Hills Governance Update: Governance Challenges Ahead for Indonesia

The Hills Program on Governance, a program of the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), has released “Governance Challenges Ahead for Indonesia”, an update written by Natalia Soebagjo, Executive Director, Center for the Study of Governance, University of Indonesia. According to CSIS, the update “details the problems of retaining momentum in Indonesia’s anti-corruption efforts. The often powerful and entrenched interests will find many reasons to divert attempts to control and reduce corruption, and they will take every opportunity to do so. Even with government announced anticorruption measures, like Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK)—one of the signature initiatives of President Yudhoyono—the attempts to cripple the Commission have been constant. One minimal requirement to retaining the anticorruption momentum going in a democracy like Indonesia’s is strong popular support and the leadership of civil society groups, like our center and its director and board.”