Program Representasi (ProRep)
To strengthen its democracy, Indonesia needed to implement changes to offer effective representation to its citizens.
For democracy to thrive, citizens must have representation, including voting rights and elected officials who represent them. Since 1998, Indonesia has achieved important gains in representation, demonstrated in the growth of political parties, civil society organizations, and the media, and in the strengthening of national and local legislatures. Yet, Indonesia still faces a number of political challenges, including wealthy individuals and elites disproportionately controlling politics. The USAID Program Representasi worked with Indonesian civil society organizations to make them more inclusive and effective in representing citizens. The program also supported public policy research and ensured legislative processes became more effective, transparent, and representative of citizens’ interests.