Osana International Inc has been a catalytic advocate for ameliorative change throughout South and Southeast Asia, with a primary focus on the Republic of Indonesia before, during and after its turbulent socio-economic transition to demographic principles, decentralization and good governance.
Public Procurement Reform
Started in 1992 – 1996 when Osana’s founder served as Government Procurement Advisor under the USAID-financed “Economic Law and Improved Procurement Systems” (ELIPS) Project, the largest law development/legal reform initiative at the time. The ELIPS Project outputs were the adoption of a new Government Procurement Regulation (Keppres 16/1994), a comprehensive implementing Government Procurement Manual (Juknis), and the adoption of stand curricula for government-wide procurement training. Osana’s founder also organized a series of comparative study activities and capacity building activities supported by USAID and the World Bank.
Financial Management Reform
Osana started its service in 1998 under the World Bank-financed TAP41 Project, a project awarded competitively by The National Development Planning Agency (BAPPENAS). The contract extended Osana founder’s work with EKUIN, the Ministry of Finance, and BAPPENAS to include consideration of an improved Treasury Law, an improved State Audit Law and other ameliorate Financial Management Reforms, such as a new Government Regulation (Keppres 7/1998, which was subsequently amended in 1995 as PerPres 67/2005) governing the competitive tendering of Public-Private Partnerships (PPP). Furthermore, Osana expanded its services by winning awards in many sectors, among others airport, urban public transportation, water supply, sanitation and solid waste management, mass rapid transfer (MRT), and railway.
State Audit Reform
The ADB competitively awarded to osana International two separate State Audit Reform (STAR) assignments which considered the effects of decentralization and good governance and supported the institutional development of sub-national government audit agencies (Bawasda) throughout Indonesia.
Subsequently, in January 2006 the ADB selected Osana’s founder as the ADB Team Leader for the “Implementation of the STAR Project’, which ran through 2007 and included a comparative study for fifteen officials selected from the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK), BPKP, the Ministry of Finance, BAPPENAS and other agencies to meet with the Canadian Auditor General in Ottawa, Canada and US Treasury officials based in Washington, D.C. The output of this initiative, with Osana’s support, was the enactment of two new State Audit Laws, and an amendment to BPKP’s audit jurisdiction.
Local Governance, Decentralization & Good Governance
From its first assignment in Indonesia in 1996, Osana has been witnessed to and provided insightful analysis of the socio-economic principles considered by the Government of Indonesia during the economic crisis (krismon), transition from the New Order Regime, democratic amendments to Indonesia’s 1945 Constitution enactment of a series of decentralization and good governance.
In 1999, the ADB contracted Osana to provide an analytical assessment of what might occur at the local levels of government once Indonesia’s decentralization and good governance became effective in late 1999 through January 2001 that may impact multilateral agency-financed development projects. The analysis was summarized by the ADB Resident Representative in a plenary meeting in 2000 with the President’s Cabinet. The assessment has been referred to repeatedly as a barometric measure of local government’s delivery of public goods and services, both good and bad.
Autonomous Special Region
Osana gained opportunities to assist the Autonomous Special Regions of Aceh and the Provinces of Papua and West Papua. In Aceh, Osana was appointed by UN to provide legal services to facilitate BRR’s successful working helping to build Aceh Back Better. Then, the ADB also awarded a contract to Osana to assist twenty-four Aceh districts to develop its human and other resources; the legal, regulatory and the institutional framework, consensus-building analysis of a wide variety of other sensitive matters germane to Aceh. This work helped Osana to develop the “cookie cutter” developmental framework to help other local governments, resulting in Osana’s largest technical assistance contract. Then, in 2009, AusAID competitively awarded to Osana International as the only firm to assist the Regional Planning Boards (BAPPEDA) in the Provinces of Papua and West Papua to consider development planning in these resource rich areas of Indonesia.
Indonesia’s largest consortium firm, PT. Wijaya Karya Tbk, a publicly listed State-Owned Enterprise (SOE or BUMN), retained Osana International to provide legal and government procurement expertise to resolve a dispute between the USAID and WIKA concerning the Banda Aceh to Meulaboh Road Project. Mutually satisfactory mediation was successfully achieved after a full presentation of the facts before, with Dr. Sullivan representing WIKA.