CGG – Everything’s new this summer

September 4, 2012 Comments off

With the end of the assignment of Dr. Christoph Behrens for the Provincial Government of Yogyakarta in August 2012, the Yogyakarta Office of the Center for Good Governance has moved to a new location. You find CGG now at the Faculty for Public Management and Politics of Muhammadiyah University Yogyakarta. At the same time, the third branch of CGG in Banda Aceh was launched by signing of an MoU between CGG and the research network ICAIOS.









With this short info, also this Blog as information platform for our network is going to be closed down. For future updates and information, a new CGG website is in preparation and will be launched soon.

Thank you for following us here over the last years and see you again soon in our new virtual home!

Photos: CGG Yogya’s Team in the new location at Muhammadiyah Universiy Yogyakarta; signing of MoU between ICAIOS and CGG by Dr. Saiful Mahdi and Prof.Dr.Christoph Behrens on 3 August 2012 in Banda Aceh

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Towards Sustainability: the NEXUS approach

March 21, 2012 Comments off

To link up sector policies under one umbrella, leading to more sustainable development, is the goal of the NEXUS approach, an initiative of the German Government.

Food Security, Water and Energy are the targeted areas for NEXUS, which was presented by Prof.Dr.Adrian Atkinson in a forum discussion at the Center for Good Governance in Yogyakarta on 9 April. Yogyakarta is one of the cities around five asian countries, that were selected for the start phase of the project. The forum discussion gave an opportunity for stakeholders who work on Food Security, Water and Energy Supply, to exchange their perspectives and experience for the region of Yogyakarta, and to contribute to the future project design. Government Officials, NGOs, private sector initiatives and academics followed the invitation.

Photo: Participants of the forum discussion on 9 April. In the middle: Prof.Dr.Adrian Atkinson


Two weeks before, the International Conference ICoSI on Sustainable Innovation was forum for an exchange of perspectives on ways to reach more sustainablity and to ensure a professional management of todays’ development challenges. Coming to a balance between tradition and innovation was one of the key messages of ICoSI. The Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia, Prof.Boediono, contributed an opening speech, critizising a mere focus on quantitative economic growth. The participants agreed on a strengthening of efforts to redefine development along values and targets beyond that, emphazising the need to align innovation with the need of the people. In a programmatic speech the Chairperson of the Board of Muhammadiyah, Prof.Dr. Din Syamsuddin highlighted the important role of Civil Society and organisations such as Muhammadiyah in this context. He called upon participants to contribute to a new concept for development and innovation in a broad interdisciplinary academic dialogue.

CGG Director Prof.Dr.Christoph Behrens contributed a micro analysis on obstacles for Professionalism and Sustainability in Government Policy. Result of the case study, performed together with Prof.Dr. Achmad Nurmandi and CGG researcher Yacinta Esti, are six success factors for sustainable Stratgic Management in Government Organisations. For Indonesia, they called for a replacement of the inefficient Musrenbang Process by a professional Public Management approach.

Photos: Opening Plenary Session in Muhammadiyah University Yogyakarta.

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2012: New Chances for Internships and Assignments @ CGG

December 3, 2011 Comments off

In 2012, the Center for Good Governance is offering new opportunities for Internships and for Assignments at its office in Yogyakarta, and for the first time as well in Jakarta and in Berlin/Germany. Interested young professionals and students are encouraged to send their application now.

Assignments at CGG for a time up to two years are in preparation on Policy Making and Strategic Networking with National and International Partner Organisations, among others on the field of Regional Economic Development (with a special focus on Tourism sector and creative industry), E-Government / Innovative Governance, Social Inclusion and Strategic Support for Local Governments in Indonesia. Eligable candidates will be young professionals of any nationality who complete in 2012 their Master Study (Public Policy, Law, Economy, Pedagogics, Social Sciences or other qualified academic background), preferably in Germany, with a strong committment to the goals of Development Cooperation, excellent knowledge of the framework of Good Governance and first practical experiences.

Internships at CGG will be possible in 2012 with a focus on Strategic Management and Organisational Development, research projects in various thematic fields with partner universities, international cooperation, comparative Governance and in several policy fields. Internships are offered for students (Master and Bachelor) from universities in Indonesia and in other countries (preferably ASEAN region and Germany). Duration of internships: between three and six months. Expected is a strong interest in Development Cooperation and Policy Making, and a good knowledge of Indonesia and current political developments.

Excellent social skills, proficiency in English and in use of modern communication technology are expected from all candidates.

