IRE experience

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Main Activities

IRE has designed four major activities to achieve the abovementioned benevolent missions. Firstly, critical and participatory action researches concerning many phenomena of public powerlessness, especially for identifying and analyzing the needs and problems of the people. The results of the researches are always formulated as capitals for action programs and transformation in communities. Secondly, education and training that denote mode to gather and disseminate critical ideas and alternative discourses between the actors of state, political society, economic and civil society that are often unable to be facilitated by the existing institutions. Training and education are also as the media of assisting to enhance and improve the capacity of strategic actors such as local bureaucrats, politicians, professional groups, researchers, social activists, higher students, and etc. Thirdly, publication, it is as a means of articulating and socializing critical ideas derived from various thoughts and institutional activities. Flamma Review, Journal Mandatory and books are the forms and the outputs of the programs. Fourthly, advocacy, that is a joint movement (through policy analysis, dialogs and public hearing sessions) to reform public policies in state domain and culture engineering in civil society arena.

Initially (in 1994) IRE was as a study group, accordingly its activities were organizing regular critical discussions pertaining to social-political matters, studying new literatures of sociology and politics. The daily newspapers Kompas and Jawa Pos very much supported to the activities. Since 1997 to date, IRE has not been as a study group any more which is merely to bring about routine discussion sessions, however it has become self-help organization or non governmental organization (NGO) taking highly concern on developing democracy for the people. The following are the excerpts of IRE’s experiences since the mid of 1997.

  1. 1. In June 2015, IRE in collaboration with the Yayasan Rumsram (Rumsram Foundation) SHAW Program held a Workshop on the Implementation of the Village Law No. 6 of 2014 and Training on Developing Quality RPJMK (Village Mid-Term Development Planning) and APBK (Village Budgets) at Biak in Papua. The aim of this program was to raise participant’s understanding on authority, mechanisms and procedures in implementing the Village Law as well as village financial management systems.
  2. 2. From May until June 2015, IRE collaborated with the Yogyakarta General Elections Commission to conduct research on voters’ participation in elections.
  3. 3. “Training on Developing Village Planning and Budgeting Documents that are Pro-STBM and in Line with the Village Law No. 6 of 2014”.
  4. 4. In March 2015, in cooperation with Plan Indonessia, IRE held a ” Training on Village Mid-Term Development Planning (RPJMDes) Advocacy in South Central Timor and North Central Timor Districts”. The goal of this program was to encourage villages to immediately implement strategic steps for implementing the Village Law and to encourage the integration of the STBM program in the RPJMDesa.
  5. 5. From January to May in 2015, IRE in collaboration with Dian Desa on the SHAW Program has been organizing a series of activities for mainstreaming STBM in Sikka and East Flores districts. These activities have included a “Workshop on Developing Bupati Regulations on  Village Authority“, “Training on Developing RPJMDes in Sikka and East Flores Districts” and “Training on Developing RPJMDes”. The goal of this program is to build the capacity and commitment of stakeholders in Sikka and East Flores districts in developing Bupati Regulations on Village Authority in line with the Village Law and to encourage the integration of the STBM program in the RPJMDesa.
  6. 6. From December 15, 2014 until October 31, 2015, IRE in cooperation with Mendizabal Ltd. Has been implementing the TTI  TTF TT Exchange Program, “A comparative study of business models for think tanks in Argentina and Indonesia”. This program aims to map the business models of think tank institutions in Indonesia and Argentina.
  7. 7. From 15 December 15 until 12 June, 2015, IRE in collaboration with the International Labour Organization (ILO) has been implementing the “Mapping Data Collection for Homeworkers in Central Java and Yogyakarta” program. The objective of this program is to identity the characteristics and working conditions of homeworkeers and homeworkers with disabilities and to identity how homewokers are positioned in the value chain.
  8. 8. From 2 December 2014 until 12 January 2015, IRE in cooperation with Simavi conducted a “Workshop on Integration of the STBM into the Implementation of the Village Law” in Yogyakarta. The goal of this program was to deepen understanding on the Village Law in a comprehensive manner and to identify the opportunities and challenges of running the STBM program in the Village Law era.
  9. 9. From November 1 2014 to October 31, 2015, IRE in cooperation with HIVOS has been implementing a program on “Encouraging the Realization of Sovereign, Independent and Democratic Village Governance “. The objective of this program is to develop instruments / tools that are effective and efficient in creating sovereign, independent and democratic governance.
