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August 2017

Heading Off Corruption: Indonesia Acts to Meet UN Standards

In 2010, Indonesian planning agency official Diani Sadiawati sought to bring the country in line with its obligations under the United Nations Convention against Corruption by focusing on prevention. With the help of the president's delivery unit, Sadiawati and her colleagues began to coordinate actions among government agencies, overcome resistance to reform, and develop a system for tracking progress and monitoring impact. By 2014, agencies had achieved 88% of their targets, although civil society observers believed further work was required to address the underlying issues. In 2017, new president Joko Widono introduced several changes as the program moved into its next phase.

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Soybean plantation in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. By Tiago Fioreze (Own work) 
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Taking a Step Toward Supply Chain Sustainability: Brazil's Round Table on Responsible Soy

As deforestation accelerated in Brazil's Amazon rainforest in the early 2000s, a Greenpeace report placed the blame partly on the soy industry. In response, industry representatives joined with non-governmental organizations, financial institutions, supermarkets, and others to form the Roundtable on Responsible Soy to implement a certification system. The aim was to help buyers know whether farmers had produced harvests sustainably, and to improve practices on farms. Although the partners published a standard and some major growers earned certification, low demand for certified soy and the high cost of compliance slowed progress, especially among smaller producers. This case illuminates some of the challenges faced in drawing smallholders into supply chain certification systems. 


ISS Events

Earlier this month, guests from several countries joined UN officials, advisers from the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, and Innovations for Successful Societies to talk about improving the performance of cabinet offices in very difficult settings. This event was part of an informal collaboration to share experience and develop new ways to address some of the challenging issues governments face in focusing on priorities, implementing policies, coordinating across ministries, and communicating effectively. To learn more about what was shared at this event and read related cases, click here.

Functioning Centers of Government in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Settings: What Works? convening at ISS in early August. Photo courtesy of Juan Daniel Acuña. 




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ISS Monthly Newsletter Archive

July 2017: Tanzania and Australia Land

June 2017: Reforming Procurement Systems in South Africa

May 2017: Tunisia Open Government

April 2017: Liberia Ebola Response

March 2017: Land Administration

February 2017: Brazil Anti Corruption

January 2017: Property Rights & Land Administration

December 2016: Reconciling the Impossible: South Africa's Government of Unity

November 2016: The Ongoing Drive for Sustainable Cattle Ranching in Brazil

October 2016: Managing Tense Elections

September 2016: Indonesia's 2014 Presidential Transition

August 2016: Reforming Brazil's Military

July 2016: Graduates to Government: The President's Young Professionals Program In Liberia

June 2016: Delivering on Presidential Goals in the Dominican Republic

May 2016: Pockets of Effectiveness in Senegal and Indonesia

April 2016: Evaluation in Benin & Croatia Defense Reform

March 2016: Powersharing in Tunisia and Kenya

February 2016: Morocco Water, Tunisia Microfinance

January 2016: Mexico Veracruz and Ghana Presidential Transition

December 2015: Peru and Kenya Judiciaries

November 2015: Protecting Forests, Mitigating Climate Change

October 2015: Open Government Partnership

September 2015: Mexico's Presidential Transition

August 2015 Indonesia Military

July 2015: Kenya 2030 Strategy

June 2015: Calderon's Prexidency in Mexico, Anti Corruption in Luthuania

 May 2015: Bihar India Modernizing Systems to Improve Service Delivery

 April 2015: Two New Case Studies on the Philippines

 March 2015: Monitoring Kosovo's Courts 

 February 2015: Pakistan's Citizen Feedback Monitoring Program

 January 2015: ISS Announces a New Online Course

 January 2015: Reducing Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon 

December 2014: Lagos State and Vietnam: Promoting Reform at the Local Level 

November 2014: Political Transitions in Chile

October 2014: Tunisian Elections

 September 2014: Strategy Development in Serbia and Estonia

 August 2014: Strategy Development in Malayasia

 July 2014: Effective Reforms in Brazil

June 2014: Public Sector Innovation in Mexico

May 2014: Short-Route Accountability in Afghanistan

April 2014: Elections in India

March 2014: Transforming Citizen Services

February 2014: Short-Route Accountability in Indonesia & the Philippines

January 2014: Anti-Corruption Agencies

December 2013: South Africa's Transition to a Non-Racial Democracy

November 2013: Reform Leaders on Effective and Accountable Civil Service

October 2013: Improving Policy Management and Service Delivery

September 2013: Combatting Corruption and Mediating Election Conflict

 August 2013: Improving Service Delivery and Reducing Election Violence 

July 2013: Increasing Accountability and Efficiency in Civil Service

June 2013: Government Delivery Units

May 2013: Anti-Corruption Commissions

April 2013: Election Reforms in Zambia and other Countries

March 2013: Civil Service Reforms in Brazil

February 2013: Infrastructure Projects, Government Investments and Obstacles

 January 2013: Anti-Corruption Efforts in the Baltics and Nigerian Elections

December 2012: Reforming City Management in Palmero and Johannesburg

November 2012: ISS Marks 100 Case Studies

October 2012: Kenya Open Data and the Rapid Results Approach

September 2012: Cabinet Reform and Anti-Corruption Agencies

August 2012: City Management in Bangalore and Rapid Results in Madagascar

July 2012: Indonesian and Georgian Reforms

June 2012: Revenue Collection in Liberia

May 2012: Center of Government in the Batics

April 2012: Indonesian Accountability and Nigerian Electoral Reform

March 2012: Improving Government Accountability, Leading Reform

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