Since 2012, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Agency for Research and Policy Development (Badan Pengkajian dan Pengembangam Kebijakan, BPPK) has been partnering with the Collaborative Research Center (CRC) at the University of Göttingen, Germany to undertake research on the changing uses of tropical lowland rainforests in Indonesia. Researchers involved in the collaboration have produced 62 articles which have been published in academic journals.
On 3-6 September, representatives from DFAT, KSI, Bappenas, KOMPAK, Program Peduli and MAMPU visited West Nusa Tenggara. The aim of the visit was to explore opportunities for greater collaboration between programs in DFAT’s Poverty and Social Development and Human Development portfolios.
August is always a special month for Indonesia where we celebrate the nation’s independence, and this August was particularly special we feel for Indonesia’s knowledge sector. Under BAPPENAS leadership, KSI supported the successful implementation of the inaugural Indonesia Development Forum (IDF2017) on 9 – 10 August 2017.
As a collaborative platform, the Indonesia Development Forum (IDF) positioned Aliansi Riset Kebijakan Indonesia (ARK) as one of its strategic partners.
On 4 August 2017, KSI hosted the regular Development Partner Disability Coordination Meeting on the theme “Integrating Disability Dimensions in the Indonesian Knowledge Sector”,attended by 64 participants from 36development partners, disabled people’sorganizations and research institutes.
One of the highlights of the 2017 Indonesia Development Forum (IDF) was the ‘Ideas and Innovations Marketplace’.
June 2017 marks a major milestone for KSI, as it brings us to the end of Phase 1. As such, this is a special edition providing an infographic overview of the last four years.
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.