KSI Knowledge Sharing Sessions on Gender Equity in Research and Higher Education, conducted in Jakarta and Yogyakarta, January 31-February 2, 2017, gave the opportunity to the resource persons and participants to map out general opportunities and barriers in integrating gender aspects in research and higher education. However, there remains the need to specifically examine gender aspects of human resources in higher education.
The KSI Phase 2 Subsidiary Arrangement signing, launching of call for papers for the Indonesia Development Forum, and the unveiling of two much awaited Indonesian Academy of Science’s white papers (Science,Technology and Higher Education towards Indonesia 2045, and Disruption Era: Opportunities and Challenges for Higher Education in Indonesia) mark a very fruitful May 2017. The KSI Phase 1 team also presented results achieved over the last 5 years, receiving very strong input and responses from a panel of international experts
The signing ceremony of the Subsidiary Arrangement for Phase 2 of KSI’s project took place in Jakarta on 31 May 2017. Phase 1 ran from May 2013 and will conclude in June 2017, while Phase 2 of the project is expected to run until 2022.
Dr Muh Dimyati, Director General for Research and Development, Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education, spoke at a focus group discussion supported by KSI at the Ministry of National Development Planning/Bappenas on 26 May 2017. This discussion aimed to discuss a draft policy brief on removing the barriers that currently constrain downstreaming research outputs into commercial products. Kemenristekdikti and Bappenas, with support from KSI, conducted a quick study led by a consultant team from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) to produce the draft policy brief.
To improve the policy analysis skills of the Centre for Policy Analysis/Pusat Analisis Kebijakan (PAK) Bappenas, in May KSI and the University of Melbourne organised a three-day workshop on policy analysis methodology. KSI involved participants from the Research and Development Agency, Ministry of Home Affairs, and the Centre for Research and Development, as well as the Ministry of Village, Disadvantaged Region Development and Transmigration to provide space for a learning exchange within and among ministries.
In an effort to support public policy formulation to accelerate disability-inclusive development in Indonesia, the SMERU Research Institute, with support from KSI, is conducting a preliminary desk study entitled, ‘Barriers to Disability-Inclusive Development in Indonesia’.
At the beginning of 2017, the Local Autonomy Implementation Monitoring Committee (KPPOD), in collaboration with KSI, disseminated results from a 2016 study on Local Economic Governance (LEG) in 32 provincial capitals. The study described the assessment of business actors on policy, institutional and investment service aspects at the local level. The index composition (rank) and issue typology provide a general overview of the situation in various local areas.
SurveyMETER shared the study results in February 2017. Left to right: Ibu Sari Mutia Timur, Director YAKKUM Emergency Unit; Ibu Ni Wayan Suriastini, Executive Director SurveyMETER; Ibu Carolyne Clara Endang Setyaningsih, Director of Rehabilitation Social Elderly, Ministry of Social Services
As announced here IDForum2017 and partnering with government, the private sector and media powerhouses, KSI and Bappenas will turn KSI’s annual conference into the Indonesia Development Forum.
On 12 May in Jakarta, the Indonesian Academy of Sciences (AIPI) launched two ‘white papers’ (buku putih). These are recognised as part of AIPI’s knowledge products and are independent documents to advise the Government and the public. The white papers offer a multidisciplinary approach and were developed by experts in their subjects to respond to nationwide problems in science, research and higher education.
A number of studies, documents and knowledge sharing events have focused on the need for Indonesia to rapidly improve outputs from higher education, including a well-trained work force and improved research and innovation. May was an intense month of knowledge sharing around some of the challenges of the Indonesian research and higher education sector, including issues around quality and links to industry.
As interaction strengthened among KSI’s PRIs, as well as between PRIs and policy makers in the KSI-supported Knowledge Community on village development issues, eight PRIs organised themselves into the ‘Village Study Forum’ or Forum Kajian Desa (April Monthly Update). This is an avenue for knowledge exchange and sharing research and analysis as evidence to inform policy-making processes. It is coordinated by AKATIGA for local economic development, IRE for village democratisation, and the Sajogyo Institute (SAINS) for socio-ecological impacts of rural development. The Forum Kajian Desa is a consolidated effort to jointly publish their critical thoughts.
Asman Abnur, Minister of Administrative and Bureaucracy Reform (Menteri Pendayagunaan Aparatur Negara dan Reformasi Birokrasi, MenPANRB) officially launched the Annotation of UU Administrasi Pemerintahan (UU AP) accompanied by Maya Rostanty, Executive Director of PATTIRO, Prof Eko Prasojo, Executive Director of UICSGAR, Rini Widyantini, Deputy to MenPANRB and Petrarca Karetji, KSI Team Leader.
As part of the Road to Indonesia Development Forum 2017 series of events, Article 33, a KSI policy research partner, held a public discussion on the Quality of Education. Held on 9 May at the Four Points Hotel, Jakarta, the event presented a study by Article 33 on Access of the Poor to Quality Education.
On 17 and 18 May, KSI organised an international workshop to review and reflect on the results of the five-year implementation of KSI Phase 1. The workshop was held in the Hotel Crown Jakarta and was the last of three workshops being conducted from January to May. The focus was to gain inputs from strategic partners, the Government of Indonesia and high-level advisers. A small number of international experts were also invited to provide international views and perspectives on the evaluation results. Inputs obtained from the discussion will be used to finalise the KSI Phase 1 Review.
The Indonesia Development Forum (IDF) is a platform for Indonesian leaders in government, private sector, academia, and other members of society to convene, communicate, and collaborate to shape Indonesia's development agendas. This platform is initiated by Bappenas.
Time flies and we now have only two months to go in Phase I of KSI. This update sees milestones marking increased momentum to initiate better systems (e-planning) and data flows (Satudata Indonesia). We also observe demand for better use of knowledge and evidence including local and cultural knowledge and strengthened capacity within government through competent policy analysts.