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CDI & The Institute for Peace & Democracy

Prime Minister's Media Release | Australian Support for Regional Democracy | 10 Dec 2008
The Hon Stephen Smith MP | Joint Press Conference with the Indonesian Foreign Minister | 7 Feb 2008
"Big task to tackle at Bali forum", Ben Reilly writes in the Canberra Times | 11 Dec 2008
For an alternative view, see "Asian Democracy Still a Step Too Far" | Canberra Times | 11 Dec 2008
RI Spearheads Asian Forum for Sharing Democratic Gains | The Jakarta Post | 14 Nov 2008

In December 2008 the Australian Prime Minister announced a range of assistance from CDI and the Australian government to the Bali Democracy Forum and the Institute for Peace and Democracy in Indonesia. The Forum and the new Institute at the University of Udayana in Bali are aimed at fostering democracy in the Asia Pacific.

It is intended that the Forum will be open to all countries from across the region and will meet regularly at a ministerial level. It will be supported by the new Institute which will organise workshops and research on democratic processes, such as electoral systems, the role of civil society and the media, the judiciary and the role of the military.

The Prime Minister noted that "It is in Australia’s own national interests to support an initiative aimed at strengthening democratic processes and good governance in the Asia Pacific. It is fitting that this initiative has been launched by President Yudhoyono, in Indonesia, which has undergone a remarkable transformation in recent years to become the world’s third largest democracy."

The Prime Minister announced that Australian assistance to the Bali Democracy Forum will provide support for a partnership between the Institute and CDI; as well as start-up financing and “democracy scholarships".

Click on these links for more detail about CDI's work with IPD:

Asia Pacific | CDI-IPD-NDI | Asian Political Leadership Program Phase II | 17-21 September 2012 | Bali
IPD Workshop | Indonesia-Egypt Dialogue on Democratic Transition Continues | Jakarta | 11-12 April 2012
Asia Pacific | CDI-IPD-NDI | Asian Political Leadership Program | 27 March - 3 April 2012 | Bali
CDI-IPD | CDI Sponsors IPD Organisational Development Adviser | Bali | 2011-12
Asia | CDI & the Bali Democracy Forum














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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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