Terms of Reference
Indonesia – a country of 250 million people, the world’s largest Muslim population, the third largest democracy, with a vibrant and free media, and active civil society – has a long history of religious pluralism, moderation and tolerance. This is rooted in Indonesia’s politics, culture and faith tradition. Indonesia’s track record offers interesting and challenging insights for leaders and practitioners seeking to counter faith-based extremism and build community cohesion. The number of people drawn to join Daesh is broadly the same from both the UK and Indonesia, but proportionately much lower in Indonesia given the much larger population. A successful modern Indonesia shows there is no contradiction between Islamic teachings and values such as democracy and pluralism.
The UK Government and Indonesian authorities are committed to working together to find effective ways to prevent young people being drawn to extremist ideologies. During President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo’s visit to London in April 2016, both governments agreed to increase their efforts to tackle the terrorist threat and counter extremist ideologies. The Prime Minister stressed the UK’s readiness to learn from Indonesia's experience and its approach to promoting tolerance and pluralism. The two leaders agreed to initiate an exchange programme between religious and community leaders in Indonesia and the UK to foster a better understanding of what works.
The British Embassy Jakarta is pleased to announce the third round of ‘Discovering Indonesian Islam’ Travel Grants Programme.
The grants are intended to facilitate visits to Indonesia and to the UK by British and Indonesian Muslim organisations – e.g. religious leaders, education providers, youth group leaders – to engage in discussions with counterparts, improve their understanding of Indonesia’s and UK’s approach to pluralism, diversity and tolerance in religious life, and to identify opportunities for future collaboration.
The aim is to establish new or substantially deepen existing partnerships between British and Indonesian religious organisations committed to countering extremist ideologies, and building more cohesive communities. Media companies interested in making a documentary or a film about tolerance/pluralism in Indonesia are also welcome to apply.
The Embassy will offer several grants to be utilised by the end of November 2017. Each grant will finance minimum one week visit to Indonesia by one or two representatives from established organisations. Each grant will be worth up to £1500 (£3000 if a team of two are travelling together).
Preference is for applications that include:
- Evidence and examples of the applicant organisation’s work to build pluralism and community cohesion, and its impact.
- Intended / expected outcomes – vision of how this visit will help to counter extremist ideologies in the UK and Indonesia, and ideas for sustaining partnerships in the medium and long term.
- Institutions to be visited, if there are already established links or ideas for collaboration. Participants will need to organise their own visit programme and must send details of their itinerary to the British Embassy Jakarta prior to the visit. The British Embassy Jakarta and the British Council cannot organise visit itineraries or set up meetings on behalf of participants/organisations.
- The travel grant is not intended for personal research, but rather for establishing institutional partnerships.
- The grant may be used for travel to and within Indonesia/UK and for accommodation, meals and visas. Any other costs related to the visit not covered by the travel grant are the responsibility of the applicant. Participants will have to book and pay for their own flights and accommodation. Once the Embassy has received all the receipts from the accrued costs they will be reimbursed.
- Participants are required to have medical travel insurance. It must cover any costs that may be incurred in connection with emergency medical aid, urgent hospital treatment or transport to the country of origin for medical reasons or in the event of death.
- Participants will take full responsibility for securing their visa to the UK and to Indonesia.
Participants will only be reimbursed costs up to £1500 providing they have:
- Completed a report of the visit which should be submitted to the British Embassy Jakarta one month after the visit. The report must explicitly outline the links and potential partnerships formed.
- Organised a lecture/workshop to an Indonesian/British audience to share findings from the visit. Alternatively, participants can publish an article/report in the local/national press within one month of the visit.
- Use social media to share perspectives and experiences from the visit. Applicants must provide evidence/experience in using social media tools.
How to Apply
Please read the attached documents, complete the application form, and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight (BST time) 3 July 2017.