January 2015: International Anti- Corruption Day: SIPS Project Participates in KPK Indonesia three-day Anti-Corruption Festival
Since 2003, the United Nations Assembly has designated 9 December as International Anti-Corruption Day to increase the awareness of corruption and its effect on democratic institutions, economic development and governmental stability. To commemorate this day Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission, the Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi (KPK), organized a three-day Anti-Corruption Festival at the University of Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta.
Cowater’s Support to Indonesia’s Islands of Integrity Program for Sulawesi (SIPS) project team was invited to facilitate a presentation titled “Reducing the Opportunities of Corruption through the Improvement of Public Service and Public Service Reform”, featuring the KPK’s Commissioner Mr. Adnan Pandu Praja, the Head of Inspectorate of Sangihe District, the City Secretary of Manado, the Head of Population Administration (PAS) Services for the City of Makassar, and the Head of LPSE/Electronic Procurement Service, Toraja District. SIPS also had a booth to distribute books, leaflets, newsletters, and a series of 10 case studies featuring changes in three public services targeted under the project.
Representatives from 14 ministries, 16 state Institutions, 17 Private Sector Companies, 20 Local Governments, and 19 NGO’s were in attendance including the Ministry of Finance, Attorney General, Judicial Commission, Witness and Victim Protection Agency, National Audit Board, and the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, to name a few.
Cowater is implementing this 5-year DFATD-funded project designed to implement transparent and accountable service delivery practices in partnership with 10 sub-national governments in Sulawesi. In doing so, the project is stimulating economic development by reducing regulatory, licensing & procurement bottle-necks as well as excessive business start-up costs, and it is promoting good governance through increased citizen oversight of more transparent and predictable service delivery practices. Three areas in particular have been targeted by SIPS in this regard in close partnership with Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission and participating sub-national governments: improving the issuance of licenses & permits streamlining the delivery of population administrative services (e.g. identification cards), and implementing a centralized e-procurement system. The project is also providing assistance to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to help strengthen the role it plays in corruption prevention encouraging sub-national governments to adopt transparent and corruption-free service delivery practices.
9 of the 10 sub national government partners of SIPS participated in the event and set up their booths for the three days exhibition:
- Province Sulawesi Selatan
- Kota Makassar
- Kabupaten Enrekang
- Kabupaten Pinrang
- Kabupaten Toraja
- Province Sulawesi Utara
- Kota Manado
- Kabupaten Minahasa
- Kabupaten Kepulauan Sangihe