The MADANI project in Indonesia strives to improve local government accountability and works closely with civil society organizations to strengthen their capacity, legitimacy and effectiveness to bring about social change. The project operates in 32 districts in the provinces of Banten, Central Java, East Java, South Sulawesi, West Java and West Kalimantan.
Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, MADANI supports activities that strengthen the ability of local civil society organizations to advocate for greater governmental accountability and communal tolerance. Additionally, the project provides tailored support through a pool of national capacity development experts, empowering local civil society organizations to improve their operational systems, expand their constituent and stakeholder outreach, and build more sustainable means of mobilizing financial resources, including those from the government and private sector. MADANI facilitates improved collaboration between local governments, civil society organizations and the private sector by promoting the benefits of partnership and improving connections for collaboration.
Project staff encourage civil society organizations to expand their networks by leading learning forums and partnering with other groups for more accountable frontline services (with an initial focus on maternal and neonatal health), to facilitate more effective citizen participation in community activities such as development planning forums and village assemblies, and to counter the spread of disinformation and hate speech that promotes intolerance. MADANI also is developing a virtual technical assistance platform (the Knowledge and Innovation Hub) that contains training and assessment materials, tip sheets, capacity-building modules and linkages to national and provincial technical support.