Past Event

The Green Corruption Paradox

December 8, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Online Event

Title: The Green Corruption Paradox: Natural Resource Management and Environmental Corruption in Indonesia

Date: Dec 8, 2021 10:00 - 11:00 AM ET

Description: Early November 2021, the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry and Environment lamented on Twitter how massive development must not stop in the name of carbon emissions or in the name of deforestation. This much-debated tweet which was part of her speech in front of the Indonesia Student Association in the University of Glasgow on November 2, highlights that the Government of Indonesia that economic development and environmental protection is not mutually exclusive.

Does the Indonesian public think alike? More or less, yes, they do. A recent survey of Indonesians’ attitudes to corruption, environmental degradation, and the economy reveals what we call the Green Corruption paradox: Conflicting, and arguably mutually exclusive, views on all three topics can co-exist. Despite seeing the presence of and being deeply concerned about corruption and environmental degradation, people tend to focus on livelihoods when times are hard.

People also, according to the survey data, favor economic structures that appear to channel the benefits of natural resource utilization more directly to citizens. In Indonesia, this means rejecting private companies – particularly foreign-owned – in favor of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and people’s cooperatives.

The survey is a collaborative work between Basel Institute on Governance and the Indonesian Survey Institute (LSI), with support from the USAID CEGAH program


  • Juhani Grossmann, Team Leader of Green Corruption Programme at the Basel Institute on Governance 
  • Laode Syarif, Commissioner for Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) 2015-2019 and Executive Director at The Partnership for Governance Reform in Indonesia;
  • Kennedy Muslim, Senior Researcher at LSI will discuss the survey in-depth and the context of environmental corruption in Indonesia.

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Contact Information

Sreyneath Poole