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Monthly Updates31-12-2016

KSI Update, December 2016

KSI Update, December 2016

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Year End Greetings from the KSI team!
We close 2016 with the wonderful news that KSI will be extended for another 5 years. This creates new opportunities and challenges, as we continue to support Indonesia's knowledge sector providing evidence for stronger policies in Indonesia.

Reflecting on 2016, it is wonderful to see how KSI's partner research institutions are increasingly recognised for their authority in their respective fields of research. We are also grateful for the opportunity to work on systemic issues with Government of Indonesia counterparts under the guidance and with strong leadership from BAPPENAS. Heartening also has been progress on a range of underlying barriers in Indonesia's knowledge sector and the great partnership with the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education.We look forward to working closely with you in expanding our collaboration for inclusive growth in 2017.

Salam KSI!


KSI Highlights Gender in Research and Public Policy.

During December, KSI organised three large events with different audiences highlighting the role of women in research and public policy: a knowledge sharing event on 7 December on Gender Equality and Social Inclusion in Research for Development, a talk show on 21 December on Women in Public Policy, and an expert discussion on 22 December on Gender Research in Universities.

The three events highlighted the lack of diversity in research and policy analysis in Indonesia today. Even though numbers have increased, less than 20 percent of Echelon 1 and 2 are women – the Indonesian bureaucracy or universities do not yet maximise performance and capability by enabling all women and men to thrive equally. This is despite various international research studies demonstrating that organisations with a critical mass of women in senior management perform better across a range of performance markers than organisations with less gender diversity in senior management.
As discussed during the 7 December knowledge-sharing event, a failure to include gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) in the production of knowledge might result in policy recommendations that overlook the needs and interests of women and marginalised groups. KSI research partners have agreed to take this recommendation seriously and include a GESI perspective in all research. During the LAN talk show on women in public policy, a strategic alliance consisting of women in high-ranking public office was proposed. The final event on 22 December celebrated 88 years of the first Indonesia Women’s Congress, and aimed to improve the position of gender research in universities, which is neglected in a variety of research. Officials from Bappenas and the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education participated actively, and recommendations include specific earmarked research grants for gender research and strengthened lobbying efforts.

Media coverage: “Gender Equality and Social Inclusion in Research for Development”:

Field Visit of Bappenas e-planning Team to Yogyakarta and Suraba.
Investor Daily p.21
Suara Pembaruan p.16 

Media coverage: “Women in Public Policy”:

Kompas p.13
Media Indonesia p.12


KSI’s Partner Provide Policy Advice on Village Development..

Over the past year, KSI has supported knowledge communities on village development to address the lack of interaction between policy makers and knowledge producers–one of the systemic barriers of the knowledge sector. As one way to strengthen their policy influence and advocacy efforts, partner research institutions have established a Forum Kajian Desa (Village Research Forum, KSI Update November 2016). In December, partners had a series of interactions with government agencies:

  • Article 33 on Village Funds. Article 33 organised a public discussion on 6 December 2016 to present their recent findings on the obstacles in channelling, use of and alternative allocation formulation of village funds. Article 33 proposed a number of alternative formulations that can be used by the Government, depending on the objective to be achieved; the findings will be picked up by Kemenko PMK in monitoring the implementation of the village funds.
  • Sajogyo Institute on the Impact of Village Eco-Tourism. In a workshop on 8 December 2016 with the Ministry of Villages (Kemendesa) and Bappenas, the Sajogyo Institute (SAINS) discussed the risk of communities losing their sources of livelihood and experiencing environmental degradation as infrastructure development for tourism expands in rural areas. Despite government agencies possibly having a different position than activists and researchers on these complex issues, participants during the workshop agreed that looking for evidence-based solutions to common problems is crucial and this can be done through better dialogue between government agencies, NGOs and the communities affected by policies.
  • Forum Kajian Desa on BUMDesa. The Bappenas Director for Disadvantaged Regions, Transmigration and Villages, Dr Sumedi Andono Mulyo, is committed to holding regular discussions with the Forum Kajian Desa. The second round of discussions was held on 14 December 2016 at Bappenas to gain input on the current policies on village enterprises (BUMDesa) and village cooperatives. IRE-Yogyakarta, which has assisted several regions in establishing BUMDesa argued that single top-down models are not the best option, as each economic unit and village has different characteristics. AKATIGA and Puskapol UI likewise emphasised that there are many economic initiatives at the local village level and the decision of whether they would like to have BUMDesa, cooperatives or any other economic units should be decided by the communities themselves, based on their needs and identification of problems.
  • Partners Celebrate Three Years of the Village Law. On 17-18 December 2016, KSI partner IRE Yogyakarta, with support from KOMPAK and KSI, hosted a two-day event to mark the three-year anniversary of the approval of the Village Law. Choosing the community hall at Pandowoharjo village in Sleman, Yogyakarta, as the venue, the event attracted hundreds of practitioners and activists on village issues. The talk show presented the Secretary General of the Ministry of Villages, Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration (KemenDesa), Dr Anwar Sanusi; the Regional Representative Council (DPD) member, Akhmad Muqowam, who was also the chair of the drafting commission of the Village Law in 2013; and Bappenas Director of Disadvantaged Regions, Transmigration and Villages, Dr Sumedi Andono Mulyo. The event provided an avenue for village apparatus and local practitioners to engage in dialogue with national government representatives on regulation and implementation problems. The event also showcased several village enterprises from Yogyakarta, Aceh and West Nusa Tenggara as a way to disseminate good practices and inspire other villagers to develop their villages.

