While the extractive industries sector in Indonesia is well known for its widespread rent-seeking, opaque licensing rules and assertive resource nationalism, a small but growing number of civil society organisations is trying to alter the sector’s reputation through initiatives that aim to increase transparency and accountability.
Who are these groups and how do they operate? How are they linked to broader transnational advocacy networks and how do they interact with government and business actors in Indonesia? What successes have they had? What challenges do they experience? To discuss these and other related issues, new Talking Indonesia host Dr Dirk Tomsa speaks to international relations expert Dr Poppy Sulistyaning Winanti, vice dean of the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at Gadjah Mada University (UGM) in Yogyakarta, and a visiting scholar at the University of Melbourne.
In 2017, the Talking Indonesia podcast is co-hosted by Dr Dave McRae from the University of Melbourne’s Asia Institute, Dr Jemma Purdey from Monash University, Dr Charlotte Setijadi from the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore and Dr Dirk Tomsa from La Trobe University.
Photo by Department of Politics and Government/Regina Knowledge Hub at UGM.