KAS in Indonesia

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Indonesia and the work of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

With its 240 Million inhabitants the South-East Asian country is not only the fourth most populous nation on earth, it is also the world´s largest Muslim country (About 90 percent of the Indonesians are Muslim). Furthermore with the end of the long-lasting Suharto-era in 1998 Indonesia is considered the third biggest democracy. With the onset of democratization in 1998 not only political but also tremendous economic change occurred. After having suffered badly from the Asian crisis in 1997-1998, the Indonesian economy has since then managed to constantly achieve high annual growth rates of 6 %. Some analysts predict Indonesia will be the 6th biggest economy in 2050. In addition to this success story at home Indonesia is playing a more and more important role regionally and internationally - the county is a member of the G20 as well as the driving political and economic engine in the ASEAN community. Furthermore the archipelago is often considered to be a democratic role model to Muslim countries in Northern Africa and the Middle East. For those reasons the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development included Indonesia in their list of “German Global Development Partners” („globale Entwicklungspartner“), a group that consists of five states (Brazil, India, Mexico, South Africa and Indonesia), which are regarded as being highly important in solving key issues such as global environment and climate protection, peace and security as well as the reduction of extreme poverty. In 2014 there are parliamentary and presidential elections looming and the country will get the chance to decided upon the way forward of how to address some socio-economic and political challenges that the country has come to face in recent years.

In close cooperation with our local partner organizations we are currently focusing on the following three areas:

Political Parties and Parliament

Since 2008, KAS Indonesia has been arranging seminars and trainings for politically active women on topics like political communication, argumentation- and presentation skills and internal democratic party structures. The aim is to strengthen women's capacities and qualifications and enable them to successfully pursue their career in politics. At last a higher share of women in politics leads to an increased representation of female interests in general.

Democracy, Rule of Law and Civil Society

Starting in 2007, KAS Indonesia conducts trainings and seminars for teachers of public as well as religious schools about democracy, tolerance and human rights. The participants learn how to promote democracy, rule of law, human rights as well as peaceful conflict resolution. In doing so they take responsibility for educating the upcoming generation.

Additionally, there are weekly radio shows about political, social and economical issues hosted by famous Wimar Witoelar. The shows pursue the aim of raising the public's awareness for current and future challenges of the country.

Furthermore, KAS offers seminars and trainings to strengthen core qualifications (capacity building) of future civil society leaders. By doing so young talents from NGOs and other non-profit institutions are encouraged to play an eminent role for the democratic and constitutional future of the country.

Social Market Economy

Professors and lecturers from business faculties as well as journalists get to learn the principles of Social Market Economy, the very German economic model. In July 2012 selected participants were invited to a ten-day study trip to Germany. With the Social Market Economy a democratic, sustainable, socially fair and prosperity-oriented system is presented as an alternative to liberal-capitalist or populist-patriarchal system.