The EU has spent more than €500 million development assistance in Indonesia in the last ten years, in particular to promote basic education for all and good governance (public finance management and justice), and to support efforts against climate change and deforestation and trade. EU cooperation is designed to support the Government of Indonesia's policies, as reflected in the Government's Medium Term Development Plans.

Indonesia has now graduated out of bilateral EU development assistance in the current programming period 2014-2020, but most programmes under the 2007 – 2013 financial framework, where €356 million was allocated, are still under implementation, some of them running until 2019.

Indonesia continues to be eligible for EU Thematic and Regional Cooperation programmes; the later growing steadily in particular the EU-ASEAN cooperation's allocation which has almost tripled between 2007-2013 and 2014-2020. These regional and regional thematic instruments allow the EU to concentrate its support to Indonesia's own priority sectors:

  • Higher Education - European Higher Education Fair, Erasmus+ scholarships and projects;
  • Continued Aid for Trade support - dedicated Indonesia component under the regional Multi Annual indicative programme by 2017;
  • Green Infrastructures and Green Growth - Asian Investment Facility, and Sustainable Consumption and Production under SWITCH Asia;
  • Climate Change & Forestry – new regional funding on peatlands and biodiversity; additional possible thematic and global funding linked to Indonesia's new policies in fighting deforestation and licensing for timber products (FLEGT);
  • Support to civil society with a current portfolio of NGO projects managed by the Delegation amounting to over €20 million, and including on human rights; yearly allocations are € 2 million for CSO-LA and € 1 million for EIDHR.

The European Commission has been also providing prompt and substantial responses to emergencies, in particular the tsunami/earthquake in Aceh-Nias and Yogyakarta (€246 million) as well as the Aceh Peace Process over the last ten years; the ASEAN Centre for Humanitarian Assistance (AHA) in Jakarta shall receive further EU support through ASEAN from 2017 and the EU civil protection mechanism stands ready to support Indonesia for forest and peatlands fires mitigation.


Key country statistics

  • Total population (2015): 257 564 000
  • Life expectancy (at birth) (2015): 67 years (male), 71 years (female)
  • Human Development Index - Medium human development (2014): 0.684
  • Population living below $1.90 a day (2010): 15.9%
  • Income share held by lowest 40% of income distribution (2010): 19%
  • Lower middle income country - Gross National Income per capita (2014): 1 800 US$ (constant 2005 US$)
  • Average Gross Domestic Product growth over 5 years (2010-2014): 5.8%

Selected results achieved with EU support through projects and programmes completed between mid-2014 and mid-2015

Inclusive Growth and poverty reduction

  • 500 poor sub-districts covering 5 400 villages in several provinces have benefitted from improved access to basic health and education.
  • 62% of local governments have adopted poverty targeting in their annual development planning (up from 11% in 2012).
  • 2 567 000 persons have benefitted from support to empower poor communities to access to health and education services, disaster management support, house rehabilitation and reconstruction and improved living and local governance conditions.
  • 22 evaluations, legal drafts, and policy documents have been produced with a view to influence policy dialogue and improve the nation-wide community programme.

Natural Resources, Environment and Climate Change

  • 1 200 stakeholders from the public and private sector attended workshops on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) which resulted at among others improved awareness on the concepts and advantages of SCP and a stronger enabling environment for SCP policies implementation.
  • 350 government officials trained on various sustainable consumption and production (SCP) topics aimed at building their capacity for effective policy implementation such as Green Public Procurement, SCP Indicators and Reporting, and Green Label.


News & Events