Between Economy and Culture: How Art is Curbing Tensions in Bali

The crisis of an old Balinese tradition triggered the potential for violence in Indonesia — until the local Search team came up with an unprecedented solution to curb tensions, based on contemporary arts.

DESA: gender-equal budgeting in Indonesia

The needs of women are rarely reflected by how public funds are allocated in Indonesian villages. We are working to change that.

Mabesikan: Art for Social Change

Balinese artists are using their talents to end violence on their island.

These Speed Drawing Videos Promote Tolerance and Women Empowerment in Indonesia

Our education campaign promotes women empowerment, tolerance, and the prevention of violent extremism.

The Birth of a Peace Leader

Sirojudin is an activist working to deradicalize young people in Indonesia.

Protecting the Sacred: an Analysis of Local Perspectives on Holy Site Protection in Four Areas in Indonesia

The document presents the findings of a research on Holy Site Protection in Indonesia under the program of “Empowering Inter-Faith Collaboration to Respect and Protect Holy Sites in Indonesia”. Holy sites, particularly houses of worship and other sacred places, often become the target of destruction during religious conflicts in Indonesia. Frequently these holy sites become the center of controversy and eventually they are targets of violence. There is an urgent need to promote the significance of strengthening public understanding of houses of worship and holy sites. This research report is the first step in this program. The research had three key questions to investigate: (a) To what extent can the Universal Code of Conduct on Holy Sites be used for a campaign to respect and protect houses of worship and holy sites in Indonesia? (b) What are the perceptions and public knowledge about houses of worship and holy sites as well as their attitude towards the recognition and respect for them?; and (C) How does social change affect the relationship between religion and the protection of houses of worship and holy sites in certain areas of Indonesia? The investigation took place in four areas of Indonesia: Manado, Pontianak, Bali, and Bekasi. The research method used was a combination of quantitative research methods such as surveys and qualitative interviews, observations, and document analysis. There were 669 survey respondents and 60 interviewees in this research.

Empowering Interfaith Collaboration to Respect and Protect Holy Sites in Indonesia

This document presents the findings of a baseline study carried out by Search for Common Ground Indonesia, for an 18-month project entitled “Empowering Inter-Faith Collaboration to Respect and Protect Holy Sites in Indonesia” aimed at strengthening inter-faith collaboration to safeguard Holy Sites in Indonesia. This project is funded by The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It emerges amid a growing concern that many holy sites in Indonesia continue to be targets of destruction, desecration, and controversy. The overall objective of the project is to strengthen inter-faith collaboration to respect and protect Holy Sites in Indonesia by increasing understanding on religious tolerance through mapping and describing holy sites in Indonesia; promoting the importance of respecting holy sites through innovative educational materials and outreach activities; and empowering and institutionalizing inter-faith groups to protect holy sites.