Samarbetsland: Indonesien

Admission requirements

Invited countries

All countries on the OECD-DAC listed ODA-eligible countries, are eligible for the programme, but if a local election is held during the year when the training takes place, the country is temporarily taken off the list. See this list


Target group

Only elected women politicians (currently in office) in a local/regional government will be considered. ICLD will prioritize applicants holding a position of Mayor or Deputy Mayor but will also exceptionally accept applicants who are Councilors. We at ICLD aim to create a group that includes both majority and opposition politicians, as well as a diversity of ages and experience. ICLD trainings are open to all that are eligible, irrespective of physical ability.

Candidates who have previously participated in an ICLD training programme financed by Sida cannot apply for this programme.


Language requirements

The training programme will be organised and conducted in English. Proficiency in English shall be indicated in the Application form.


Health requirements

Considering the training programme consists of international travels and work away from home in a new environment, good health and ability to work without health restrictions is required. You need to be enjoying full working capacity and to be able to engage in an active programme with long days of seminars, study visits and interactive networking. It is therefore recommended that candidates undergo a medical examination before filling in the Medical Statement in the Application form.


Other requirements

The outline of the problem to be addressed by the change process will be of crucial importance in the selection of participants. Once selected, the participant is required to attend all scheduled parts of the 12-months programme and must have approval to participate in all aspects of the program from her local authority. She is required to actively participate in the workshops and complete assignments between workshops (journals, reports).

Due to the nature of the programme, family members are NOT allowed to accompany participants to the programme.


Costs

All training costs pertaining to lectures, literature, documentation, study tours and certain social activities as well as accommodation and food will also be covered by the organiser. All international travel costs related to the programme will be covered by the programme organiser. Costs for personal expenses are not included and are the responsibility of the participant or her organisation.


VISA

Participants are responsible for obtaining all relevant visas during all scheduled parts of the programme. The costs for obtaining visas are to be borne by the participant. It is important to start the Visa process as soon as possible after beeing invited to the programme and to specific workshops.


Insurance

All participants are covered under a group insurance while on scheduled parts of the programme. Medical and dental checkups are not included.


Certificate

Participants who successfully complete all scheduled parts will be awarded a Certificate of completion of training.


Application process

This information will soon be updated with dates for closing dates in 2024. Application shall be made electronically, via link here below and include a recent photograph and all required information and documents. An outline of the problem to be addressed by the change process shall be submitted as part of the application and plays a key role in the selection of participants.

The change process must be described in the application and you will be asked to describe:

  • The societal challenge/problem for change you want to address
  • Describe which democratic components – equity, participation, transparency and accountability – that are particularly crucial for addressing the challenge and its development to lead to better local democracy
  • In which way this work will anticipate citizens’ needs

The application page contains details of what to include with your application. After an initial selection, a few chosen candidates will be invited for the interview, after which the final round of selection will take place.

ICLD operates anti-discrimination policy and all training courses are open to anyone despite the physical ability. If you have some physical disability, please let us know so we can solve all the practical issues that may arise.

The activities in the programme will be carried out on-site or digitally. If the situation occurs that we are forced to postpone workshops due to unforeseen situations, we at the ICLD will suggest new dates when the majority of participants can participate. If no dates are possible, ICLD will consider carrying out the workshop digitally.



Projektområde
Inclusive leadership and governance

Programme structure

The training consists of three compulsory workshops, of which all three are full time scheduled trainings. Periods between workshops are homebased. The total duration of the programme is 12 months.

When will cohort 11 take place:
The Inception workshop will be held in late January 2025
The Swedish Phase workshop will most likely take place in September 2025
The Final workshop will take place in January 2026

Where:
All workshops except the Swedish Phase workshop will be held in the participating countries. The Swedish Phase workshop will be carried out in Sweden.


Phase 1
Inception workshop

(5-6 days including travels)

More exact location to be decided

After confirmed selection, the participants will be contacted by a programme manager at ICLD and invited to the Inception workshop.

The participants and the programme management develop a shared understanding of the content, structure, methodology and management of the programme. Topics addressed in this workshop, among others: teambuilding and networking, developing the change process, and introduction to the Sustainable Development Goals. The tuition during the inception workshop consists of group discussions and lectures with a combination of Swedish and/or international experts from the region.

The Inception workshop will be held over the course of three days in one of the participating countries.

Work with the Change Process (6-7 months, in home country)

Back in their respective local communities the participants will continue to develop their Change Process. Participants will actively use web-based tools for interaction with facilitators and other participants.


