CDI’s Indonesian Alumni gather in Jakarta | 24 March 2011
||^ Guests at the CDI alumni reception in Jakarta
CDI has been working in Indonesia since 1998 and since that time several hundred people have attended our courses, workshops and other activities, both in Australia and Indonesia. Many other people have helped us in lots of different practical ways, such as setting up meetings with key individuals and office-holders in the parliament and political parties. While we try to keep in touch with our alumni through the CDI website and email, we also think it is important to catch up with people in person from time to time. A key objective of CDI courses is to build and maintain connections amongst participants who might not otherwise meet each other in their ordinary work.
Taking the opportunity of a visit to Indonesia, CDI Director Dr Stephen Sherlock hosted a reception for CDI’s Indonesian alumni in Jakarta on 24 March 2011. Around 25 CDI alumni and associates braved Jakarta’s late afternoon traffic to gather together and renew contacts and friendships. They included a number of MPs, staff from the parliament, activists from political parties and representatives of a range of other organisations. Special thanks go to the support of the National Democratic Institute (NDI) in Jakarta, who provided their meeting rooms for the reception.
Following the success of this first venture into alumni network-building in Indonesia, CDI will continue to hold similar functions in the future. We are also working to develop new ways to maintain and strengthen the relationships amongst our alumni in all the countries where CDI is active.