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Jakarta Post

Introspecting inspectorates

  • Owen Podger
    Owen Podger

    Professional associate at the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, the University of Canberra

Canberra   /   Fri, September 8, 2017   /  12:44 pm
Introspecting inspectorates Inspectors face two scenarios if they wish to contribute to improving performance in a corrupt environment.  (Shutterstock/File)

Along with all who are deeply concerned with the extent and entrenchment of corruption, I support President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s demands for more rigorous internal auditing of government entities. I also support the shift of the position of regional inspectorates so that they report also to the Minister of Home Affairs. Something has to help inspectorates do the basic ground work to combat the crimes of people appointed to serve the people. But there is some risk in the road taken. It may lead us away from principles of good governance. The purpose of an internal audit is to provide the head of a government entity the opportunity to improve performance before it becomes an external issue. But our experience with government in Indonesia at the moment is that increasing performance of entities is becoming an external issue, and therefore an external issue for the ...

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the official stance of The Jakarta Post.