After the reorganisation in the last quarter of 2011, CGG is setting up new teams both in Jakarta and in Yogyakarta. We will expand our activities in cooperation with old and new partners. This is the chance for young professionals to join, to gather practical work experience and to contribute own ideas“, CGG Director Dr. Christoph Behrens said on occasion of the annual planning conference in Yogyakarta.

More information on Internships at CGG are available here.

Photos: In the middle: CGG Team in October 2011. Bottom: Cooperation projects in 2011. Left: Workshop on Swedish Partnership Program with the International Center for Local Democracy (ICLD) in Yogyakarta; right: Visit at exhibition and fair “Moderner Staat” (Modern Governance) in Berlin/Germany with a delegation of the Association of Indonesian Provinces (APPSI).

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CGG Office Jakarta launched

October 21, 2011 Comments off

The second office of the Center for Good Governance has been launched on 20 October 2011 with a short ceremony at the Islamic State University in Jakarta. The Dean of the Faculty for Economy, Prof.Abdul Hamid, and CGG Director Dr. Christoph Behrens signed a Memorandum of Understanding about future cooperation.

“Focal point of our new Office for the Capital Region Jakarta will be research on effectiveness of Governance Reform, mutual concepts of CGG, UIN and other partners on competency development to achieve Better Governance, and international cooperation” Dr.Behrens outlined to guests of the ceremony. Head of the new office is Ms.Isna Safri.


A seminar held on occasion of CGG Jakarta’s opening, focussed on lesson’s learned from the process of Governance Modernization in Indonesia since 1998. Participants exchanged their analysis on successful and less successful developments, supporting factors, and discussed in how far other reform countries can learn from Indonesia’s Modernization process. DAAD Lecturer Prof.Dr.Margareth Gfrerer contributed experiences with success indicators from the economic sector. The following discussion on a broad approach for analysis of reform progress reflected similarities and differences between Indonesia and the muslim reform countries of North Africa.

Photo: Discussion on “Lessons Learned” from Indonesia’s reform process on the TV screen at UIN. From left: CGG Director Dr.Christoph Behrens, First Secretary of the Tunisian Embassy to Indonesia Ms.Sihem El Hamdi, DAAD Lecturer Prof.Dr.Margareth Gfrerer and Dean of Faculty for Economy at UIN, Prof.Dr.Abdul Hamid.

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The Learning Administration

April 18, 2011 Comments off

On 15 April, the Center for Good Governance (CGG) and the Faculty for Social and Political Sciences of Muhammadiyah University Yogyakarta (UMY) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding about their cooperation. The MoU is part of a broader strategy of CGG to enhance the cooperation between Public Sector and Academic Sector in the region of Yogyakarta. The ceremony at the Governor’s Office in Kepatihan/Yogyakarta was attended by the heads of key administrations of the provincial government.

In his speech, CGG Director Dr. Christoph Behrens summarized the way the Provincial Government has gone so far on the way towards a modern civil service: “The new framework we have developed mutually will lead to an optimized management of Human Resources, to better working conditions for the individual civil servant and thus to a more effective and efficient civil service, reaching  better results for Yogyakarta and its people. Yet part of the message of Administrative Reform is too, that improvement of performance will be a permanent task. The mission is: to become a learning organisation.”

Muhammadiyah University Yogyakarta will contribute its expertise particularly to analysing and documenting the achieved progress. But also exchange of lecturers and research projects in the field of Governance and Economy are targeted, as the Dean of the Faculty, Dr. Achmad Nurmandi pointed out. Students of UMY have the chance to make an internship at CGG in order to complement their studies with practical experiences in the field of Governance.

Yogyakarta’s Regional Secretary Ir. Triharjun Ismaji, M.Sc who hosted the ceremony at Kepatihan, emphazised the importance of cooperation between public and academic sector for the further development of the region, its economy and civil service.

Photo above: Regional Secretary of the Provincial Government of Yogyakarta Ir. Triharjun Ismaji, M.Sc with Dr. Achmad Nurmandi and Dr. Christoph Behrens. Below left: exchange of MoUs between UMY and CGG. Below right: Regional Secretary Ir. Triharjun Ismaji, M.Sc during his speech.

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One year @ CGG – Outlook 2011

February 6, 2011 Comments off

Dear colleagues, cooperation partners and readers of our Blog!

The Center for Good Governance has opened the doors of its new rooms in Yogyakarta one year ago in January 2010 – time for a short review and summary.

