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.
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