  10. 10. From October 27, 2014 until December 27, 2014, IRE in cooperation with PT. Indonesian cement implemented the “Community Empowerment in the form of Establishing Robust Community Partnership Forums for Community Empowerment and Well-being in the Company Ring I Region ” program. The goal of this program was to initiate a community empowerment program in order to improve the quality of life of the community.
  11. 11. From 1 September until 30 Desember in 2014, IRE again worked in collaboration with ProRep to implement the program on “Capacity Improvement on Policy Advocacy and Communication for Research Institutions in Indonesia”. The goal of this program was to promote the use of research results in policy advocacy and communication of results to various parties, especially policy makers.
  12. 12. In August until September in 2014, IRE in worked in cooperation with Total Indonesia to implement the program on “Raising the Capacity of Village Governments for the Implementation of Law Number 6/2014 on Villages “. This program aimed to facilitate village governments, Village Consultative Bodies (BPD), and village representatives to understand the provisions in Law N0.6 2014 on Villages and to improve their knowledge and skills for developing village planning, Village Government Budgets (APBDes), village regulations (Perdes) and village financial administration.
  13. 13. From 20 June until 20 July in 2014, IRE in cooperation with Prorep USAID implemented the program, “Support the PRN through IRE Yogya”.
  14. 14. On 19 & 20 June, 2014, IRE in cooperation with the Special Task Force for Upstream Oil and Gas Business Activities (SKK Migas) conducted the “Facilitation on Public Relations Coorination Meeting Activities, Media Education and Media Gatherings “.
  15. 15. From 1 February 2014 until 30 April 2015, IRE again worked in collaboration with Research Triangle Institute (RTI) International implementing the “Knowledge Sector Initiative“ program. The general objective of this program was organizational strengthening and changes  at IRE Yogyakarta.
  16. 16. From February 7, 2014 until 7 February, 2015, IRE in collaboration with Plan Indonesia implemented the program “Capacity Building on Local Government Planning and Budgeting Advocacy in STBM NTT”.
  17. 17. On February 1 until February 28, 2014, IRE in cooperation with ACCESS Phase II implemented the program on “Encouraging Government Regulations on Village Finance and Assets”. The goal of this program was to encourage the birth of government regulations on village finance and assets in line with the spirit of the Village Law to build village independence and wellbeing.
  18. 18. From February 1 through to March 31 in 2014, IRE in collaboration with ProRep USAID implemented the program on “Dissemination of IRE Policy Research Results on the Position and Function of the Local Legislative Councils (DPD) of Indonesia following the Constitutional Court Ruling”. The objective of this program was to promote political education to citizens in understanding democracy in Indonesia, particularly the role, position, duty, function and the communication patterns of DPD following the issuance of the Constitutional Court Ruling.
  19. 19. From December 9, 2014 until January 20, 2015, IRE again worked in collaboration with Plan Indonesia as a consultant in the program, “Evaluate Empowering Civil Society to Engage for the Promotion of the Right to Identity and Nationality Project”. The goal of this program was to promote the fulfillment of children’s rights through the consolidation of democracy and good governance processes in Indonesia.
  20. 20. In September 2013-January 2014, IRE held a join program with UN Habitat on Project Evaluation, Learning and Facilitation Visit and Publication in Belu and Kupang district, NTT province. It aimed at (a) facilitating a learning visit for woman village heads, local parliament members, Regents and SKPD of Belu and Kupang; (b) evaluating the program of UN Habitat in Belu and Kupang; (c) writing and disseminating policy papers to give inputs for RPJMN 2015-2019 being drafted by Bappenas.
  21. 21. In August – December 2013, in cooperation with the Knowledge Sector Initiative (KSI) Indonesia and AusAid, IRE held a joint program called Research and Policy Bridging: Developing Think Tank Institution for Policy Transportation. It aimed at strengthening the capacity of IRE organization and its staffs, to be professional knowledge sector to advocate policy reforms.
  22. 22. In June – December 2013, IRE organized a joint program with ACCESS Phase II entitled “Support to Strengthening Participative Village Asset and Financial Management and Planning in Ten Districts.” It aimed at supporting the government in preparing the management of village assets and financial management in participative, transparent and accountable manner based on the experiences of villages becoming ACCESS partners.
  23. 23. From May until June in 2013, in cooperation with UN Habitat, IRE conducted a Learning Visit to Yogyakarta: “Sustaining Peace and Integration in West Timor”, in particular the ongoing training on RPJMDes implementation. The general goal of this learning visit was for participants to gain valuable lessons and inspire local governments and communities with village level economy based development.