Field Visit of Bappenas e-planning Team to Yogyakarta and Suraba.

As reported in the KSI Update November 2016, KSI is supporting Bappenas to integrate various planning systems into a single ‘e-Planning Application’ aimed to make planning data more accessible, reduce processing time, and support more substantial analysis in the national planning and budgeting process. In December, Bappenas met with two innovative regional planning agencies, the city of Surabaya and the province of Yogyakarta, to share lessons and discuss possible integration between national and local e-planning initiatives. In Yogyakarta, an e-planning initiative called JOGJAPlans is now operating to support several planning mechanisms such as RPJMD, APBD, the Management Performance Report, and the Budget Realisation Report. In Surabaya, an e-planning initiative is functioning as a supporting application system for accountable, short- and medium-term development planning. The two Bappeda agreed to collaborate with Bappenas to develop a pilot project for local and central government e-planning integration.

Discussion Forum on Human Resource Management in Universities to Provide Input to the Draft Government Regulation of PPPK.

As part of an effort to improve the working conditions for university researchers and lecturers, on 14-15 December 2016 KSI facilitated a multi-stakeholder forum to provide input to a draft government regulation on contracted government employees (Rancanang Peraturan Pemerintah tentang Pegawai Pemerintah dengan Perjanjian Kerja, RPP-P3K) from the perspective of human resources in universities. The Director General for Human Resources at Kemenristekdikti, Prof Dr Ali Ghufron Mukti, presented the development strategy for human resources in higher education. The workshop discussed challenges and opportunities of existing contracted university employees and led to the drafting of a six-page matrix with issues and recommendations that has been handed over to Bpk Setiawan Wangsaatmaja, Deputy Minister KemenPAN-RB for Human Resources, who is committed to incorporating the recommendations in the draft.


KSI Interview Series: Lies Marcoes: “GESI Perspective in Research for Development”

KSI Interview Series: Lies Marcoes: “GESI Perspective in Research for Development” 
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. Lies is a passionate and talented trainer – frequently used by KSI and other DFAT programs – and has used these skills to change people’s attitudes to the status of women in Islam. With her strong leadership and commitment, Lies has empowered countless Indonesian women and brought gender into mainstream parlance in Indonesia. Read KSI’s interview with Ms Lies Marcoes regarding how she operationalize feminism in her research, how her research has changed social justice policies, how she and her peers advocate for change, what progressive manoeuvres she will make to improve power relationships, trends that she would like to see for researchers and analysts who want to change public policy, and her perspective on how gender equality in the next five years can strengthen the knowledge sector.

Article: Indonesia’s PISA Results Show a Need to Education Resources More Efficiently

On 16 December, KSI staffer Arnaldo Pellini published an article in the popular online magazine, The Conversation, entitled ‘Indonesia’s PISA Results Show a Need to Use Education Resources More Efficiently’ ( Just one week later, it had received more than 2,700 views (with 29 percent from Australia and 29 percent from Indonesia). The article was re-published in the Jakarta Post on 18 December 2016 ( and SEAJunction on 20 December 2016 (

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