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#53900 - 14 Jun 07 17:47 JP outed by UN
riccardo Offline
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Registered: 12 Oct 05
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Loc: Jakarta
Mr. Unspun would probably like this little bit of getting caught in the act of blatant spin-control... The JP/this writer tries to paint a picture that it's the "foreigners" and their aid that causes the corruption, but that's not even close to what the report actually says.
Below are the key points in the original article with quotes from local guys who haven't apparently read the report either. Below that is a letter from UNESCO, essentially "outing" Khalik/JP.

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RI a world example of aid abuse: UN


Thursday, June 07, 2007

Abdul Khalik, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

A UN body is set to use Indonesia as an example of a country that has misused international aid intended for educational development.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) revealed in its global report Wednesday that leakage of international funds, allocated for school-improvement grant programs, reached an estimated 30 percent last year.

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"In many cases, the schools that were allocated funding were those that gave the largest commission to officials from the grant allocated," he said.

Education Ministry spokesman Bambang Waskito said there were thousands of educational projects in Indonesia, worth billions of US dollars, funded by international grants.

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Your Letter [sic] June 14, 2007
On corruption in education

We refer to the news item "RI a world example of aid abuse: UN", published on the front page of The Jakarta Post, June 7.

UNESCO Jakarta Office appreciates the attention given by your paper to the June 6 launch of the report entitled Corrupt schools, corrupt universities: What can be done? authored by Jacques Hallak and Muriel Possion and commissioned by UNESCO and the International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP). This report is the result of a substantial study over several years, covering 60 countries (including Indonesia), using information from ministries, development agencies and national research institutes.

We would like to emphasize the importance of the report in addressing the issue of wide-spread corruption in the education sector world-wide, which does not only cost societies billions of dollars, but also seriously undermines the vital effort to provide education for all, as it prevents poorer parents from sending their children to schools.

Unfortunately the Post article, incorrectly, suggests that the wide-spread corruption in the education sector in Indonesia is based on misuse of donor aid. This conclusion cannot be drawn from the report, as it largely refers to inefficiencies in government spending in the education sector of many countries in the study. Besides, the suggestion given in the title of the Post article that Indonesia is a world example in this context, can also not be drawn from the report. Indonesia was just one of 60 countries in this study.

The report presents a number of case studies and practices from all regions of the world, showing a great variety of corruption practices in both rich and poor countries. The malpractice includes bribes and payoffs in teacher recruitment and promotion, which tend to lower the quality of teachers, while illegal payments for school entrance and other hidden costs contribute to low enrollment and high drop-out rates. The report also presents case studies of where these malpractices were successfully reversed, mainly via simple measures, such as providing transparent information to communities.

The authors of the report argue that leadership and political will at the highest level of governments is essential. Furthermore, more transparent regulatory systems, stronger management capacities for greater accountability, and greater ownership of the management process can help free educational systems from corruption. They make a number of recommendations on how the problem of corruption can be dealt with.

We believe that this report takes a positive and solution oriented approach to the problem, and we therefore recommend that it should be considered seriously by governments and stakeholders in order to ensure the achievement of the most important goal, namely "Education for all".

HUBERT GIJZEN
Director and Representative
UNESCO Office
Jakarta
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#53907 - 14 Jun 07 19:42 Re: JP outed by UN [Re: riccardo]
Piss Salon Offline
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Registered: 27 Jun 06
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Loc: Jakpus
I back the Post on this one Ricc. How many times does the post beat around the bush and bury the issue. Abdul's intro is bang on: "A UN body is set to use Indonesia as an example of a country that has misused international aid intended for educational development."

It is this dickhead Hubert Gijez, who typically for UNESCO, refuses to criticize anyone directly. It is UNESCO who should be criticized for failing to push for reform after what is probably a spot-on report.

Look at the last para of his "letter".


"We believe that this report takes a positive and solution oriented approach to the problem, and we therefore recommend that it should be considered seriously by governments and stakeholders in order to ensure the achievement of the most important goal, namely "Education for all"."

Say what? Fucking pussy.

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#53916 - 15 Jun 07 06:59 Re: JP outed by UN [Re: Piss Salon]
riccardo Offline
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Registered: 12 Oct 05
Posts: 2195
Loc: Jakarta
hmmmm... it's not about who anybody backs or who anybody dislikes, it's much simpler than that:

1. The article claims the corruption is all to do with foreign aid, thus steering readers away from the crux of the UN report;

2. The UN guy says in extremely strong language for the UN that it is NOT a problem with any aid, but in fact internal gov't corruption. That is the crux of the report, and that is wildly different from the claims in the article.

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