  24. 24. In March – April 2013, IRE carried out a joint program with ACCESS Phase II called “Consolidation and Dissemination of Experiences on Developing Women Economy, Village Development and Planning, the Role of Citizens in Basic Public Services, BUMDes Development, Women Role in Managing Natural Resources to Improve Their Incomes, and Food Security and Sovereignty”. It aimed at disseminating knowledge based on the best practices and women innovation and emancipation in 16 districts/cities to improve the gender equality in transformation of national policy on poverty alleviation and village autonomy.
  25. 25. In September 2012 – February 2014, IRE organized a joint program with PROREP USAID entitled “Deepening Democracy in Indonesia: Promoting Substantive Representation as A Model Regional Representative Council (DPD) Constituent Relations.” It aimed at contributing alternative ideas to DPD on the pattern of constituent-parliament relation to strengthen the representation mandate of parliament members so it would be based on citizens representation to result in substantive representation.
  26. 26. In August – October 2012, IRE conducted a joint program with Yayasan TIFA called “National Advocacy Program through CSO and Parliament Partnership to Promote Village Reform and Drafting Village Law.” It aimed at enhancing consolidation and partnership of CSO network with parliament to promote the passage of Village Law, in support of village welfare and autonomy.
  27. 27. In May – July 2012, IRE performed a joint program with UN Habitat called “Study on Policy about RPJMDes Problems and Solution in Kupang District: A Case Study in two Villages. It aimed at (a) identifying village program priority listed in RPJMDes but is not supported financially by many sources; (b) identifying and formulating the cause why the some listed programs in RPJMDes were not financed; (c) identifying the source of financing from various parties that can be allocated to support the prioritized programs listed in RPJMDes.
  28. 28. In May 2012, IRE held a joint program with PLAN Indonesia to conduct baseline survey empowering civil society to engage for the promotion of the right to identity and nationality in Kefamenanu. It aimed at promoting the fulfillment of children rights through the consolidation of democracy and good governance in Indonesia.
  29. 29. From 1 January 2012 until 31 July 2013, IRE again worked in cooperation with The Asia Foundation on the program “Strengthening and Developing the Capacity of IRE as a Knowledgeable Community for Strategic Policy Amendment Advocacy”. The objective of this program was to strengthen the organizational capacity, research practices for policies and institutional support at IRE Yogyakarta.
  30. 30. In January – April 2012, IRE conducted a joint program with PROREP USAID called “National Development Planning System Reform to Strengthen Citizen’s Representation: Research on Regulation and Implementation Practices of Law No. 25/2004.” It aimed at providing recommendation and strengthening public representation in the process of national and local planning and budgeting.
  31. 31. In November – February 2013, IRE held a joint program with ACCESS Phase II called “National Influencing: the Advantages of Program ACCESS to Village Self Reliance and Poverty Alleviation in Indonesia”. It aimed at promoting new national policy that more relevant and accurate and siding to village self reliance and poverty alleviation.
  32. 32. In August – September 2011, IRE conducted a joint program with KEHATI, to support and facilitate the implementation of “Forestry Governance and Multi-stakeholder Forestry Program II (FG and MFP II), and holding a study called “Encouraging the Initiative of Procurement Policy—the Utilization of Legal Logs in Indonesia”, aiming at promoting the governance of government policies on developments based on the verification of legal logs to minimize illegal logging and to preserve rain forests in Indonesia.
  33. 33. August 2011 as of October 2013, IRE held a joint program with Mercy Corps entitle, “Aid to Uprooted People in Maluku”, then so called MATASIRI, in Ambon and Seram. It aimed at empowering the IDPs to engage in the process of public policy making at local in support of peace building in Maluku and Seram.
  34. 34. Supported by ICCO, IRE launched a program entitled, “Study on Cooperation between Local Government and Foreign Private Organization in 3 District of Indonesia, namely Jakarta, Surabaya and Yogyakarta. It aimed at designing study and mapping best practices of the implementation of the program initiated by local government and private sectors from abroad. Besides, it was also to providing strategic inputs related to draft regulations (Permendagri) on cooperation between local administration and foreign private sector.
  35. 35. In July – November 2011, in cooperation with The Asia Foundation, IRE is implementing a program entitled “Strengthening and Developing IRE’s Capacity as a Knowledge Community for Strategic Policy Advocacy.” It aimed at strengthening the capacity of IRE and its staffs to be more qualified and reliable researchers, supported by professional supporting system, to be a knowledge sector to advocate policy reform in Indonesia.
