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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Since October 2016, with the support of KSI, PUSAKA LAN has been developing the training module for policy analyst. The training modules consist of several series including: 1) advanced module for senior-career level, 2) special module for middle-career level, 3) beginner module for candidate of policy analyst.
This year, the first Indonesia Development Forum will be held. Led by Bappenas in collaboration with other relevant ministries and agencies, the two-day conference is planned for August 2017 and will bring together development practitioners from public, private and non-profit sectors to meet and exchange ideas on how to promote new thinking on national development that upholds equality and the development of the human resource base essential to a 21st Century economy.
Linked to the above high-level forum, the Indonesian Young Academy of Science (ALMI) and the Executive Office of the President (KSP) conducted a Focus Group Discussion (FGD) on “Revitalization of Governance in Higher Education and Research” on April 27, 2017. The FGD involved more than 40 participants from key ministries, AIPI, ALMI, management of Indonesia’s top ten university, and the Alliance for Policy Research (ARK-Indonesia). The purposes of the FGD was to map issues of governance in higher education and research, particularly regarding issue on human resources, research infrastructure and funding, and to initiate the establishment of cooperation between ALMI, KSP and related ministries and other stakeholders.
In the context of Indonesian Islam, the presence of women ulama (clerics) throughout the ages has been one of the strongest characteristics differentiating the face of Islam in Indonesia to other Muslim-majority countries. "Indonesians are too modest to sell and share their great experiences to the world", said well-known Malaysian Sisters in Islam activist Zainah Anwar during the first Female Muslim Clerics Congress/ Kongres Ulama Perempuan Indonesia (KUPI) on 25-27 April 2017 in Cirebon. KUPI brought together 800 participants from all Indonesian provinces and international participants from 13 countries. KSI was represented by the Alliance for Policy Research Excellence (ARK-Indonesia), including PUSAD Paramadina, PPIM UIN, and Sajogyo Institute. The theme of the congress was “Amplifying Women Ulama’s Voices, Asserting Values of Islam, Nationhood and Humanity. The 4-day event consists of seminars, discussions on the achievements and discussed stumbling blocks on the work of women ulamahood, and shared framework, strategy of action, and experiences from an international, national, and sub-national context.
Community development programmes needs to take the different condition in villages, into account. The Village Funds (Dana Desa) as one of the funding resources for villages is expected to empower villages so that they could utilize their assets for the welfare of the locals and address social and economic gaps within village. Affirmative formulation is needed in reformulating the allocation of Dana Desa.
The Ministry of National Development Planning/Bappenas with the Ministry of Finance, and the Ministry of State Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform, supported by the KSI held the grand launch for integrated application system for planning, budgeting, and performance information on 21 April 2017. This event marked almost a year long effort by Bappenas to build an integrated e-Planning System for more effective and efficient national development planning. Integrated and connected planning and budgeting is key to having more sound, coherent, and effective national development programs.