The Foundation creates effective partnerships with innovative local government, civil society and private sector leaders. Our efforts advance reforms that improve environmental governance, increase social inclusion, strengthen justice systems, protect human rights, and promote tolerance and equitable economic growth.

Sandra Hamid,
Country Representative

Staff in Indonesia »


The Asia Foundation – Indonesia

Jakarta 12067, Indonesia

Tel: +62 (21)7278-6557

Overcoming widespread corruption and ineffective regulations to protect Indonesia's forests

Indonesia’s forests are among the largest and most biologically diverse in the world: they contain 10-15 percent of the world’s known plants, mammals, and birds. But deforestation destroys two million hectares (roughly two million football fields) per year, devastating local communities and swelling greenhouse gas emissions. Ineffective regulation and widespread corruption in key sectors such as mining, palm oil, logging, and paper have hobbled the nation’s response. The Asia Foundation’s Environmental Governance Program, SETAPAK, funded by the UK Climate Change Unit, supports sustainable forest management tied to local communities. SETAPAK and its partners’ efforts have helped achieve 15 percent of the government’s 2019 target of 12.7 million hectares of community-managed land, protected 3.6 million hectares of forest in North Aceh, and led to the revocation of 501 noncompliant mining permits. This year, we made further progress revitalizing the Tesso Nilo ecosystem, home to some of the largest unbroken stretches of rainforest remaining in Indonesia.

Bridging the Digital Divide

Although Indonesia is emerging as a regional technology hub, economic inequality is growing, especially for urban women. With support from the Estée Lauder Companies, we trained low-income women in digital literacy, a first step toward advanced training, employment, and education opportunities. With local partner the Women’s Resource Center, the pilot instructed 200 low-income women in Jakarta in Internet skills and basic productivity software, including word processing, presentations, and spreadsheets, providing practical skills for better jobs. Many put their new skills immediately to work in their cooperatives and expressed how crucial skills development is to expand opportunities.


2019 Lotus Leadership Awards Gala

Wednesday, April 3, 2019, New York City

Honoring award-winning journalist Christiane Amanpour and social enterprise SafetiPin

2019 Lotus Leadership Awards Gala

Wednesday, April 3, 2019, New York City