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.

Sandra Hamid,
Country Representative

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The Asia Foundation – Indonesia

Jakarta 12067, Indonesia

Tel: +62 (21)7278-6557

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.

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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.