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’.
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.