DFID to Support Upcoming Elections in Indonesia

The Department for International Development will advocate for democratic elections in Indonesia as it did in 2004. For the upcoming 2009 race, the agency has recently launched a GBP1 million (US$1.5 million) contribution to the U.N. Development Program's Trust Fund. DFID's support focuses on increasing women's registration and political participation, Devex Early Intelligence learned from an agency official in Jakarta.

This is part of DFID's 2008-2011 regular bilateral development assistance to the Southeast Asian country amounting to GBP50 million (US$73.7 million). Fund allocations will go to three broad areas: governance and decentralization; health; and the environment.

Apart from these priority sectors, the agency is also providing post disaster construction assistance to Aceh, Nias, Yogyakarta, and Central Java.

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