  36. 36. ACCESS and FPPD were supporting IRE in undertaking a program named “A Study on BUMDes (Village Owned Enterprises) as a Local Strength Underpinning Village Autonomy”, in January-March 2010. This study on BUMDes targeted two levels, village and district. At district, this study made reviews on policies (substance, implementation, and outputs resulted) along with district partners. At village, the study tried to reveal the potencies and local strengths as the capital to develop BUMDes, including drawing some lessons learned from villages owning BUMDes.
  37. 37. In December 2009-August 2010, supported by TIFA Foundation, IRE has been organizing a program called “Promoting Local Policy Reform for Planning Development and Pro-Village Budget Allocation in Efforts of Fulfilling the Basic Needs and Combating Poverty in Gununkidul district of Yogyakarta”.
  38. 38. IRE has also been organizing a joint program with International Relief and Development (IRD)-SERASI, USAID in November 2009-October 2011, entitled “Evaluation and Assessment for Improving Participative Peace Development (PEUDAP) in Aceh.
  39. 39. In November 2009-October 2011 IRE has been holding a program on “Strengthening Local NGOs in Areas Where Mining Industries and Oil Exploration are Operating”, supported by the United Nation Democracy Fund (UNDEF). It is implemented in: 1) District of Blora, Tuban, Bojonegoro (Java); 2) Kutai Timur district; 3) Kutai Kartanegara; 4) Sumbawa Barat district; 5) Kepulauan Anambas district.
  40. 40. Once more, the DRSP-USAID trusted IRE to execute a program entitled “Consolidation for Mapping Strategic Issues and Standing Position in the Academic Paper of Draft Village Law”, in May 2009-February 2010.
  41. 41. Financially backed by The Ford Foundation, IRE has been organizing a program called “Institutionalizing the Participation of Poor and Marginalized Groups in Public Decision Making to Promote Pro-Poor Resources Allocation in Health, Education and Land Access in Fifteen Districts/Cities”. This is a joint program between IRE Yogyakarta, FITRA, FPPM, Prakarsa and Initiative for January 2009-2011.
  42. 42. In February-August 2009, financially supported by International Relief Development (IRD), IRE Yogyakarta organized a joint program named “Peace Building and Conflict Resolution in Papua”.
  43. 43. Still, underpinned by Mercy Corps Banda Aceh, IRE conducted a program called “Training and Technical Assistance to Gampong Governing and Developing BUMGs” in February-May 2009. It aimed at making gampong to have orientation and vision on developing BUMGs.
  44. 44. In collaboration with PLAN International and Gita Pertiwi, IRE was organizing a joint program entitled “Building Capacity for Developing Gampongs Oriented to Empowering Children” in July 2008 – January 2009. It was held in Lamgirik and Aneuk Payau, Lhok Nga sub-district, and Birek and Gapuy, in Lhoong sub-district.
  45. 45. Again, IRE financially backed by DRSP-USAID and Post Graduate Program of Local Politics and Autonomy (PLOD)-UGM, held a joint program on “CSOs Forum” in July 2008 – February 2009.
  46. 46. DRSP-USAID gave supports to IRE to conduct a program called “Public Consultation of Draft Village Law (RUU-Desa)”, in February – May 2008.
  47. 47. IRE was organizing a joint program with Mercy Corps and Aceh Besar Administration, in November 2008-March 2009, on “Formulating the Program Design of Gampong Administration Capacity Building, in Aceh Besar, NAD”. It was also supported by AIPRD LOGICA.
  48. 48. In November 2008, IRE in collaboration with International Republican Institute (IRI) launched a program named “Improving the Political Engagement of House Members, Political Parties and Constituents Heading to Consolidated Democracy”. It involved 100 representatives of political parties, constituents and legislative members of DIY.
  49. 49. In cooperation with Mobil Cepu Limited, IRE organize a joint program named “Assisting Kidergaten Semai Benih Bangsa to Develope the Infrastructures of Education” in Blora (Central Java) and Bojonegoro (East Java) in September – December 2008
  50. 50. Baked by ExxonMobil, IRE was holding a program called “Training of Capacity Improvement on Addressing and Preventing Disaster” in Blora district (Central Java) and district of Bojonegoro and Tuban (East Java), in May until July 2008. It was in light of flash floods hitting Bojonegoro and Tuban regions.
