Centre for Democratic Institutions

The Centre for Democratic Institutions (CDI) supports the efforts of democracies in the Asia-Pacific region to strengthen their political systems. It provides training, technical assistance and peer support for parliamentarians, political party organisers and emerging leaders in Southeast Asia and the South Pacific, with a particular focus on Indonesia, East Timor, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji. CDI sponsors research and publications on political change and democratic governance.

Established in 1998, CDI is funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID). The Centre is based in the Crawford School of Public Policy, part of the College of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra.

Chief Justice tackles Indonesian constitution

The leading Indonesian legal scholar, politician and Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court of Indonesia Mohammad Mahfud MD will discuss constitutional and legal reform in his country at the Crawford School on Monday.

Showing the parliamentary ropes

Taking your seat as a newly-elected member of parliament can be a daunting experience, but a program run by the Crawford School’s Centre for Democratic Institutions is helping Papua New Guinea’s new parliamentarians find their feet.

Committee chaos: how the Indonesian Parliament really works

Significant decisions in the Indonesian Parliament are being made in an undemocratic, disorganised and ill-disciplined way, according to a new study.

Vote buying prevalent in Indonesia and the Pacific

New research shows that exchanging money and goods for people's votes is rife in the Pacific and Indonesia.
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