Transparency International

This Anti-Corruption Helpdesk brief was produced in response to a query from one of Transparency International’s national chapters. The Anti-Corruption Helpdesk is operated by Transparency International and funded by the European Union


Please provide an overview of corruption and anti-corruption efforts in Indonesia


  1. Overview of corruption in Indonesia
  2. Main drivers of corruption
  3. Corruption in key sectors
  4. Legal and institutional framework
  5. Other stakeholders
  6. References


Corruption is present in all three branches of government in Indonesia and is one of the major constraints on the political leadership’s capacity to govern effectively. Political corruption is particularly pervasive, and parliament is widely considered the most corrupt institution. Similarly, bureaucratic corruption is rampant and a large part of the population reports paying bribes for services.

Yet, there have been some noticeable improvements in some areas, and the majority of the population has a positive view of the government’s efforts to fight corruption. The stellar performance of the Anti-Corruption Commission and the reforms to the business environment have been credited for the country’s optimism regarding anti-corruption reforms.


Ortrun Merkle, [email protected]


Matthew Jenkins, Transparency International Secretariat




Close search

Responsive versions of the site in progress.