International Non-Government Organization in Indonesia are currently governed by Law 17 year 2013 (“Law 17/13”) regarding Civil Society Organizations as well Minister of Foreign Affair (“MoFA”) registration guidelines. Hereinafter, for ease of reference Civil Society Organizations is referred as an NGO.
Based on Law 37 year 1999 regarding Foreign Relation and Law 17/13, the Department of Foreign Affairs is the main gateway to the establishment of International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGO) in Indonesia. Every INGO are obliged to obtain government permits, namely a principle permit and an operational permit. Operational permits can only be obtained after a principle permit has been granted. The principle permit is issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs based on the considerations of the Permit Issuance Team, which shall be established by the MoFA. The operational permit is issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs or the local government according to the level of work of the INGO only after the INGO signs a written agreement or an umbrella agreement (“Memorandum of Understanding/MoU”) with the Indonesian government according to its scope of activities.
INGO intending to perform activities within the Indonesian territory must fulfill the minimum criteria below:
Furthermore Every INGO conducting any activity in Indonesia must refrain from:
There are two types of INGOs in Indonesia, namely:
This INGO independently and sustainable have their own fund to doing nonprofit activities in Indonesia. Example: USAID they have their own fund, manage, and they try to distribute and allocation to nonprofit activities to help Indonesian people, mostly in health activities;
This INGO has not have their own fund. Implementing agency doing activity to assist pure INGO in carrying out its activities.
In applying for registration request, the INGO should submit the following documents:
Furthermore as Indonesia’s NGO, you should ensure that:
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