Bandung Institute of Governance Studies (BIGS) was founded in 1999 and switched into a non-profit and non-government association in 2006. BIGS promotes a level playing field in Indonesia through civil society strengthening, democratization, and the development of transparent, participatory and accountable government institutions.
BIGS has focused on budget-related work since 2001. BIGS selectively works on issues involving education, health, economy, and the environment. BIGS’ main activities involve research and advocacy on the following issues: budget transparency, public service accountability, political process, and local and institutional development.
BIGS draws heavily on the support of national and international donors. It involves volunteers with knowledge and skills relevant to its organizational needs to support its work. It gets support from local and international partner organizations such as the following: International Budget Partnership (IBP), European Union, The Brookings Institution, Result for Development (R4D), the Minister of Women Empowerment of Republic Indonesia, National Democratic Institute (NDI), Local Governance Support Program (LGSP-USAID), Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ), Partnership for Economic Growth (PEG) USAID, Ford Foundation, Civil Society Support and Strengthening Program (CSSP) USAID and the World Bank (WB).
BIGS’ projects include the following:
-Monitoring on Ecosoc Rights Fulfillment both in Obligation of Conducts and Obligation of Results in Education, Health and Economic Sectors by Civil Society Engagement in Implementation of National Action Plan of Human Rights (RANHAM)
-Gender-Responsive Decentralized Governance in Kabupaten Bandung Barat
-Research and Advocacy of Public Expenditure Tracking Survey in Schools (Case studies in Kota Bandung and Kabupaten Bandung Barat) in Indonesia
-Advocacy in Promoting Budget Transparency and Accountability: The Initiative to Promote Citizen Budget in Indonesia
BIGS’ work involves creating equal access to information pertaining to the budget and the budget process. Since 2002, BIGS has published BUJET (Sundanese language for “budget”) magazine, with a circulation of 100, monthly. It includes articles on the impact of the budget on the various aspects of life of citizens.
BIGS tries to encourage and create justice and welfare society of Indonesia by encouraging civil society strengthening process, democratization and development of transparent, participatory and accountable government institutions.
-Developing and encouraging pro-people government policies
-Development and strengthening of civil society to allow them actively participate in public policy-making processes
-Developing transparent, participatory and accountable government
-Developing research and advocacy in governance, civil society and democracy issues
-Developing assistance, facilitation and promotion that strengthen civil society capacity
-Publishing and disseminating results of works in governance, civil society and democratization issues through seminar, workshops, discussion events, journals, books, media and other communication and information means.
-Developing effective media to build communication among civil society, government and parliament.