Open Government Indonesia Discussion on the Water and Sanitation Issues

Jakarta, 26 February 2019 -- The discussion was organized by GWP-SEA partner the Center for Regulation Policy and Governance (CRPG), and Jejaring AMPL (Indonesia’s Water and Sanitation Networks) who also successfully develop a Multi-stakeholder Position Paper on the coming water Resources Law in Indonesia. The Open Government Indonesia (OGI) is part of the global initiative, the Open Government Partnership. The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a multilateral initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from national and subnational governments to promote open government, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.

Open Government Partnership (OGP) brings together government reformers and civil society leaders to create action plans that make governments more inclusive, responsive and accountable. In the spirit of multi-stakeholder collaboration, OGP is overseen by a Steering Committee including representatives of governments and civil society organizations.

Formally launched on September 20, 2011 on the sidelines of a UN General Assembly meeting during which Heads of State from 8 founding governments (Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Norway, Philippines, South Africa, United Kingdom, and the United States) endorsed the Open Government Declaration and announced their country action plans along with an equal number of civil society leaders. As the founding member as well as the Co-Chaired in 2012 the Open Government Indonesia, have completed the “Indonesia Action Plan 2018-2020”. Among the issues that discussed and highlighted are on the topic of Water and Sanitation Hygiene.

The Open Government Indonesia (OGI) Discussion on the Water and Sanitation Issues was held on February 26, 2019 in Jakarta and opened by Jejaring AMPL (Indonesia Water and Sanitation Hygiene Networks) chairperson. The objective of this discussion was to introduce the platform as well as to get input for the next three years work plan. Among other participants were the representatives from Civil Society, Government, NGOs, and Indonesia Water Partnership. The discussion started with presentation from the OGI secretariat then followed by group discussions.

The Global Water Partnership Southeast Asia Regional Coordinator, Mr. Fany Wedahuditama led a group discussion on the topic of “water resources”. The main issue conferred were: 1) Not all stakeholders’ interest was accommodated on the planning regime; 2) the inclusivity on the planning processes. These two issues indicate the importance of innovation during the planning processes that will accommodate all the inputs from respective stakeholders. AW