Rinto Adriono

Ashoka Fellow
Indonesia
Fellow Since 2005

Citation

This profile was prepared when Rinto Adriono was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2005.
The New Idea
Throughout Indonesia, a growing awareness of corruption and money politics has led to public outcry. Communities are seeing that their elected officials and the local governments they lead are not providing basic services such as health care, irrigation, education, and hunger relief. Rinto sees that part of the problem can be solved by enabling greater citizen involvement in directing public funds to the services that are most needed.
Through his School for Budget Advocacy, Rinto is helping citizens steer the budgeting process and set priorities that will guide funding decisions. He achieves this by reaching the people who work with communities and teaching them to undertake simple, but powerful budget analysis in their community outreach efforts. He then follows their progress with an eye for best practices and has begun building a story bank of successes: poor communities securing funds for programs that they really need. Through these stories, and through the growth of his program, Rinto aims to change the budgeting cycle to routinely include input from communities.
Several factors make Rinto’s idea particularly relevant in Indonesia today. District budgets are now published and available to everyone, a hopeful nod in the direction of transparency. In addition, districts have taken a larger role in collecting fees and taxes from citizens, which means that it is simple to calculate revenue and expense in terms of the taxes people pay and the public services rendered. Moreover, most planning regulations include a clause stating that the process should be “open” to the public, though the citizen sector has yet to invent ways to intercede. Finally, the growth in the number of citizen organizations working with communities makes possible the spread of Rinto’s work through existing channels.
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