  51. 51. Supported by Mobil Cepu Limited, in October 2007 up to August 2008, IRE was carrying out a program called “Training of Capacity Building on Village Institution and Providing Assistance for Cluster of Village Infrastructures Development Based on Community Participation” in Bojonegoro and Tuban. This program was part of CSR launched by MCL (ExxonMobil Oil Indonesia).
  52. 52. In August 2007 as of August 2008, IRE in collaboration with Australia-Indonesia Partnership (AIP) was administering a program named “Revitalizing Craftswomen of Batik Cottage Industry in Bantul”.
  53. 53. In September 2007, underpinned by International Rescue and Committee, IRE performed as both facilitator team and administrator of a program entitled “Study on Rural Autonomy and Financial Governance”, involving Keuchik and Tuhapeut of Aceh Besar and Aceh Jaya districts as the participants.
  54. 54. Supported by DAI-USAID, IRE was handling a training session for CSOs of four districts of Aceh which denoted DAI’s target groups in Community Based Recovery Program, in July 8 to August 4, 2007.
  55. 55. In June 23-28, 2007, it was the third occasion, the Premier Oil trusted IRE to hold a training session and comparative study on the same theme, which involved rural government apparatuses from Natuna district, to be exact, from the sub-district of Jemaja and East Jamaja.
  56. 56. IRE, in collaboration with Pancasila Study Centre of Gadjahmada University, Indonesian Movement (PI), and Prakarsa Association, was administering a series of course entitled “Social Justice” that was dedicated for anyone getting interested in the social justice study.
  57. 57. In November 2006-2009, IRE was organizing a program entitled “Simpul Democracy” in Tangerang district. It was a joint program with KID. Here, IRE prepared, created, and ran the school of democracy involving and teaching some civil society of Tangerang district.
  58. 58. In 2008, IRE held a joint program with JIP Fisipol UGM to draft academic paper on the Draft Law of Yogyakarta province specialty.
  59. 59. IRE in cooperation with AIPRD-LOGICA was doing a study on “The Position, Function, and Responsibility of Mukim and Gampong within Aceh Government in the District of Aceh Besar, Aceh Jaya, and Aceh Barat” in November 2006-2007
  60. 60. In connection with natural disaster (earthquake) hitting Yogyakarta and part of Central Java (2006), IRE supported by IOM-USAID and OIM performed a program of strengthening the capacity of NGOs, CBOs and rural community in mitigation and dealing with the disaster.
  61. 61. Supported by CUSO Canada, IRE distributed logistics to the victims of earth quake, hitting Yogyakarta and Central Java, in July 2006. This program involved several local NGOs—the members of Suara Korban Bencana led by IRE.
  62. 62. In November 22-24, 2006, IRE in collaboration with the Secretariat of Wonogiri DPRD was organizing a training session on increasing and improving the capacity and expertise of all the legislative members in administering regional financial governance.
  63. 63. IRE was leading a joint work with the Commission A of Wonogiri DPRD (regional legislative council) to compose an academic paper on Initiative of Raperda (draft regional regulation) concerning Village Heads Election in Wonogiri district in September-October 2006.
  64. 64. In September 8-12, 2006, it was for the second time IRE held a joint program with Premier Oil to undertake a training session and comparative study called “Prompting Rural Governance Based on Community Participation”. At the occasion, the training was dedicated to Tarempa sub-district, Natuna.
  65. 65. IRE, in collaboration with National Democratic Institute in June 2006 as of March 2008, was administering a program entitled “Participatory Budgeting and Expenditure Tracking (PBET)”. This program was conducted in Bantul district (DI Yogyakarta province) and Kebumen district (Central Java province).
  66. 66. In April up to July 2006, IRE was carrying out a research program on Pilkadal (directly regional head election) in Kulon Progo district, Yogyakarta.
  67. 67. IRE backed by Legislative Secretariat of District Wonogiri was handling a training session for strengthening the capacity and expertise of legislative members of Commission A and B in Jayakarta hotel. The training was carried out parallel and concurrently in February 23-25, 2006.
  68. 68. In 2005-2006, IRE Yogyakarta was being trusted as a training facilitator team of Kaukus Parlemen Bersih (Clean Parliament Caucus) in Yogyakarta, held by a consortium of clean parliament caucus in the Special Region of Yogyakarta, consisting of S2 PLOD UGM, Rifka Annisa, Center for Policy Studies (CPS), and P.P. Aisiah.
