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  AIPI - Indonesian Academy of Sciences

AIPI is an independent institution which brings together Indonesia's leading scientists to provide independent, objective advice to the nation on matters related to science policy.

  AKATIGA Pusat Analisis Sosial

AKATIGA is a Bandung based research institute. Founded in 1991, AKATIGA conducts research on social issues for poverty reduction among marginalised groups in Indonesia. Its research focuses on four main themes - agrarian reform, labour, micro-business and governance. Its recent research topics include food security and resilience, employment opportunities, evaluation of poverty alleviation and empowerment programs (including PNPM), promoting small enterprises through market development, and support for local government reforms.

  Article 33 Indonesia

Article 33 is a research based policy advocacy organisation founded in 2009 that focuses on social policy, extractive industries, and climate change. Based in Jakarta, Article 33’s research and activities address governance, accountability and transparency issues in social policy (education and health), extractive industries, climate change and forestry sectors.

  Bandung Institute of Governance Studies (BIGS) Ban

To promote local knowledge relevant for conservation of Ungaran Mount Forest in Central Java.

  CSIS - Centre for Strategic and International Stud

Established in 1971, CSIS is a Jakarta based think tank focused on providing policy-oriented studies on domestic and international issues, and active in public advocacy and public education. CSIS undertakes research in economics, politics and social change, and international relations and has an active publication program covering a wide range of subjects.

Publications include books, monographs and journals. CSIS’ research is complemented by its relations with an extensive network of research, academic and other organisations worldwide, including The ANU (Australia), Council on FR (New York), JIIA (Japan), Lowy Institute (Australia), SWP (Germany), CPIFA (China), CSIS (DC), DCAF Geneva. CSIS also serves as the Secretariat for the ASEAN-ISIS, a consortium of 10 leading think tanks in Southeast Asia.

  ELSAM - The Institute for Policy Research and Advo

ELSAM is a Jakarta based human rights policy advocacy organisation established in 1993 by a group of human rights defenders and lawyers.

ELSAM studies the impact of draft laws and existing laws and policies on human rights. It also engages in human rights advocacy, human investigation and reporting, education and training; and the publication of information on human rights and business, freedom of expression and general human rights issues. Among ELSAM’s publications is an annual report on the human rights situation in Indonesia.

  IRE - Institute for Research and Empowerment

IRE is an independent, non political party, and an academic based institution founded in Yogyakarta in 1994. IRE’s activities focus on widening and deepening democracy through strengthening ideas and critical civil society organisations and private sectors.

IRE’s current research topic is developing through three main clusters; deepening democracy, governance and policy reform, and community development and empowerment through strengthening cross cluster issues that include poverty alleviation and village reform.

  Kemenko PMK - Kementerian Koordinator bidang Pemba


  Knowledge Center

KSI supports the development of a Knowledge Center under the Ministry for National Development Planning (Bappenas) as part of Indonesia's commitment on global knowledge sharing agenda as effective tool for development cooperation. The process in producing, communicating, and using development smart practices in Indonesia will be captured and documented as a learning model and framework for the Knowledge Center.

KSI provides technical support to the implementation of Knowledge Center related activities, focusing on the pilot replication activities, to ensure that knowledge collected in the process can be used as input to Bappenas's planning and policy formulation processes.

Bappenas hopes that by the end of 2019, the Bappenas Knowledge Center is a recognised knowledge repository and connector of Indonesian development experiences, facilitating the capturing, validating, and sharing of tested development solutions in Indonesia for domestic and international adaptation and replication.

  KPPOD - Regional Autonomy Watch

Founded in 2001, KPPOD is a Jakarta based research organisation that examines Central and Regional government policy and practises implementing regional autonomy to develop economic decentralisation.

Recent research reports include those on inter regional trade cooperation; local governance and district growth performance; impact of local regulations on business activities-- fishery case studies; and infrastructure quality, local government expenditure and corruption.

  Lembaga Advokasi HIV AIDS (LAHA) Kendari, Sulawesi

To develop community-based insurance model using local knowledge from Melesi'.

  Lembaga Kajian Keislaman dan Kemasyarakatan (LK3)

To revitalize river conservation culture to adapt with the climate change through policy advocacy and urban development.

  CHPM - Centre for Health Policy and Management Uni

Established in 1998, the Centre for Health Policy Management (CHPM) is a research and consultation centre under the structure of Universitas Gadjah Mada Faculty of Medicine. CHPM conducts research, consultation, networking, advocacy & dissemination, and training based on the four main pillars: service provision, regulations, health financing and human resource development.

This framework is applied in conducting activities for both public and private service provider institutions, bureaucratic/government organisations, building collaboration with various universities and international organisations, and organising seminars, training, research & dissemination and workshops in health service management.

  Politics Government Research Centre Jurusan Politik dan Pemerintahan, Universitas Gadjah Mada (POLGOV UGM) Yogyakarta

To strengthen local knowledge for natural resource management.

  Poros Photo Yogyakarta

To conduct a visual ethnographic study to produce policy recommendations to improve welfare of traditional fishermen in Lamalera.
  PPIM Pusat Pengkajian Islam dan Masyarakat, UIN

PPIM is a research centre based at the Universitas Islam Negeri Syarif Hidayatullah in Jakarta. Founded in 1995, the centre encourages scholars from various disciplines to study Indonesia’s unique brand of Islam, Muslim society and education. PPIM publishes the well-known journal, Studia Islamika.



