The energy and mineral resources sector still play an important role in Indonesia’s revenue. In 2009 this sector contributed to 27% of the state revenue, and 80% of that was from oil and natural gas. However, to date Indonesia is still facing deep set issues of poverty, corruption and social inequity. “I’m originally from here, and I say there is no difference true, Cepu is called an oil town but for us there is no advantage, it is only business for the big shots” said Karyono, farmer in Cepu.
A group of civil society try to make change in oil and gas revenues for better welfare. They start with Multi-stakeholder initiative for transparency in oil and gas governance and society’s participation in sustainable development planning, the main goal of their work is escaping from the resource curse!