Democracy vibrant in Indonesia — UNDP

    UNDP’s Douglas Broderick on elections in Indonesia

    On July 9, the world’s third-largest democracy and largest Muslim-majority country goes to the polls to elect a new president.

    For Indonesia, an archipelago spread over 3,000 miles and composed of numerous ethnic and linguistic groups, that expression of political franchise is no small order. Aid groups like the U.N. Development Program have been working in the leadup to support the vote — and a vibrant democratic society.

    What should we expect from this election?

    Devex spoke with Douglas Broderick, UNDP’s resident coordinator in Jakarta, to learn more about the unique challenges electoral processes — and governance in general — pose for a country of such stunning diversity, geographic reach and economic dynamism.

    Aid groups looking to manage programs across those environments face similar challenges, and Broderick reflected on the lessons he has learned from overseeing UNDP’s efforts to support civil society groups, local leaders and women’s political participation in the country.

    Click on the above clip for more highlights from our conversation.

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      Michael Igoe is a Senior Reporter with Devex, based in Washington, D.C. He covers U.S. foreign aid, global health, climate change, and development finance. Prior to joining Devex, Michael researched water management and climate change adaptation in post-Soviet Central Asia, where he also wrote for EurasiaNet. Michael earned his bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College, where he majored in Russian, and his master’s degree from the University of Montana, where he studied international conservation and development.

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