Indonesia needs to make a concerted effort to strengthen its research ecosystem - including policy research - to be able to compete with other countries in the region.
In a bid to improve the quality of policies made by the government this year, the National Institute of Public Administration (LAN) held a seminar on the theme of Knowledge Management at the LAN office, Central Jakarta, on Feb. 27 with support from the Knowledge Sector Initiative (KSI) and the Indonesian Policy Analysts’Association (AAKI). The event was attended by 200 participants, including researchers from various state institutions, policy researchers and LAN officials.
To support local governments to submit proposals for special allocation funds (DAK) more easily and accountably in the upcoming year, the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas), with the support of Knowledge Sector Initiative (KSI), has launched an integrated system called “KRISNA-DAK”.
In cooperation with Knowledge Sector Initiative (KSI), the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) conducted a Policy Research Forum in Jakarta on 20 December 2017.
To close the gap between researchers and the private sector, the Company Community Partnership for Health in Indonesia (CCPHI) conducted several ‘Research and Business Forum’ discussions in November 22 and 29, 2017 at the Knowledge Sector Initiative (KSI) office in Jakarta. This forum was attended by representatives of the private sector and policy-oriented research organisations.
The Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education’s 2018 Grant Guidelines for Research and Community Outreach will for the first time include an explicit focus on gender and social inclusion.
The mass media can play an important role in providing accurate information to the public and policymakers. As part of its efforts to promote better use of evidence in public policy debates, the Knowledge Sector Initiative (KSI) participated in Tempo Media Week 2017 at the National Library, Central Jakarta, on November 24-27, 2017.
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.
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.