Since 1998, over the last four national election cycles, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) has provided support to Indonesia’s civil society, electoral institutions, and other key stakeholders, across the whole range of electoral disciplines to include legal drafting, election system design, results mechanisms, seat allocation, electoral dispute resolution, voter registration, and voter education and public information.

Among the outcomes of IFES’ activities in Indonesia to date:

  • One of IFES’ most important achievements has been its profound commitment to Indonesian experts and their institutions. IFES has helped build wide expertise within an open national electoral community, facilitating unprecedented levels of collaboration between election management bodies, civil society and academia.
  • The impact of this long-term project on collaboration and capacity building within the electoral sector was on full display in the 2014 election cycle. With one of the largest single-day elections in the world, the 2014 national elections illustrated significant strides in the transparency and effectiveness of the electoral process in Indonesia.
  • In 2011, IFES and three prominent Indonesian NGOs established the General Election Network for Disability Access (AGENDA). Partnering with regional disabled persons’ organizations, AGENDA has been working on improving access to political and electoral opportunities for persons with disabilities in Southeast Asia.

For the 2019 election cycle and hundreds of local elections until then, IFES continues to work with civil society and academia to support electoral legal reform, improvement of election operations, inclusion of women, youth, and persons with disabilities in the electoral process, and maintenance of a comprehensive Indonesian election information portal (