Campaign: Human Rights and Transitional Justice

Innovating advocacy for truth and justice in Aceh

Transitional justice processes in Aceh are deadlocked, despite strong demands from victims. Elva and ACSTF will appeal to citizens within an innovative advocacy campaign, breaking the silence with a citizen’s appeal needed for tangible progress.

Submitted by (@markvanembdenandres)

Which sub-theme question will you be answering and how? Refer to manual for the sub-theme questions :

Elva and the Acehnese Civil Society Task Force (ACSTF) will set up an innovative advocacy platform designed to give victims of past violence and human rights violations a greater voice to lobby for concrete actions on transitional justice. Truth, justice and reconciliation will be promoted through high-quality citizen polling and a series of video testimonials. Recognizing their growing role in (future) policy making processes, the project will have a particular emphasis on engaging youth.

Describe the problem that your idea/project wants to address. :

Originally foreseen Truth and Reconciliation Committees (TRC) have never materialized, despite strong demands by civil society, particularly victims and their families. This is partly due to prevailing societal taboos and misinformation within societal and political discourse. Previous campaigns by civil society focused on traditional forms of engagement of local policy makers, but have fallen short of galvanizing the broad societal support needed to enable concrete policy changes.

How does your idea/project engage local, regional or national governments as a means of increasing citizen engagement and/or government responsiveness? :

ACSTF works with a coalition of key CSOs, incl. Kontras, Human Rights NGO Coalition, ALA, Flower, RPUK and Paska. These already have excellent working relationships with victim communities. Government will also be involved at the local legislative and judicial level. As transitional justice is a pressing issue throughout Indonesia, the campaign will serve as an example to other communities. Hence, national government, in particular parliament, will also be engaged.

How does your idea/concept engage with gender equality and/or the rights of disadvantaged groups? :

This approach is aimed to engage every citizen, especially victims during conflicts in Aceh. Victims are very often women and disadvantaged groups of people. In traditional activities by ACSTF and its partners, women and disadvantaged groups already play a thoroughly important role. As such, they will continue to do so during this project.

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Campaign: Devolution

Collaborative Transparency in Waste Management

Bebas Sampah ID is an ICT based platform which encourage targeted and collaborative transparency that lead to a better accountability in waste management, and enable citizen to play a more proactive role (http://www.bebassampah.id/index.php)

Submitted by (@bebassampahid)

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Sub-theme question: How can local authorities utilize innovative technology and approaches to deliver more efficient services to citizens?

 

The proposed project will utilize innovative technology in the form of map and mobile application called BebasSampah.id (BSID), which make the performance of waste-service visible to various stakeholders as well as the online platform for collaborative transparency between local government and citizen.

Describe the problem that your idea/project wants to address. :

Many big cities in Indonesia are suffering from severe problem caused by disorderly Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) handling. In addition to the low capacity of local government in providing necessary infrastructure needed, the service also suffer by weak accountability stem from weak transparency as well as weak citizen participation. Citizen lack of access to key information that needed to hold government accountable, or to play more proactive role.

How does your idea/project engage local, regional or national governments as a means of increasing citizen engagement and/or government responsiveness? :

The information collaboratively share through BSID portal/application will enable citizen to closely monitor the local government waste service performance, that in turn will incentivizing government responsiveness. This collaborative transparency also will incentivizing citizen to play a more proactive role and significant contribution especialy in the minimazing waste in the community (zero waste approach).

How does your idea/concept engage with gender equality and/or the rights of disadvantaged groups? :

We use SMS Gateway to enable citizen such as women and disadvantaged groups that don’t have ability to access online technology, to actively participate in this online platform. As women are a main actor in waste-system, we also use community facilitator that take a role as a bridging and use affirmatif action for those groups to encourage their participation.

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Campaign: Devolution

Crowd sourcing to improve electricity reliability

By empowering Indonesian citizens who lack reliable electricity to report data on their electricity supply, and then aggregating that information to be public and transparent, governments and utilities will be compelled to provide better services.

Submitted by (@smartin)

Which sub-theme question will you be answering and how? Refer to manual for the sub-theme questions :

This project harnesses innovative technology to raise awareness among local officials about the need to improve electricity delivery (sub-theme question 1). Local officials in Indonesia do not have accurate data on electricity delivery and citizens only can provide anecdotal evidence. With more complete, transparent and public information, citizens will have the information they need to demand better service and local authorities can better hold electric service providers accountable.

Describe the problem that your idea/project wants to address. :

250 million Indonesians face frequent blackouts. Since the electricity provided is so unreliable, citizens turn to expensive, polluting diesel generators. This type of electricity also harms livelihoods since many citizens operate informal home-based businesses that cannot afford such costly investments. Although electricity supply was decentralized it remains centralized in practice due to a lack of capacity of local authorities to administer energy services and monitor service quality.

How does your idea/project engage local, regional or national governments as a means of increasing citizen engagement and/or government responsiveness? :

Because the electricity data provided by citizens would be publicly available, all stakeholders, including citizens and local authorities would be encouraged to use it. Citizens can use it to demand improved services and increased accountability by electricity service providers. For example, data collected on supply quality can be compared to performance standards set by regulators or supply in different regions can be compared to identify which marginalized communities are most affected.

How does your idea/concept engage with gender equality and/or the rights of disadvantaged groups? :

The project is designed to empower disadvantaged communities that lack electricity. Special outreach will be conducted to engage and empower women’s groups by building their understanding on how improved supply and efficient use of electricity can bring positive benefits to their families. Women will be important voices for raising awareness around the electricity data and advocating for improved electricity supply within their communities.

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