Jakarta, GATRAnews – As many as 41 civil society organizations that are members of the Indonesian Civil Society Organization for Open Government Partnership (CSO-OGP) assessed that the commitment of the Joko Widodo-Jusuf Kalla (Jokowi-JK) government to the Open Government Partnership (OGP) during the year tended to degenerate.

Ilham Saenong, from Transparency International Indonesia (TII), in the CSO OGP Indonesia discussion in Cikini, Central Jakarta, Wednesday (21/10), said that even though Indonesia is one of the initiators of the OGP initiative, the government has not yet established a clear policy to operate it. in concrete terms the OGP initiative.

Ilham explained OGP is a multi-stakeholder initiative that focuses on improving a transparent, accountable and responsive government in serving the public. However, after the dissolution of the Presidential Work Unit for Development Supervision and Court (UKP4) in 2014, no institution has yet replaced its position as the leading agency for the OGP initiative.

“As a result, transparency and openness programs are not well coordinated. In fact, in certain cases, the steps taken by the government tend to be contrary to the principle of openness, which ultimately slows down efforts to eradicate corruption,” said Ilham.

Mujtaba Hamdi from the Inter-Community Media Association (MediaLink) added that commitment to open government is not enough just with the Nawacita document and the National Medium-Term Development Plan (RPJM).

“Even though Nawacita mentions a commitment to ‘clean, effective, democratic and reliable governance’, it will only be an empty slogan if the commitment to OGP is unclear,” he said.

To this day, continued Mujtaba, there has not been a word from President Jokowi or Vice President JK regarding Indonesia’s position towards OGP, even though the 2015-2019 RPJM clearly states the mainstreaming of ‘open government’ in their administration.

“However, it will only be a dead document if it does not appear in the form of real government policies and practices,” said Mujtaba.

The 41 members of CSO-OGP Indonesia, are AJI Padang, Akar Foundation, Epistema, Fitra NTB, Fitra Riau, Fitra North Sumatra, Forest Watch Indonesia, Formasi Kebumen, Gemawan, Gerak Aceh, IBC, ICEL, ICW, Idea Yogyakarta, and Ilab.

Furthermore, Infest Yogyakarta, INFID, Tifa Damai Maluku Institute, IPC, Jari Sulset, KH2 Institute, Kiara, Kopel Makassar, Laskar Batang, Leip, LESP, Mappi FHUI, Mata Aceh, MediaLink, Pattiro, Piar NTT, PWYP Indonesia, Seknas Fitra , Sloka Institute, Somasi, Swara Parangpuan North Sulawesi, TII, Yappika, Yasmib Sulawesi, Tifa Foundation, and YPSHK.


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