Interesting initiative from KPK–fund-raising via social media networks. Reformasi reports:
Parliamentarians initially resisted a budget request from the Anti-Corruption Commission (KPK) for additional office space, and this prompted a voluntary fund‑raising effort for the KPK via social media. The fanfare may compel parliamentarians to relent and accede to the KPK request, which will enable the commission to expand. The episode shows that the KPK – fortified by its track record and bolstered by social networks – constitutes a potent political force.
As international donor funds decline, national and local civil society groups need to change their fund-raising models. Social media could provide the infrastructure for this. Imagine, for example, if everyone who “liked” ICW’s facebook profile could also choose to have a few thousand rupiah deducted from their debit cards each month. Not only would it provide a sustainable and politically diffuse source of income, it would also provide an interesting accountability mechanisms. This could be negative and positive. Certain high-profile activities (organizations) are more likely to receive “likes” and therefore funds; whereas less exciting but important activities–like legal and data analysis–are less likely to draw “likes”. Ideally the exciting stuff would cross-subsidize the boring stuff within an organization. But it could be that organizations specialise (in the exciting stuff) and the boring (but important stuff) gets left behind. This requires discerning “likers”, I guess.
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