On 31 January 2017, Komite Pemantauan Pelaksanaan Otonomi Daerah (KPPOD), with support from KSI, organised a media discussion to disseminate the findings of its latest study on Regional Economic Governance 2016, a ranking survey on 32 provincial capitals throughout Indonesia. Held in Jakarta, the event was well attended by some 50 participants from government, the media, NGOs and research. Ir R. Aryawan Soetiarso Poetro, the Director of the Regional Autonomy of Bappenas, Anton J. Supit, the Deputy Chairman of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN) and Petrarca Karetji, a KSI Team Leader, also attended the event.
In response to the Parliament initiative on the revision of the Law No. 5/2014 on Civil Service (UU ASN), the Independent Team for National Bureaucratic Reform (TI-RBN) with support from KSI organized a half-day Knowledge Sharing Session on Merit-based System and Open Promotion for Senior Executive Services (JPT) on 30 January 2017 at Artotel Hotel, Jakarta.
Starting the year of 2017, 16 Policy Research Institutes, partners of the Knowledge Sector Initiative (KSI) gathered in Bogor on the 26-27 January to collaboratively analyse effective capacity development interventions as one of KSI’s major themes of work in Phase 1 and also to discuss progress of their activities under the core grants towards the end of Phase 1.
On 25th January KSI organized a public knowledge sharing meeting titled "How do You Evaluate a Mental Revolution?”. Fred Carden presented and discussed with the audience a possible framework to evaluate and generate evidence about progress in the changes of attitude and behaviour that are required by President Jokowi's call for a mental revolution across the Indonesian society.
On 19 January 2017, KSI held a seminar on ‘Commercialisation of Research Results and Patent Application’. The speakers were Dr Terri Lomax, RTI International’s Vice President for Discovery Science Technology, and Dr Nurul Taufiqu Rochman, the Head of the Innovation Centre at the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI). The event was organised to respond to the lack of commercialisation of patents by Indonesian researchers. The two speakers presented their experiences in developing research results through patents, technology transfer and commercialisation with industry.
Despite being the fourth most populous country and the fourth largest democracy in the world, Indonesia lags behind its neighboring countries in explaining itself to the world. Only ten percent of international publications on Indonesia are written by Indonesian researchers and academics.
KSI Program Officer, Mirisa Hasfaria, had the chance to interview Azriana, the Head of the National Commission on Violence against Women 2015–2019, to discuss her changed role, from activist to the head of the Commission, and her views on how the Commission uses data and evidence to influence the policy-making process, and how to integrate gender perspectives into research for policy.
Lies Marcoes Natsir is one of Indonesia’s foremost experts in Islam and gender. She has played a pioneering role in the Indonesian gender equality movement by bridging the divide between Muslim and secular feminists and encouraging feminists to work within Islam to promote gender equality.
Ahmad Erani Yustika became the youngest Director General in the Joko Widodo administration through his position as the Director General of the Development and Empowerment of Village People of the Ministry of Village, Development of Disadvantaged Regions, and Transmigration of the Republic of Indonesia.