Pulse Lab Jakarta and the Indonesian Ministry of National Development Planning, in collaboration with KSI and the Government of Australia, hosted an International Conference, “Data Revolution for Policy Makers”, on 21-22 February 2017 in Jakarta. More than 300 researchers, policy makers, activists and data analysts, Government of Indonesia representatives, entrepreneurs, UN agencies and civil society organisations gathered at the conference, which took place under the theme of, “Expanding the Evidence Base: Government Demand for Advanced Data Analytics in Indonesia”.
The aim of the 2017 Australasian Aid Conference was to bring together researchers from across Australia, the Pacific countries, Asia and beyond, who are working on aid and international development policy, to share insights, promote collaboration and help develop the research community. It was a highly regarded conference at the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University (ANU), attended by some 250 participants.
The Bappenas Knowledge Centre, with support from KSI, visited the provincial Bappeda of North Sulawesi on 6-8 February 2017 to identify and verify smart planning and budgeting practices. The Bappenas Directorate for Development Funding Allocation, together with KSI consultants and staff joined the visit. The program included a plenary discussion attended by around 50 people representing various stakeholders from the province of North Sulawesi. This was to document information on the process and mechanisms of the practice in budgeting. There was also a field visit to Kota Bitung to see its continuing implementation of “smart” practices.
During his visit to Jakarta to attend the Data Revolution Conference, KSI was fortunate to have Dr. Luis A. Crouch, RTI’s International Development Group’s Chief Technical Officer, share his insights on using data at a knowledge-sharing event entitled, “The Financial Benefits of Using Data for the Sustainable Development Goals”, a paper co-authored with Julio Rank.
As part of a series of advocacy events to discuss the possible revision of the 2014 Law on Civil Service (UU Aparatur Sipil Negara, or ASN) with special attention to merit-based recruitment and open promotion, FITRA (Indonesian Forum for Transparency of Budgets) with the support of KSI organized a half day national seminar on 8 February 2017 at Akmani Hotel.
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.