The State of Local Democracy Assessment in Indonesia was one of the pilot projects on democracy assessment in Southeast Asia. It was among the first in Indonesia to combine qualitative and quantitative methods in analysing local politics, and emphasized the importance of a citizen-led approach in local democracy. The project was implemented from 2011–12 in six regions that vary in the performance of local government, power relations, degree of political consolidation at both the state and society realms, and social as well as geographical features.
The State of Local Democracy Assessment in Indonesia report is intended to contribute to democracy assessment, and to encourage discussions based on the lessons learned from local democracy in Indonesian towns. It is expected to help strengthen democracy in Indonesia by bringing up more local issues in the country’s democratic consolidation.