On October 5, 2009, the Hills program at CSIS in Washington DC hosted the Indonesian Rule of Law forum - a delegation of eminent jurists, officials, and members of civil society on 05 October 2009. In a recognition of the Hills Program's efforts to better governance in Indonesia, the Indonesian delegation included Ariel Suowidjojo, member of the Advisory Board of the Hills Program's Center for the Study of Governance (UI-CSG) at the University of Indonesia, and Dr. Natalia Soebagjo, Execuive Director of UI-CSG. Among others, the Forum was attended by Amb.Cameron Hume, US ambassador to Indonesia, Mr.Richard Thornburgh - former Attorney General and Judge William Webster - former director of FBI and Central Intelligence. The event saw a frank exchange of views and experience-sharing on legal and institutional reform to combat corruption and improve rule of law.

On May 28th 2009, a public talk was held at the Faculty of Law, University of Indonesia on “The Fight against Bureaucratic Corruption” featuring J. Danang Widoyoko, Coordinator of the Working Group of the Indonesian Corruption Watch; Teguh Kurniawan S.Sos. M.Sc. of the Faculty of Social and Political Science, UI; and Hasril Hertanto S.H. of the Faculty of Law UI. The talk was inspired by Susan Rose-Ackerman’s book, “Corruption and Government: Causes, Consequences and Reform” which has been translated into Indonesian.

Publications

In 2012, the Indonesia Center published “Is Corporate Governance Relevant? How Good Corporate Governance Practices Affect Indonesian Organizations” edited by the Center’s chairman, Erry Riyana Hardjapamekas, together with Peter Verhezen, and Pri Notowidigdo. The book provides a conceptual framework, as well as some practical and proven principles, to guide corporate boards and top managerss in improving their governance and thus their overall long-term shareholder value. The book analyzes the pitfalls and important governance issues in Indonesia as a whole, taking into account the perception of relatively high risk that Indonesia has acquired. The book also indicates how (despite the challenges) businesses have reacted to the regulatory framework of governance and the pressures of the international business community and how Indonesian businesses are positioning themselves globally. A number of governance tools for corporations are described in the book, with an emphasis on both formal and informal governance mechanisms. The book was very favorably reviewed in the Australian National University’s August 2013 Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies.

Participating authors include both academicians and practitioners who present case studies on how to improve governance in a competitive Indonesian and/or global business environment. They include Arief Surowidjojo, Noke Kiroyan, and Kemal Stamboel, all members of the Center’s Founding Board of Directors, as well as Natalia Soebagjo, the Center’s Executive Director.

Contact Information
Center for the Study of Governance
University of Indonesia (UI)
Rumah Dinas Rektor UI
Kampus Universitas Indonesia
Depok

Natalia Soebagjo, Executive Director, Center for the Study of Governance, University of Indonesia

Projects

Research on Managing Conflict of Interest for KPK

The University of Indonesia Center for the Study of Governance (UI-CSG) has been appointed by the KPK (Indonesian Anti-Corruption Commission) to take part in a research project on the management of Conflict of Interest funded by the Danish Government’s foreign assistance agency, DANIDA. The output expected is a “Mapping and Review of Indonesian Legal Framework and Practices”, guidelines for Indonesian public officers, and a dissemination strategy.

Research on the delivery of Public Services in Jakarta

The Planning Board of the City of Jakarta has requested UI-CSG to research on the management of public housing for the poor in the city.

Joint Research with Transparency International and Indonesia Corruption Watch

A concept note on the "The Capacity Building of Civil Society and Legal Actors for Monitoring Law Enforcement Agencies in the Education and Health Sectors", jointly submitted by UI-CSG, Transparency International and Indonesia Corruption Watch, was submitted to the European Commission.

Recent Events

Panel on the Governance of Extractive Resources

On August 22, the Indonesia Center, together with the Melbourne Business School and the Indonesian Mining Association, held a panel discussion a report dealing with the use of natural resources in a way that, following the best practices of some countries that strengthened governance (for example through increased transparency and property rights, sovereign wealth funds, and investments in education) has reduced the deleterious effects of “the resource curse,” including high levels of corruption. The panel and audience also discussed the changing economies of resource extraction and foreign direct investment in the resource extraction sector; the relative merits of common law and civil law systems for the legal environment pertaining to resource extraction and investment; and the role of the governing environment if mining is to reduce poverty.

UI-CSG recently met with David M. Luna, Director of Anti-Crime Program Division of the US Department of State for the Asia-Pacific region and discussed how the US could support Indonesia’s anti-corruption efforts and what preparations could be done for the planned Obama visit to Indonesia.

UI-CSG was nominated to participate in the 2nd Indonesian Rule of Law program organized by the SMU Dedman School of Law between October 1-10. The forum hopes to introduce the various areas of governance in the American political and economic system focusing on inter-governmental accountability, respect for the rule of law and financial accountability. Members of UI-CSG invited included the Dr. Natalia Soebagjo, Arief Surowidjojo and Erry Riyana Hardjapamekas.

In August 2009, UI-CSG was invited by the Indonesian Vice President-designate Boediono’s core advisory team to offer input on the policy priorities for President Soesilo Yudhoyono’s second term. UI-CSG was represented by Erry R. Hardjapamekas, Gita Wiryawan, Arief Surowidjojo, and Kemal Stamboel, Prof. Dr. Eko Prasojo (UI), Teten Masduki (TII) and Betti Alisyahbana (private sector). The meetings focused on the importance of and steps needed for effective bureaucratic and civil service reform.

UI-CSG has been invited by TIRI, a UK-based institution established by founders of Transparency International, to participate in one of their principal programs, namely the Public Integrity Education Network (PIEN). The Network aims to raise the skills and knowledge of public institutions to support their development as organizations with high integrity and to provide a basis for universities to play an active role in this development, including through creation of courses for undergraduate and graduate programs. UI-CSG accepted the invitation and will include lecturers from the Faculty of Law, Social and Political Science, and Economics in the network.