By Inaya Rakhmani, Arnaldo Pellini and Yenti Nurhidayat
Indonesia is the largest economy in Southeast Asia but ranks only 88th (out of 167 countries) in Transparency International’s 2015 Corruption Perception Index. Anti-corruption reforms in Indonesia have been slow due to generalised expenditure inefficiencies, and the misuse both at national and local levels of public funds. The government is trying to address these issues but these efforts also require the involvement of non-state actors. Civil society organisations, have been involved in this policy issue since 1998. SEKNAS FITRA is one of them. This policy research and advocacy organisation has played a prominent role to push for more budget transparency in Indonesia. This working paper describes how SEKNAS FITRA has evolved over the years and how, by linking policy research and advocacy, it has become a key non-state actor in this policy area.