Community Development for Anti-Corruption Indonesia

As part of its effort to improve local service delivery and empower local communities, The Hague Academy, from 8 to 23 May 2017, welcomed 19 practitioners and officials from Indonesia for a tailor-made training titled, Community Development for Anti-Corruption.

Through a diverse programme of presentations, workshops and field visits, the 12-day course sought to promote local governance best practices and provide insights into improving public participation to combat corruption.

But how do you convince ordinary citizens of their roles and responsibilities in combatting dishonest conduct by those in power? The participants tackled this question head-on during a field visit to RNTC, a media training institute in Hilversum. The workshop on 19 May and led by former journalist and RNTC Trainer, Ginger de Silva challenged participants to rethink their communication and outreach strategies. Participants learned about the essential elements of persuasion and storytelling and participated in a radio-broadcast debate.

This was particularly important for the participants who support and respresent the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). Formed in 2002, KPK serves as Indonesia’s main agency tasked to fight graft. In recent years, the scope of its work has expanded along with the violent threats and attacks against its leaders, investigators and personnel. These terror and intimidation tactics have affected the anti-corruption movement in Indonesia.

Objectives:

  1. Improved knowledge and skills of participants on the theory and practice of anti-corruption and integrity;
  2. Improved knowledge on creating awareness for the prevention of corruption and how to adjust the strategy of KPK to create sustainable collaboration with community leaders and civil society organisations in Indonesia;
  3. BHAP developed with a strategy to disseminate and implement the knowledge gained;
  4. Improved relationship and collaboration between participating Indonesian institutions, civil society organisations, and relevant Dutch stakeholders;
  5. More cooperation as a team between KPK and the associated stakeholders.

Deliverables/Outcomes:

  • 19 participants were trained on Community Development for Anti-Corruption. The participant group was comprised of staff of The Corruption Eradication Commission of Indonesia (KPK) and their local partners from Bandung, Yogyakarta and Bali.

Partners:

  • Utrecht University
  • Van Vollenhoven Institute (University of Leiden)
  • Transparency International NL