Phase 2
Swedish Phase workshop

(2 weeks in Sweden including travels)

Participants will meet in Sweden for a cultural exchange, advanced leadership training, introduction to Swedish women politicians/mentors and a two-day study visit to a Swedish municipality or region. Topics of study will include, among others: the Swedish model of governance, gender equality and good governance, anti corruption, communication skills and how to be a good role model among other things. Tuition consists of interactive lectures and group discussions with Swedish and international experts combined with study excursions, group work and discussions.


Phase 3
Final workshop

(5 days including travels)

More exact location to be decided

The participants and the Swedish mentors meet in one of the participating countries. The goal of this workshop is to summarize and share the challenges, opportunities and
lessons learned throughout the programme. The participants will present their Change Process results. The programme also includes study visits and lectures provided by the ICLD and relevant lecturers. This workshop marks the formal end of the programme.


Learning processes

The programme employs a mixture of pedagogical methods such as lectures, group work, forum discussions, study visits and facilitated support by the assigned mentors. Support for planning, implementation and evaluation of the Change Project is mainstreamed throughout the whole programme. The number of participants is limited to 25 in order to ensure a close working relationship between participants, ICLD-staff, mentors and lecturers.

Management and staff

All the three phases of the International Training Programme are carried out under the support and management of the ICLD. In addition, the programme is supported by Swedish mentors being selected by the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR).


Projektområde
Inclusive leadership and governance

Programme objectives

The programme aims to provide the following changes in the participant: 

  • Empower the participant with improved leadership skills  
  • Help the participant to fully utilize the power and influence of her position  
  • Strengthen her as a role model to encourage political participation among marginalized groups  
  • Give her access to a network of women in similar positions

During the training, the participant will work on her change process and implement a strategy to make the local authority equitable, participatory, transparent and accountable. 


Benefits:

  • Valuable exchange of knowledge and experiences
  • Extended regional and international networks
  • Improved skills as a “change agent” in initiating and implementing instituational change
  • Skills and abilities to communicate and advocate on issues of inclusive governance
  • Three-day study-visit in a Swedish municipality or region
  • Support to improve participation, equality, transparency and accountability in the local governance

What we will offer:

  • Advanced training in communication, strategic planning and leadership
  • Swedish mentorship including an individual three-day study visit in a Swedish municipality or region
  • International exposure to different political experiences
  • An opportunity for your municipality to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

How?

  • Through skills training workshops on site or digitally
  • Identification of challenges and finding solutions to issues faced by women politicians
  • By offering strategic support and coaching from ICLD staff and mentors
  • In sharing of professional obstacles and successes in an inclusive environment

Change process

The participant is expected to develop and work with a change process of her choice during the training. The change process should address a real problem of concern to the politician, thus contribute to translating the theoretical content of the training programme into capacity development and institutional change within her municipality. The change process aims to increase political accountability, helping leading politicians to better respond to the needs of the citizens. An outline of the problem to be addressed by the change process shall be submitted as part of the application, and plays a key role in the selection of participants. The change process requires strong commitment and involvement of the politician and should lead to the proposal of a solution. Keep in mind that there is NO funding available from ICLD for project implementation.


Projektområde
Inclusive leadership and governance

Political and Social Inclusion in Asian Cities – Indonesia Case Study

This study examines the relationships between local democracy and the barriers to political and social inclusion of marginalized communities in two cities, Bandung as an example of metropolitan city, and Surakarta to give the perspective of a middle-sized city.

The research questions are:

  • what are the barriers to political and social inclusion of the marginalized groups in cities
  • to what extent and how are the marginalized groups engaged in mechanisms and processes of local democracy
  • what are the policy options, innovations and good practices to meet the needs and aspirations of marginalized groups and contribute to the achievement of SDG 11?

Since Indonesia has implemented decentralization reforms, basic service delivery is carried out by local governments. The central government primarily facilitates local government with funding and policies such as slum improvements and financial support for the poor. A central theme in both central government policies and local government programs is the empowerment of marginalized communities of both their mindset and skills to earn their own money.

The respondents in both cities actively participate in local democracy. They often – actively and voluntarily – vote in community-level leadership elections. In both cities, female participation in public affairs is high and women have an equal role to men. Newcomers are also generally considered to fully participate in public affairs. The high level of participation seems limited to local government levels. On the city level, only half of the respondents know about development plans and hardly anyone is aware of city budget discussions.

Typ av publikation
Related Research
Projektområde
Inclusive leadership and governance
Globala mål
11 - Hållbara städer och samhällen

Access to Urban Services for Inclusive Development in Asia

Rapid urban growth has not benefited all residents equally, leading to an “urban divide”. The poor are left to bear most of the burdens and shortcomings particularly in terms of access to services. Despite its contribution to economic development, urbanization has led to an increasing incidence of urban poverty and inequity, deteriorating quality of the urban environment, unplanned growth of peri-urban areas and deficiencies in access to basic urban services, including water supply and sanitation, urban shelter, waste management, energy, transport and health.

