CCES (Center fo Civic Engagement & Studies)

Pusat Kajian dan Penguatan Kewargaan

The Urgency and roles of the Organization

Based on the context and arguments above, apparently it is necessary to take new measures for conducting the change with emphasis on the strengthening of the ability of civil societies to comprehend the process of democratic transformation that is more fundamental and substantial. It needs any organization that concentrates on constructing the pillars of civil societies and helping them strengthen their capacity to engage with media in influencing strategic policies and creating alternatives spaces that are more expressive in the process of democratic transition. It is expected that this organization is able to participate in encouraging the increasing of the quality of advocacy conducted by civil societies, media and other actors aiming to enforce the principles of good governance both from supply side (the State’s roles) and from demand side (the roles of civil societies and media)

The efforts of increasing the quality of advocacy are done through various researches on the needs of advocacy, both for the issues that have been stated previously and the issues that will be developed later as long as meeting with the conditions of civil rights enforcement and opening opportunity for people at every level to participate in decision making process from planning, budgeting to monitoring.

Besides through particular research of advocacy needs, the institution is also able to do evaluative researches and monitoring of the results of programs related to any advocacy aimed to make sure program implementation runs on the right track. In addition, the institution also provides capacity building for various actors from both supply side – including legislative – and demand side in order that they are able to strengthen their participation in planning and budgeting, conducting advocacy, implementing the results of advocacy and monitoring the recommendations of advocacy results.

Limited organization is also possible to do as an effort of developing alternative spaces that can strengthen the process of democratic transition as well as increasing the quality of governance at all level of decision making.

This institution will also encourage the strengthening of civil society organizations and grassroots groups through assistance and advocacy orientated on opening spaces of expression and dialog with all relevant parties.

The engagement quality improvement is expected to have an impact on the quality of the change itself. Thus, in turn, the process of democratic transition that has lasted this long in Indonesia will be able to obtain positive results and maturity of each actor will be built with a variety of alternative spaces that were agreed as part of the dialogue and space of new or renewed negotiations.

There are three main objectives declared by the CCES organization as a measure that can be measured in real terms to see the quality of the changes, i.e:

  1. Increasing the State’s responsibility to the public as it has been declared in the constitution.
  2. Increasing influence of civil society in the decision-making process and its implementations
  3. Increasing the quality of the social responsibility of the capital owners

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Memperkuat Pilar-Pilar Alternatif bagi Masyarakat Sipil dan Sektor Media dalam Transformasi Demokrasi


Konteks Gagasan

Perjalanan demokratisasi Indonesia begitu dinamis. Capaian perubahan formal dan instrumental, paling tidak dalam cakupan liberalisasi politik dan kebebasan media massa, berlangsung begitu meyakinkan. Sejak dibukanya ruang partisipasi bertajuk reformasi, arus partisipasi begitu deras, peran dan pengaruh masyarakat sipil untuk menjadi bagian proses pengambilan kebijakan makin meningkat (Yappika, 2013). Kisah-kisah positif baik di tingkat nasional maupun lokal, dalam sejumlah kasus layak diapresiasi (IRE, 2012). Pada ukuran elementer yang ditandai terbitnya regulasi, skema rogram pembangunan, dan rangkaian agenda pembaharuan skema pengambilan keputusan strategis sektor ekonomi dan politik menjadi sinyal produk reformasi.

Namun sayangnya, dalam prosesnya, kualitas yang berlangsung serta hasilnya belum optimal. Bahkan, dapat dikata mandeg jika tidak boleh disebut kian menyusut. Reaksi dan respon kritis bermunculan. Diantaranya adalah gugatan atas demokrasi prosedural yang dianggap telah banyak terkooptasi oleh praktek-praktek korup didalamnya, selain problem oligarkhi yang menimpa lembaga-lembaga representasi politik (Demos, 2009). Ketegangan karena politik identitas, money politic, korupsi yang masih merajalela (ICW, 2012), dan penyelenggaraan keuangan pemerintahan yang tidak transparan dan mismanajemen (Fitra, 2013) serta ragam masalah-masalah hukum yang membayangi gerak demokrasi menjadi peringatan serius agar segera membenahi situasi tersebut. Tentu masih banyak catatan lain yang dapat dikemukakan di sini.

Sistem yang dinilai demokratis, salah satunya ditandai semakin banyaknya peran rakyat didalam pengambilan keputusan pada berbagai hal dan tingkatan. Jika dilihat dalam hal ini tentu kita bisa mengukur-ukur sejauh mana sistem politik pemerintahan di Indonesia sudah mengadaptasi nilai-nilai tersebut di atas. Adakah upaya-upaya yang sudah dilakukan untuk memperkuat pilar-pilar warga agar proses transisi bisa berjalan lebih baik menuju tatanan sistem demokrasi yang ideal?