Transparency International Indonesia (TI-I) was established in Jakarta on 18 September 2000 by a number of anti- corruption activists and professionals committed to the creation of transparent and accountable government in Indonesia.  TI-I started as a chapter of  the Berlin-based Transparency International based in Germany,  but eventually acquired Indonesian Legal Status of an Association registered under Notary Act No. 3, (18-10-2000) signed by Public Notary Ayu Resmiyati, SH and the new Notary Act No. 43, signed by  Public Notary SP. Henny Singgih.

TI-I is unique among Indonesian NGOs in Indonesia because because it combines the work of a think-tank and a social movement organization.  As a think-tank, TI-I conducts policy reviews and policy or legal drafting, promote policy reforms within government and law enforcement agencies.  One of TI-I’s biggest achievement is to operationalize  anti-corruption approaches and tools into various policy areas such as procurement, transparency in public budgets and participatory budgeting.  One of TI-I’s strength is its annual survey and publication of the Corruption Perception Index for Indonesia (2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010), based on TI’s methodology of the International Corruption Perception Index.  The Indonesia CPI has now become one of the most important governance indicators used by policymakers and private sector in Indonesia to inform their policies. The Index is also useful for citizen-action groups and media to measure the progress of anti- corruption efforts in Indonesia. To further extend the anti-corruption movement to sub-national levels, TI-I has also conducted and published the Provincial Anti- Corruption Barometer, which was first conducted and published in the Province of Aceh.

On 2012-2012, TI Indonesia conduct Youth Integrity Survey (YIS) in Jakarta and local YIS in Nusa Tenggara Timur, Aceh and Jawa Timur  to measure the status of youth integrity and their perception toward corruption based on similar survey in South Korea between 2001 and 2009. The Indonesia first stage of YIS survey in Jakarta already published on  May 2013 and the local YIS survey will be published on October 2013.

As a social movement organization, TI-I is active in public campaigns to increase public awareness about the importance of combatting corruption in Indonesia. In 2012 TI Indonesia release Kita versus Korupsi or “Us versus Corruption”, an award-winning omnibus film that feature powerful shorts that bringing the devastating effects of corruption to the forefront of public thinking. Shown in theatres, universities, TVs, youtube and the in-flight channel of the country’s biggest airline, ten million people have watched the films so far, and the country’s most prestigious film festival honoured them as the best omnibus film. Other related collaborative campaign such as, mural work, theatre performance and comics.

TI-I has developed a number of tools to promote citizens’ monitoring of public policies such as the social audit framework and creation of citizens’ forums in cities around Indonesia. The initiatives combined with the Integrity Pact as a corruption-prevention tool through an agreement between government, an private sector not to engage in corrupt practices in public procurement and other public-private transactions. The implementation of this agreement is monitored by civil society organizations. This tool is primarily implemented in public procurement processes in 8 local government, the Elections Commission (KPU),  state enterprises such as PLN and donors agencies in Post-Tsunami Reconstruction Programs in Aceh.

In 2009, TI Indonesia started promoting integrity to youth. In 2010 a group of senior high school and university students established Club SPEAK as a medium to organize campaign and provide capacity building on anti-corruption issues. Among the Youth Departement of TII and Club SPEAK initiatives are SPEAK Festival, Moviemento Youth Community Film, Youth Voters Education, Anti-Corruption Day Road Show, Integrity Goes to School and Aksi Kita.

TI-I staffs come from various discipline ranging from economists, lawyers, communication experts, political scientists and anthropologist,  reflecting an integrated approach towards anti-corruption. TI-I boards are well-known senior public figures with various professional background ranging from academics, accountants, lawyers and NGOs. One of TI-I board members, Erry Riyana Harjapamekas served as a member of the Corruption Eradication Commission from 2003 – 2007.[]