  69. 69. IRE, supported by the TIFA Foundation, was conducting an advocacy research entitled “Initiative of Good Governance and Rural Development Reform” in seven districts of Indonesia, namely: Gunungkidul (DI Yogyakarta), East Lombok (West Nusa Tenggara), East Sumba (East Nusa Tenggara), Sumenep (East Java), Konawe (Southeast Sulawesi), Kutai Taruma Negara (East Kalimantan), and Solok (West Sumatera) in July 2005 up to February 2006.
  70. 70. In June 2005-2007, IRE underpinned by The Ford Foundation was administering an advocacy research entitled “Initiative of Rural Industrialization Governance Reform to Strengthen Rural Economy Basis for Village Autonomy”. The program was implemented in 6 districts of DIY Province (district of Gunungkidul, Sleman, Bantul, and Kulonprogo) and Central Java (district of Klaten and Kebumen).
  71. 71. IRE in cooperation with Premier Oil held a training session called “Improving the Capacity of Administering Participative Rural Development toward Good Governance” in September 2005. The program involved village apparatus, the members of village board of representatives, and rural public figures of Palmatak sub-district, Natuna district, as the participants.
  72. 72. Still, supported by the Ford Foundation, in February 2003 up to April 2005,  IRE was promoting democratic and accountable local government by implementing a program entitled “Developing Good Governance and Rural Autonomy” in district of Purworejo, Central Java Province.
  73. 73. IRE held a program entitled “Developing the Specialty of Yogyakarta in the Context of Decentralization and Democratization,” supported financially by Partnership for Governance Reform in Indonesia (PGRI), in October – December 2003.
  74. 74. In 2002 up to 2005, IRE supported by The European Commission was presiding over a program entitled “Empowering Adat (indigenous) People in Indonesia” at five provinces of Indonesia. They were Bali, East Nusa Tenggara, South Sumatra, West Sumatera, and West Kalimantan.
  75. 75. Since the beginning of 2001 until the end of 2002, IRE was handling a program entitled “Developing Good Governance in the Context of Village Autonomy”. The Ford Foundation supported and financed it. Here, IRE selected five targeted villages that were concurrently as a step to strengthen the impacts of preceding program, they were: Wukirsari (of Imogiri sub-district, Yogyakarta); Jenarwetan (Purwodadi), Grogol (Weru), Gadungan (Wedi), Duwet (Ngawen) of Central Java Province.
  76. 76. IRE in collaboration with Pact Indonesia was looking after a program entitled “Developing Democracy through Sustainability Community Discussion” in January up to December 2001.
  77. 77. December 2000 as of June 2001, IRE was conducting a program entitled “Developing the Control of Community over Military in Sub-District” supported by OTI-USAID. The program was held in sub-district of Umbulharjo (Yogyakarta), Purwodadi (Purworejo), Wedi (Klaten), and Madiun (Madiun).
  78. 78. Supported by OTI-USAID, IRE was running a program entitled “Developing Demilitarization Discourse at Local Level” in March to August 2000.
  79. 79. In December 1999 as of June 2000, IRE was launching a program entitled “Civil Society Demilitarism”, still under the support of Pact Indonesia.
  80. 80. Starting from September 1999-2000, IRE was carrying out a program entitled “Civic Education”, supported by ACILS Indonesia.
  81. 81. Since February until the end of 1999, supported by Indonesian Rapid Response Initiatives (IRRI) Pact Indonesia, IRE was managing a series of JaringNet discussions, which talked about issues of political transition and reform, developing within society.
  82. 82. Prior to 1999 general election, IRE organized a series program of voters education, financed by American Centre for International Labor Solidarity (ACILS) Indonesia.
  83. 83. IRE, in October 1998-1999, was administering a program called “The Promotion of Political Safety Net”, also supported by the Pact Indonesia and USAID.
  84. 84. In 1997, IRE accomplished a program entitled “The Development of Plural Democratic Discourses among Young Community Leaders”, supported by the Pact Indonesia and USAID.

In addition to administering the abovementioned internal institutional activities, since ages ago IRE has established network with and actively participated in Forum for Developing Village Reform (FPPD), Forum for Developing Public Participation (FPPM) and alliance, and joint-works for the sake of promoting democracy enhancement, decentralization, civil society and village autonomy.

Due to the aforementioned experiences, so far IRE Yogyakarta has secured partners of rural and sub-district communities where IRE has incessantly been developing community forums, as a social capital for promoting good governance, village autonomy and democracy. IRE keeps on monitoring the aforementioned communities. Down to date, routinely IRE has established intensive communication and effectively facilitated them.