The â€œInisiatif Kemitraan Asia Tenggara â€“ United States (IKAT-US)â€ or â€œSoutheast Asia â€“ US Partnership: Civil Societies Innovating Togetherâ€ is an
unprecedented effort to facilitate the sharing of the expertise and experiences of Indonesian civil society groups outside Indonesia, by developing and implementing programs on a range of democracy, governance, and human rights themes in partnership with their counterparts from the US and Southeast Asian countries.
The IKAT-US Partnership is:
- A recognition that Indonesiaâ€™s vibrant yet stable multi party democracy stands as an example for other countries in various stages of democratic development to emulate â€“ both within and outside Southeast Asia.
- A critical initiative to empower civil society organizations in Indonesia to be effective voices and forces for transformational change through a new chapter in South-South cooperation.
- An opportunity to move decades-long US support for Indonesian civil society to the next generation of cooperation by enhancing its ability to collaborate on democracy, good governance, and human rights-related programs throughout the region.
- A program to facilitate partnerships among Indonesian, US, and regional CSOs in five areas critical to the development of democracy, good governance, and respect for human rights: (1) elections and political participation, (2) independent media and freedom of information, (3) peace-building and conflict resolution, (4) transparency and accountability, and (5) human rights monitoring and advocacy.
The Unites States is committed to highlighting those practices and innovations that are transforming Indonesiaâ€™s democratic culture and finding
ways to support the sharing of these experiences and approaches across the region.
IKAT-US Component 1Â is focused on civil society partnerships within five themes critical to the development of democracy, good governance, and respect for human rights:
- Elections and Political Participation
- Independent Media and Freedom of Information
- Peaceâ€building and Conflict Resolution
- Transparency and Accountability
- Human Rights Monitoring and Advocacy
The IKAT-US Component 1 Program implementations are:
- POWER: Political Women Representation
- Asia Calling: Strengthening Southeast Asian Media Partnerships to Promote Human Rights and Good Governance
- AGENDA: General Election Network for Disability Access
- Tigers with Teeth: Strengthening Legal Advocacy Efforts to Build ASEANâ€™s Regional Human Rights System
- Better Partnerships for Better Spending in Southeast Asia
- Better Governance in Extractive Industries
IKAT-US Component 2Â focuses on supporting these partnerships and on evaluating the effectiveness and sustainability of the IKAT US regional partnership model.