Preventing Corruption and Strengthening Accountability

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In Indonesia, rampant corruption and a lack of transparency hinder development and diminish public confidence in government. The United States supports Indonesia to deepen reform efforts, foster transparent governance that is responsive to citizens’ needs, and help a culture of accountability flourish.

Despite progress in addressing corruption and broad public support for anti-corruption efforts, Indonesia still faces significant challenges. Transparency International ranks Indonesia 96th out of 180 countries in public sector corruption. As a founding member of the Open Government Partnership, Indonesia has identified openness as the key to unlocking its own potential for public service improvement and economic growth.


USAID Cegah, meaning ‘prevent’ in Indonesian, partners with a wide range of government accountability institutions to prevent corruption and strengthen rule of law systems and advance cooperation between the government universities, civil society organizations (CSOs), and think tanks devising anti-corruption strategies and advocacy. USAID Cegah also supports the Government of Indonesia and relevant CSOs to expose and address the linkages between corruption and violent extremism.

Working primarily at the national level, USAID Cegah works across executive branch agencies to define common anti-corruption standards, policies, and practices. The program also supports the Supreme Court’s efforts to improve the prosecution and adjudication of corruption cases. Bolstering these reforms, USAID Cegah works with the media to increase public awareness of corruption and intensify demand for greater accountability while engaging universities and think tanks to advocate for corruption prevention using the latest data and research. USAID Cegah continues USAID’s decade-long partnership with Indonesia’s Anti-Corruption Commission, the KPK, assisting them in developing corruption prevention training for state-owned enterprises, a source of significant integrity risk.


  • USAID Cegah has helped Indonesia’s national integrated citizen complaint management system, called LAPOR, integrate 728 government ministries, agencies, local governments, and service units at national and local levels. Additionally, the program has developed the capacity of nearly 3,000 LAPOR operators at all levels of governments. 
  • USAID Cegah has contributed to the development of training curriculum for the judges of the anti-corruption court and supported CSO efforts to create an Indonesian Anti-Corruption Academy, an online learning platform designed to educate youth and other community members on corruption prevention.
  • With Indonesia’s the Financial Intelligence Unit and the Financial Service Authority, USAID Cegah supported the development of training tools for bank officials to strengthen anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism financing efforts throughout the country.
  • Furthermore, USAID Cegah trained internal oversight officers of state hospitals on conducting Corruption Vulnerability Assessments, supported the development of fair and transparent promotion systems for the Civil Service Commission, trained hundreds of KPK officials on various anti-corruption techniques, and supported the Ministry of Law and Human Rights in developing Integrity Zones, or corruption-free-zones, within its bureaucracy.


Anders Mantius, USAID at
Gerard Mosquera, MSI at 

Last updated: August 20, 2021

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