Urban poverty is mired in crime and violence, congestion, and exposure to pollution,and often a lack of familiar social and community networks. Rapid urban growth has not benefited all residents equally, leading to an “urban divide”. A typical slum household suffers from several deprivations including lack of access to improved water and sanitation, insecure land tenure, unreliable power supply and intermittent water availability, insufficient treatment of wastewater, poor drainage and flooding, and uncollected garbage.

To the research project

Typ av publikation
Policy Briefs
Projektområde
Inclusive leadership and governance
Globala mål
10 - Minskad ojämlikhet11 - Hållbara städer och samhällen16 - Fredliga och inkluderande samhällen

Snabb urbanisering leder till ojämlikhet i asiatiska städer

Studierna har utförts av forskningsteam i Indonesien, Indien, Kina, Pakistan och Vietnam med hjälp av institutionella analyser, intervjuer med nyckelpersoner och undersökningar av utvalda slumkvarter eller kåkstäder i minst två städer i varje land.
Var det någonting i studien ”Access to Urban Services” som förvånade dig?
– Resultaten i Indien visar att det lokala deltagandet var större hos marginaliserade grupper i bosättningar som saknade tillgång till urbana tjänster. Den gängse uppfattningen är annars att det är medelklassen och uppåt som har tillgång till dessa tjänster som kan sätta större press underifrån, säger Shabbir Cheema, senior fellow för forskningsprogrammet på East-West Center och medlem av ICLD:s Advisory Group.

Vad förväntar du dig av workshoppen?
– Att det ska bli ett diskussionsforum för att utveckla partnerorganisationernas kapacitet och främja samarbetet mellan ICLD och dess partnerorganisationer.
En viktig del av workshoppen var presentationen av studierna, inklusive undersökningarna av utvalda slumkvarter och kåkstäder – både för att finslipa slutsatserna och rekommendationerna och för att dela innovationer och bästa tillvägagångssätt kring urbana decentraliseringsprogram och samhällsbaserade initiativ.

Studien visar bland annat att den urbana befolkningen i Asien har vuxit snabbt de senaste 50 åren och att trenden förväntas fortsätta. Under det kommande decenniet beräknas två tredjedelar av befolkningstillväxten i världens städer ske i Asien. Redan nu finns tolv av världens 21 megastäder i Asien.
Hur skulle du beskriva situationen med megastäder i Asien? Är det kris, oroväckande eller hanterbart?
– Det är allt från kris till hanterbart.
Har du noterat någon politisk vilja att ta tag i problemen på dessa områden?
– Många politiska ledare erkänner att städerna borde hanteras bättre, inte bara för att främja landets ekonomiska tillväxt, utan också för att ge den sittande regeringen en större politisk legitimitet.

Den snabba urbaniseringshastigheten har inte gynnat alla invånare, vilket har skapat klyftor i städerna. Enligt studien är det fattiga som drabbas värst av brister och nackdelar, i synnerhet vad gäller tillgång till urbana tjänster.
Vilka är de viktigaste åtgärderna för att lindra de fattigas utsatta situation i städerna?
– Tillgång till vatten, sanitet och avfallshantering för att undvika hälsorisker, och bättre bostäder.
Vilka är de största hindren eller utmaningarna för att förbättra situationen i megastäder?
– Jag skulle säga konkurrensen om otillräckliga resurser, en begränsad kapacitet och koordination hos statliga myndigheter och bristande administrativ kapacitet och resursbas hos kommunala myndigheter.

För att främja politisk och social inkludering måste även marginaliserade grupper engageras i den lokala demokratins strukturer och processer, visar studien.
Är de lokala demokratierna tillräckligt starka för att driva genom förändringarna?
– I de flesta fall är de demokratiska institutionerna under utveckling, men det finns stora skillnader. Indien och Indonesien har starkare lokala demokratimekanismer, medan Kina och Vietnam har ett annat politiskt system.
Hur kan marginaliserade och fattiga invånare göra sina röster hörda och skapa förändring i sina samhällen?
– Inledningsvis genom att stärka de utsatta gruppernas lokala organisationer så att de kan skapa ett tryck underifrån. Och därefter göra beslutsfattare på stads- och regeringsnivå mer medvetna om den bristfälliga tillgången till urbana tjänster för kvinnor, unga och marginaliserade grupper.

