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As the world’s third largest democracy, Indonesia is an important regional and global player and its location among key international maritime straits make it a linchpin of regional security. Having the world’s second greatest biodiversity and third highest greenhouse gas emissions, Indonesia’s economy is growing and positioned to enter the 10 largest global economies in the coming decades. As a middle-income country, Indonesia has increasing clout on the world stage on issues of global importance. However, the poorest and most vulnerable have yet to realize the positive benefits of democratization and economic growth, with almost half the population still living on less than $2 per day.
Through targeted investments, USAID partners with Indonesia to strengthen a just and accountable democracy that is politically and socially stable. We help Indonesia meet the needs of its most vulnerable through expansion of education, health services, and water and sanitation programs. By elevating Indonesia’s ability to provide essential services to its citizens, USAID supports the nation’s path to becoming a higher middle-income country. USAID tackles global challenges that have dire consequences for Indonesians and Americans alike, such as global climate change and the spread of infectious diseases. We address these global and domestic challenges by harnessing the power of science, technology and innovation; American and Indonesian scientists, researchers and private companies are working together on innovative development solutions.
- USAID leveraged $94 million in private sector financing to generate alternative, renewable energy — equivalent to taking 92,000 cars off the road.
- All 352 district courts are now part of an automated Court Tracking System, allowing improved public access to court data and increasing transparency in the judicial system.
- USAID continues to develop a cadre of skilled leaders and innovators through 232 scholarships for Masters and PhD programs in the United States.
GOVERNING JUSTLY AND DEMOCRATICALLY
Indonesia’s vibrant democracy is now more than a decade old. USAID collaborates with the Government of Indonesia on its efforts to combat corruption, promote accountability and protect citizen rights. More than a decade after rapid decentralization of government to local authorities, USAID strengthens local governments’ capacity to provide basic public services to citizens and supports the efforts of civil society organizations and citizen groups in promoting accountability at all levels. Sustaining and deepening Indonesia’s justice sector reforms is an important area of collaboration between USAID and the Government of Indonesia.
SUPPORTING THE POOREST AND MOST VULNERABLE
A significant portion of the population — the poorest and most vulnerable — may be left behind in Indonesia’s prosperity if their basic needs are not addressed. USAID supports the Government of Indonesia and local governments in their efforts to make long-term improvements to the well-being of the poor. USAID helps improve the quality of the education system and health care as well as reduce barriers to accessing basic services, such as safe water and sanitation. In addition to supporting the Indonesian government and local governments in their efforts to end preventable deaths of mothers and newborns, USAID works with non-governmental organizations and the private sector to deliver better basic services and provides support for primary and vocational education programs.
ADDRESSING GLOBAL CHALLENGES
Issues with global implications that know no borders, such as infectious diseases, conservation of natural resources and the negative consequences of climate change, are priorities in Indonesia. The United States serves as a long-term partner in this endeavor, drawing from shared values and interests. USAID works closely with Indonesians to control the impact and spread of infectious diseases and strengthen resilience to disasters and climate change. We stem biodiversity loss, protect marine environments and promote low-emission development. USAID also supports Indonesia’s efforts to share development programming experience with other countries in the region and elsewhere.
PROMOTING DEVELOPMENT THROUGH SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION
USAID partners with the Indonesian government to improve the quality of scientific research, education and evidence-based decision making at all levels, utilizing new and innovative approaches to achieve Indonesia’s development goals. This includes scholarship opportunities and joint research between Indonesian and American scientists and researchers to confront global challenges in the fields of health, marine conservation, biodiversity and climate change. USAID also facilitates partnerships between the Indonesian government and private sector to adopt advanced technologies for development.
Last updated: February 13, 2015