  Indonesian Centre for Law and Policy Studies

was established in 1998, working on research and advocacy towards socially responsible law making in Indonesia. PSHK works in two main areas: parliamentary and judiciary reform. In parliamentary reform, PSHK annually publishes a comprehensive report on parliamentary legislative performance including developing a legislative drafting training manual that has been used in a series of training sessions at both local and national levels.

In judiciary reform, PSHK has provided assistance to the Supreme Court, namely in the making of the Blueprint of Indonesian Supreme Court Reform, and others. PSHK continuously develops innovative approaches to law reform. PSHK cofounded (, publishes the law journal “JENTERA”, manages the Daniel S. Lev Law Library (, and established the Indonesia Jentera School of Law (

  PUSAD - Centre for the Study of Islam and Democracy

is an independent institution under Paramadina Foundation. It conducts research and advocacies in the social, political and religious sectors. PUSAD Paramadina has been established with the vision “toward a democratic, peaceful and just Indonesia”.

To achieve this vision, PUSAD Paramadina works based on its mission statement, “endorsing the development of Indonesia’s quality democracy with justice, peace and recognition for plurality as its backbone”. Among the research topics that have already been published are "Disengagement of Jihadists in Poso, Indonesia", "Disputed Churches in Jakarta" and "Patterns of Religious Conflict in Indonesia".

At the moment, PUSAD Paramadina is conducting research on "Policing Religious Protests in Indonesia”. It also carries out public advocacies through the Nurcholish Madjid Memorial Lecture (NMML) and Ahmad Wahib Award.

  Pusat Kajian Antropologi, Departemen Antropologi, Fakultas Ilmu Sosial dan Ilmu Politik, Universitas Indonesia (PUSKA FISIP UI) Depok, Jawa Barat

To improve farmers’ traditional and more recent empirical knowledge to respond better to climate change through agrometeorological learning.

  Pusat Kajian Pendidikan dan Masyarakat (PKPM) Aceh

To revitalize local values and role of Keujruen Blang traditional institutions in Aceh Besar district.

  AIDS Research Centre

The AIDS Research Centre is a Jakarta based university research centre established in 1997. It is a leading research centre on HIV and AIDS in Indonesia. Its current research projects include drug addiction treatment recovery and integrated HIV prevention; regional research on sex workers and violence - understanding factors for safety and protection; and sub populations with high HIV prevalence.

  Pusat Telaah dan Informasi Regional (PATTIRO) Jakarta

To promote contribution of local knowledge 'Sasi' into the maritime resources management policy.

  Puskapol UI Centre for Political Studies, University of Indonesia

is a university based research institution under the coordination of the Department of Political Science at the University of Indonesia. Started in 1995 - known as “Laboratorium Ilmu Politik” (LIP) - Puskapol UI aims to develop political research that can contribute to advocacy work. Puskapol UI’s vision is to promote a democratic, just and equal model of political governance.

At present, there are two research clusters in Puskapol UI: decentralisation and political representation. Publication of research and training that have been conducted cover various themes, such as: women’s political representation, critical studies on political representation, empowering the capacity of female legislative candidates, political transactions in elections, the Asia democracy index, the politics of wages in among labourers in Jabotabek, etc.

  Sajogyo Institute

Founded in Bogor in 2005, Sajogyo Institute is an Indonesian agrarian research centre. Sajogyo Institute is a part of a social movement research centre to provide support to increase critical thinking to encourage agrarian reform which ensures the fulfilment of the rights of the rural poor, the indigenous community, and other marginalised groups including both men and women.

Sajogyo Institute produces and provides agrarian knowledge through research, training, and policy intervention. Sajogyo Institute also works closely with other relevant civil society organisations and is part of an epistemic community both at the national and international levels.

  Seknas Fitra National Secretariat of the Indonesian Forum for Budget Transparency

Seknas Fitra is a Jakarta based advocacy NGO established in 1999, which serves as a watchdog organisation focusing on government spending and budgeting at both the national and local levels. Its aims include increased transparency of the entire budget process and citizen involvement.

Seknas Fitra’s activities include analysis of the state budget, increasing public awareness of budget accountability issues, advocating for budget transparency, and legal reform to make financial regulations more transparent, accountable and participatory. Recent publications include the Budget Allocation Disclosure Index of Indonesian Ministries and the Indonesian Open Budget Survey 2012.


SMERU is a Jakarta based public policy research institute that focuses on poverty and other socioeconomic issues in Indonesia. Originally established in October 1998 by Australian Aid and the World Bank as a crisis monitoring unit, SMERU became an independent organisation in January 2001.

SMERU’s current areas of study include poverty, social protection, health, education, food security, and child welfare. SMERU’s website is aiming to be a resource centre which includes featuring a resource centre that includes a comprehensive database of Indonesian NGOs.


SurveyMeter is a non governmental research institute founded in February 2002 whose main office is located in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. SurveyMETER is internationally known for conducting large scale surveys and producing data that are of high quality and used by policy makers, donor agencies, academics, and other partners.

SurveyMETER has a long history in working with both Indonesian and international researchers to design, plan, and implement quantitative as well as qualitative data collection efforts, especially in the field of social, economic, and health sciences. Results from the surveys that have been conducted are expected to contribute not only in terms of improved social policy, economics and health, but also as contributions in building and promoting the quality of research in Indonesia.

  Tempo Institute


  Yayasan Kemaslahatan Ummat (YKU) Aceh

To conduct a study on the role of Mawah system as a traditional financial mechanism in supporting the livelihood of vulnerable communities in rural Aceh.

  Yayasan Pikul Kupang, Nusa Tenggara Timur

To explore ways to successfully manage community-based water management.