Factsheet: The IKAT-US Partnership


The “Inisiatif Kemitraan Asia Tenggara – United States (IKAT-US)” or “Southeast Asia – US Partnership: Civil Societies Innovating Together” 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 Indonesia’s vibrant yet stable multi party democracy stands as an example for other countries in various stages of democratic development to emulate – 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 Indonesia’s democratic culture and finding

ways to support the sharing of these experiences and approaches across the region.

IKAT-US Component 1 is focused on civil society partnerships within five themes 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
  5. Human Rights Monitoring and Advocacy

The IKAT-US Component 1 Program implementations are:

IKAT-US Component 2 focuses on supporting these partnerships and on evaluating the effectiveness and sustainability of the IKAT US regional partnership model.