Ford Foundation Working with Visionaries on the Frontlines of Social Change Worldwide



Supporting new models of public participation will help Indonesia emerge as an exemplar of how to promote tolerance, social equity and environmental sustainability.

The Regional Context

Indonesia has made remarkable progress in its transition from military rule to a thriving democracy. This reform process has given rise to decentralized governance, direct elections, laws that address the needs of the poor and underrepresented, strong civil society groups, and new platforms for public debate.

Despite these successes, state policy and program reforms have yet to address deepening poverty and persistent discrimination toward marginalized social groups. Indonesia is also experiencing increased environmental degradation and is the world's third-largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions.

Our Goal

The goal of our work is to create economic opportunity and offer increased access and participation in local governance for poor and socially marginalized communities.

Empowering marginalized groups by helping them to gain a stronger voice and a greater say in local decision making is essential to breaking old patterns of social exclusion and new patterns of economic disparity.

These priorities also include guaranteeing the realization of basic rights for all citizens across the diverse geography and culture of the Indonesian archipelago.

What We're Doing

Our work focuses on:

  • Institutionalizing the participation of the poor and underrepresented in local planning and budgeting decision-making bodies
  • Improving recognition of reproductive and sexual rights and the full participation of women in society
  • Promoting innovation in livelihoods that enable poor rural households to increase incomes and build assets
  • Advancing public service media that amplifies marginalized voices and critical perspectives in order to build an informed and active citizenry
  • Ensuring poor rural communities, especially indigenous people and ethnic minorities, in environmentally fragile areas gain greater control over their land, forests and other natural resources
  • Promoting participatory land use management that seeks equity and sustainable natural resource management

Our grant making in the region is pursued through the following initiatives.

Issue Initiative
Democratic and Accountable Government
Economic Fairness
Sustainable Development
Freedom of Expression
Gender, Sexuality and Reproductive Justice

From the Library

  • Indonesia brochureFord Foundation Indonesia Since 1953, when the Ford Foundation established an office in Jakarta, we have been committed to improving the economic well-being of Indonesia’s people, advancing their rights and strengthening local civil society organizations. Today, in an era of democratic reform, we continue to support on-the-ground efforts to expand opportunity and build a more inclusive society for all. 935 KB

Regional Office



  • David Hulse
  • Heidi Arbuckle
  • Alexander Irwan
  • Rafiuddin Palinrungi
  • Steve Rhee


Ford Foundation
Sequis Center, 11th Floor
Jl. Jend. Sudirman 71
Jakarta 12190, Indonesia

(+62) 21-2935-7200
(+62) 21-2935-7210

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