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Strengthening Leadership in the Indonesian Legislature -
Scoping visit to Indonesian DPD by Hon Kevin Rozzoli & Dr Stephen Sherlock

  ^^ Hon. Kevin Rozzoli meeting with the DPD's expert staff to discuss their role and key challenges in assisting Members of Parliament.
  ^ Kevin Rozzoli and Stephen Sherlock meeting with a DPD Committee.
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CDI programs are increasingly concentrating on providing advice and support to emerging leaders within political institutions and parties in our partner countries.  Our approach is not only to assist individuals in formal positions of leadership, but to encourage the wider spectrum of people who are taking on the key strategic thinking and planning roles within their organisations. This requires a long term commitment to interchange of ideas, mentoring and knowledge transfer.

As part of this approach, CDI is developing a relationship with leading figures in the committees of the Indonesian Regional Representatives Council (DPD). The committee structure is the principal working mechanism within the DPD and it is here that existing and emerging leaders within the institution, both elected members and their advisory staff, will be able to play their most effective role.

In early February 2011, the former Speaker of the NSW Legislative Assembly, Hon Kevin Rozzoli, accompanied by CDI Director, Dr Stephen Sherlock, conducted a scoping study of the committees of the DPD in order to identify ways to contribute to their role in carrying out the DPD’s constitutional and political functions. During 4 days of meetings, Mr Rozzoli and Dr Sherlock held intensive discussions with leading office-holders of the DPD, including the Deputy Speakers, the chairs of several committees, a range of committees and senior staff of the Secretariat. They also conferred with representatives of several Indonesian and international organisations with views on the developmental needs of the DPD, either from the perspective of observers and commentators or as providers of assistance.

Mr Rozzoli has produced a report on the scoping study for CDI, which will form the basis of plans to develop a series of activities in the DPD over the coming months and years. In order to build on CDI’s continuing efforts to deliver programs in-country rather than in Australia, these activities will all take place in Indonesia, both in Jakarta and regional centres.

During the preceding week, Dr Sherlock met with the Australian Ambassador to Indonesia, Mr Greg Moriarty, to discuss plans for upcoming CDI events. He also maintained the close consultations with AusAID and DFAT staff in the Embassy in Jakarta which have been established as an important mechanism for the two-way flow of information and ideas between CDI and Australian diplomatic posts. In addition, Dr Sherlock met leading officials from the Indonesian Audit Agency (BPK) in relation to CDI’s activities in support of the financial oversight functions of the Indonesian Parliament (DPR). He also conferred with a number of other Indonesian and international organisations which are connected with parliamentary and political party affairs in Jakarta.


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The Centre for Democratic Institutions (CDI) supports the efforts of democracies in the Asia-Pacific region to strengthen their political systems. It provides training, technical assistance and peer support for parliamentarians, political party organisers and emerging leaders in Southeast Asia and the South Pacific, with a particular focus on Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji. CDI sponsors research and publications on political change and democratic governance.

Established in 1998, CDI is funded by the Australian Government. The Centre is based in the College of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra.

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