Consistent with government priorities, we work with innovative leaders to build effective partnerships and advance reforms that strengthen judicial systems, protect human rights, promote equitable economic growth, and promote public participation in civic education, as well as election monitoring. The Foundation’s improvement of environmental governance resulted in the protection of more than 1.3 million hectares of Indonesian forest.
Clean and Clear Mining
The environmental and social impact costs of the coal mining industry in Indonesia are significant. When a regional law established a deadline for the transfer of authority for mining and forestry from district to provincial governments, we seized a window of opportunity to support local partners in their advocacy for a comprehensive review of mining licenses. Mining permits were reviewed against “clean and clear” standards and mining operations were audited for legal adherence. As a result of our collective efforts, over 100 mining permits that did not meet standards for transparency and/or were in violation of environmental laws were revoked.
NEWS FROM INDONESIA
The State of Conflict and Violence in Asia: Five Surprising Takeaways
October 18, 2017
Photo Blog: Building a Children’s Digital Library in Indonesia
September 20, 2017
Mainstreaming Tolerance Values in Islamic Universities
We are working with State Islamic University Network to mainstream values of tolerance in Islamic higher education institutions in Indonesia. Significant progress has been made through the education faculties of Islamic universities in Yogyakarta, Bandung, Jambi, and Malang, which have started including tolerance education as part of their local curriculum. In other Islamic universities in Jakarta, Central Java, South Kalimantan, Sulawesi, and Papua, tolerance education has been introduced via seminars, and the Foundation also trained the deans of Islamic universities in 26 cities across Indonesia, which signed memoranda of understanding with the Foundation’s longstanding partner the National Islamic University of Yogyakarta to include values of tolerance, pluralism, human rights, and gender in the National Education Qualifications Framework.
HIGHLIGHTS ACROSS ASIA
Remembering Surin Pitsuwan: Consummate Diplomat, Accomplished Statesman, and Friend
December 13, 2017
CGTN Highlights Domestic Violence in China Report
December 7, 2017
Urban Governance and Transparency in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Asia Foundation Celebrated as 2017 Library of Congress ‘Program Best Practice Honoree’
November 30, 2017