Harlans Fachra

Ashoka Fellow
Bandung, Jawa Barat, Indonesia
Fellow Since 2004
Related TopicsCivic Engagement, Corruption


This profile was prepared when Harlans Fachra was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2004.
The New Idea
Corruption in Indonesia is an epidemic problem, infecting the government, the courts, private business, education, and civil society organizations.
Not only does this cost the country millions of dollars every year, but it also undermines people’s faith in the system. The real victims are the ordinary people, most of whom are so accustomed to living amidst massive corruption that have long since ceased regarding it as anything extraordinary and instead consider it a fact of life.
Since high officials would rather ignore the problem, Harlans believes that the only way to change the system is to get citizens involved. People must understand not only the systemic nature of Indonesian corruption, but also how it has harmed them in almost every aspect of their daily lives. He aims to educate the common people to recognize the effects of corruption and provide them with the means to confront it. Harlans and fellow activists have established West Java Corruption Watch as a grassroots tool against corruption, helping citizens to understand corruption and organize against it. Harlans and his team have already established a network of over 30 organizations in 22 provinces building awareness and support at the community level.
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