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Published: September 5th 2007
This might be quite dull so I apolgise if you're not interested and feel free to skim read...
PATTIRO is the NGO that I'm working for. It stands for Centre for Regional Studies and Information in Indonesian. www.pattiro.org. It has been running for about 8 years and has 11 regional offices throughout Indonesia. The main focus is to promote and create good governance and develop public participation. It does this through improving the capacity of local community organisations, other NGOs and governement agencies to be actively involved in the policy-making process. So makes sure they have training on how to analyse public budgets to ensure that money is spent according to local needs, particluary basic rights such as education and health.
I went to a Seminar on countering bribery and corruption hosted by the Finnish Embassy yesterday which was really interesting. PATTIRO has influenced a lot of positive changes at local levels but they want to start to do this nationally too which is much more difficult.
Everyone speaks pretty good English, most PATTIRO staff have degrees, a few are studying now for masters in public administration. They want me to try and help them improve it though and also
start looking at funding from International agencies which they don't feel their English is good enough to do. Over the next few weeks so I'm going to visit quite a few of the regional branches so will get to see a bit more of the country which is quite exciting!
Here are a few more pics of where exactly I am in Jakarta, not the most exciting in the world mind. I haven't really seen much of any beautiful scenery or anything to display yet. As soon as I do they will be up though. In fact, Widi (someone I work with) has invited me to go and stay with him in his home village and has shown me some photos and it looks amazing. So these are a taster of what I will hopefully be seeing...
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