Set up as a new approach of consulting and capacity building for a government, we have collected our first experiences and learned our lessons: surprising and motivating success as well as unexpected problems and external events that influenced our work. An overwhelming experience for many of us has been the natural disaster that hit the area of Yogyakarta and Central Java in der last quarter of 2010: the eruption of Mt. Merapi and following problems with wide devastation of landscape by landslides.

Our focal point in the last year has been Monitoring and Evaluation of the process of administrative reform at Pemprov DIY. Before, we had delivered on time the results of our conceptual work in January 2010: a draft for a Governor Regulation on Career Pattern for Civil Service and a basic concept for modernization of the Education & Training Sector. The results had been accomplished in close cooperation between Yogyakarta’s provincial administrations and the team of CGG, and they are exemplaric for the way which lays ahead for the Public Sector in Indonesia. During our work on Public Administration Reform, it was possible to to set milestones also in other fields. One of them: the regional law on HIV and AIDS, developed mutually by government and NGOs, facilitated by CGG, enacted on World AIDS Day (1 Dec 2010). We have extended our network of cooperation, partically with other provincial governments in Indonesia and abroad, and with universities.

In 2011, CGG will have a new focal point: the improvement of Government Performance in the field of Regional Economic Development by promoting Public Private Partnership, and by strengthening topic related networking with other stakeholders in private and academic sector, complemented by capacity development on individual level for decision makers in key administrations, using the whole range of Human Resources Management instruments. For this, we will have additional capacity in our team, and we will set links with partners outside the Provincial Government, who provide expertise and experience. Monitoring and Evaluation of the Reform Process in Yogyakarta will continue and lead to a Dialogue on Effectiveness, highlighting success factors and strategic approaches for successful and sustainable development.

Also in 2011, CGG is offering the opportunity to take part in these activities, to contribute both by teaching and learning. Internship opportunities are available on several issues – so if you are interested to join our team for a limited time of three until six months, apply now. And we offer projects for volunteers, who want to contribute to an even closer indonesian-german cooperation this year. More details soon here in this blog.

Finally: Thank you for all your support in 2010! And please continue to support us – be part of the CGG family also in 2011!

Dr. Christoph Behrens, Director Center for Good Governance Yogyakarta

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World AIDS Day: DIY enacts Regional Law

November 30, 2010 Comments off


World AIDS Day is celebrated on December 1 each year around the world.

It has become one of the most recognised international health days and a key opportunity to raise awareness, commemorate those who have passed on, and celebrate progress such as increased access to treatment and prevention services.

In Indonesia, treatment and drugs are free of charge for citizens. But dealing with HIV and AIDS is still a difficult issue and facing discrimination remains an every day experience for many people with HIV infection. Singapore for example rejects immigration for visitors, who are HIV positive.

“Source of legal and social discrimination is often insufficient knowledge about the risks of HIV/AIDS, but also stigmatization of groups such as drug users or LGBTI”, stated CGG Director Dr. Christoph Behrens on occasion of World AIDS Day 2010. “Targets of a successful prevention strategy therefor are to increase knowledge and to reduce prejudices. CGG is providing a supportive environment for people with an HIV infection and working on improvement of the legal framework at the same time”.

In 2010, the Center for Good Governance has supported the development of a regional Law on HIV/AIDS for DI Yogyakarta.

“The law has been approved by the Regional Parliament and signed by the Governor. It will come into effect starting December 1st 2010 to mark the world AIDS day”, summarized Yuventius Nicky, Advisor for Good Governance at CGG, who facilitated negotiations on the bill between the Regional Health Authority and NGOs.

HIV and AIDS are a growing problem for Indonesia.

As the Indonesian National Family Planning Agency (BKKBN) has just outlined in a new survey, 49.3 percent of HIV infections here resulted from heterosexual intercourse, while injections accounted for 40.4 percent and homosexual intercourse for 3.3 percent. More than 78 percent of Indonesia’s estimated 3.2 million drug users were teenagers. On this background, prevention strategies have to focus on young people, support using condoms and stop needle sharing among drug users.

To combat HIV infections, AIDS and other diseases is the 6th of the eight Millenium Development Goals and therefor a key issue in the promotion of Good Governance.

Find here the Regional Law on HIV and AIDS of DI Yogyakarta.

More details on the BKKBN survey can be found here.

More information on HIV/AIDS and on the World AIDS Day on the website of World AIDS Campaign (WAC).

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