PATTIRO was established to ensure the success of regional autonomy implementation in Indonesia. PATTIRO believes that the purpose of regional autonomy policy or decentralization may only be achieved when the government provides a wider space for its citizens to actively engage in policy and decision making, as well as in public service improvement. PATTIRO exists to continuously encourage the achievement of decentralization goals, especially its goal to increase the quality of public services that will result on society’s welfare improvement.
PATTIRO focuses on several scope of works such as research, either quantitative or qualitative research using particularly participative method, training facilitation for civil society organizations and local government, as well as local parliament members, and technical assistance for civil society organizations, both local and central government officials and legislators. PATTIRO also engage in people organizing by establishing numerous community centers in various regions in Indonesia. In addition to that, PATTIRO also create some innovations by developing the results of researches PATTIRO has conducted. Moreover, PATTIRO also create and publish learning materials such as books, training guideline, policy paper, lessons learned, and others.
Since its establishment in 1999 until now, PATTIRO has worked in at least 17 provinces and more than 70 districts/cities throughout Indonesia. PATTIRO also has a network namely PATIRO Raya whose members have its own legal entities and agendas. Nevertheless, organizations joined in this network have the same goal that is to realize good local governance. PATTIRO Raya network spreads across Aceh, Banten, Blora, Bojonegoro, Gresik, Kendal, Magelang, Malang, Pekalongan, Semarang, Serang, Surakarta, Tangerang, Jeneponto.
For six consecutive years, from 2011 to 2015, PATTIRO has received an award from University of Pennsylvania, United States of America as one of best global think tanks in research and policy advocacy.
About Decentralization, Transparency, Social Accountability
Decentralization is a process of redistributing or dispersing functions, powers, people or things away from a central location or authority. Government decentralization has both political and administrative aspects. Its decentralization may be territorial, moving power from the central level to the other levels (localities), and it may be functional, moving decision-making from the top administrator of any branch of government to lower level officials, or divesting the function entirely through privatization.