as degrade the quality of its healthcare services.”

To achieve her goals, Raisa will start with an evaluation of the Healthcare and Social Security Fund’s fraud-prevention policy, suggest improvements on its framework and expand public awareness of the system’s fraud issues through engagement with civil society and media.

Integrity and Anti-Corruption in the Long-term

“I am not sure whether 10 years from now, my institution will still exist in Indonesia.”

Raisa is amongst those policymakers who wish to make a change in their countries. Fighting corruption is a granular process, one which might see the KPK eventually dissolve, either through austere budget cuts, or ideally, a lack of need. But she believes -and hopes – that in the near future there will be significant progress in anti-corruption efforts in Indonesia, as the country’s institutions become stronger. Amongst the things she wants Indonesia to leave behind are the prevalent kickbacks to government procurement processes and the frequent cuts to the salaries of teachers and healthcare workers. In the meantime, she will do what she can to chip away at corrupt practices for a better future for the people in Indonesia.

Are you interested in learning more about the drivers of corruption and how you can develop strong integrity and anti-corruption policies and programmes? Make sure to sign up for our Integrity and Anti-Corruption course, which will take place from 27 September to 8 October 2021!