Since the reform era "reformasi" until present days, the growth of civil society organisations (CSOs) in Indonesia has been remarkable. According to official data, today more than 330,000 CSOs are registered with the government either as associations, foundations or society organsations. Yet, this number is probably much higher considering that there are a vast number of organisations that are not formally registered.
Overall, Indonesian civil society is highly active and largely able to work freely in a democratic and open environment. Some of the well-established CSOs play a pivotal role as watchdogs and public opinion formers and are able to collaborate with government and parliament and in some instances shape government policy. In this regard, Indonesia and its civil society stand out in the region as a success story. However, changes in the regulatory framework, internal governance and networking remain key challenges to strengthen the collective voice of Civil Society.
The EU and its Member States have been and continue to be a key partner for CSOs in Indonesia. In 2014, the first Roadmap for the engagement with CSOs in Indonesia was agreed.
Find out more about the latest EU Roadmap for Engagement with Civil Society in Indonesia (2019-2020). Click HERE