Workshoppens mål är att skapa en bättre förståelse av de barriärer som förhindrar tillgång till urbana tjänster för att underlätta välgrundade politiska beslut.
Vilken roll kan information och utbildning spela för att bekämpa fattigdom och ojämlikhet?
– Informationen och utbildningens roll är att skapa en större medvetenhet hos både beslutsfattare och lokala invånare om behovet att bekämpa fattigdom och ojämlikhet. Men det är en lång process som också styrs av landets resursbas, kärnvärden i nationella makroekonomiska policyer, nationell ledarsk

Towards a democratic and equitable health system. Project 2: Building citizens health-literacy and intrinsic motivation to becoming co-creators in health promotion

In many parts of the world infectious diseases are severely under-reported, sometimes because of lack of diagnostic capacity and statistics, but sometimes as a conscious decision to protect economic and political interests. This approach is not consistent with good democracy and threaten especially those people already struggling to defend themselves because of poverty or lack of education. Lack of understanding of when, where, how and who suffer from these conditions affect the individual and the society’s ability to prevent spread of infections. Mosquito-borne diseases like dengue fever is no exception. 

This is one of three sub-projects within the framework of a well-established collaboration between Västerbotten County Council and Yogyakarta City Government addressing the development of a more sustainable, transparent and democratic health system, using dengue fever as a model. 

This project (2) aims to improve the citizens’ health literacy; the motivation and ability of individuals to gain access to, understand and use information in ways which promote and maintain good health, and a community-based structure that empower the people to become co-creator of their own health. This work includes establishing clear roles and mandates in the community and to create trust in structures on community as well as governmental level.

Projektområde
Health
Svensk partner
Region Västerbotten
Internationell partner
Yogyakarta City Government

Towards a democratic and equitable health system. Project 3: Co-created communication channels and systems for increased collaboration between authorities and citizens

Much of the world’s infectious diseases are severely under-reported, sometimes because of lack of capacity to diagnose and statistics but also as a conscious decision to protect the economic and political interests. This approach is not consistent with a good democracy and threaten especially those people who are already struggling to defend themselves because of poverty or lack of education. Lack of understanding of when, where, how and who suffer from these conditions affect the individual as well as society’s ability to prevent the spread of infection. Mosquito-borne diseases like dengue fever is no exception.
 
This is one of three sub-projects within the framework of a well-established collaboration between the Västerbotten County Council and the Yogyakarta City Government who addressed the development of a more sustainable, transparent and democratic health system of dengue fever as a model. 

This project (Project 3) aims to support the development of robust, transparent and sustainable internal and external communication systems, including channels and messages tailored to targeted and segmented population groups and with citizen-based feedback loops, to promote health equity and health literacy, and strengthen the trust and collaboration between the health authority and the community.

Projektområde
Health
Svensk partner
Växjö Kommun
Internationell partner
Yogyakarta City Government

Towards a democratic and equitable health system – Project 1: Information systems for transparency and inclusion

Infectious diseases are severely under-reported global, sometimes because of lack of capacity to diagnose and report disease cases, but also as a conscious decision to protect economic and political interests. This approach is not consistent with a good democracy and threatens especially those who are already vulnerable, poor or uneducated. Lack of understanding of when, where, how and who suffer from these conditions affect the individual as well as society’s ability to prevent the spread of infection. Mosquito-borne diseases, such as dengue fever are no exception.

This is one of three projects within the framework of a well-established collaboration between Västerbotten County Council and the Yogyakarta City Government, who has jointly addressed the development of a more sustainable, transparent and democratic health system with dengue fever as a model. 

This project (Project 1) aims to create a more transparent health authority equipped with political will as well as tools that enables sharing of disease-related information, such as disease statistics, forecasts and decisions about preventive activities, with the citizen, but also two-way communication channels that enables the individual citizen to influence these decisions.

Projektområde
Health
Svensk partner
Region Västerbotten
Internationell partner
Yogyakarta City Government

Helsingborg and Probolinggo, Indonesia

Project: Sustainable bike lanes

This project aims to strengthen and enhance the cooperation between the cities, and serves to increase local democracy. The project will strengthen three of ICLD’s four cores of cooperation. To increase participation, strengthen equity and fair treatment of citizens and increase transparency, the cities have chosen a common focus – bicycles and cyclism.

Better options and opportunities for cyclists in Probolinggo is thought to be strong democratic tool, as bikes is an equal form of transport available to many regardless of economic status. The municipal organization also has a need of participatory design and to include citizens in mapping and planning future bikepaths. Probolinggo has also expressed an interest in creating a more efficient and resilient organization, which could serve to increase transparency. Focusing on a specific topic of sustainable development and urban planning is the best way to make use of Helsingborgs’ competences and expertise.

During this project the residents of Probolinggo will participate in mapping and planning an improving the grid of secure transport-ways and bicycle paths, and the municipal organization will gain the sufficient knowledge and tools needed to execute the plan activities and physical objectives.

Projektområde
Urban planning
Globala mål
11 - Hållbara städer och samhällen
Svensk partner
Helsingborgs stad
Internationell partner
Probolinggo