HKS Indonesia Program
HKS Indonesia Program

The World's First Majority-Muslim Democracy

As the world’s third largest democracy and the first majority-Muslim democracy, Indonesia continues to be an important model for positive institutional change. Over the last sixteen years, Indonesia has transformed itself from an authoritarian state into a multi-party democracy with direct election of village chiefs up to the president. In July 2014 Indonesian voters selected their first president in this new “reformasi” era not connected to the Suharto regime, Joko Widodo, in a hotly contested but peaceful election, which is an encouraging referendum on the future of democracy in Indonesia.
Launched in 2010 with a $10.5 million gift from the Rajawali Foundation, the Harvard Kennedy School Indonesia Program promotes research, education, and capacity building in support of democratic governance and institutional development in Indonesia

Studying Indonesia's Democracy

The HKS Indonesia Program develops research projects on key policy challenges facing the country and develops custom executive education programs for senior Indonesian policymakers and leaders that are delivered at Harvard Kennedy School and in Indonesia. The Program also offers research fellowships to support Indonesian students and scholars participating in degree courses and executive education programs at Harvard. Its robust student research grant program encourages students to pursue a diverse range of research projects about and in Indonesia.

HKS Indonesia Program

Academic Director of the Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia Jay Rosengard (far left) speaking on a panel at the 2014 Asia Public Policy Forum.