Nyla Grace Prietro, programme officer, International Idea, Canberra, Australia:
Democracy is up to the people: A successful democracy does not rely on a single personality or an elected leader. All people need to partake in political processes. Spaces for citizen participation and the emergence of a civil society have helped ease Indonesia’s transition from dictatorship to democracy.
High participation equals healthy democracy: The turnout to June’s elections are a really good sign as it reflects that these people want to take a more active role in the country’s democracy, suggesting democracy here has longevity.
Use new tools to demand transparency: Most of the tools to create a more democratic system are recent tools developed by people through crowdsourcing – not yet part of an established system run by the government. They still run their meetings closed and they have no obligation to publish a copy of new laws passed within a certain timeline to the public.
Reach beyond the digital divide: Not enough has been done in Indonesia to create activist leaders beyond the middle class. Impactful activism has been restricted to those mainly with computer and internet access – that’s only 10% of the population.