Bappenas’ newly established Centre for Policy Analysis or Pusat Analisis Kebijakan (PAK) has started to build networks with policy research institutes and think tanks at regional and national levels. The aim is to socialise PAK, learn lessons from existing think tanks and identify potential collaborations. After conducting knowledge sharing events with 16 KSI policy research institutes, 10 local think tanks from Western Indonesia and 15 from Eastern Indonesia as reported here, on 16 November PAK conducted a workshop with 11 national think tanks, including the
Dr. Leroy Samy Uguy, Head of Research and Development of the Ministry of Village, Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration
Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), the Ministry of Finance’s Fiscal Policy Agency (BKF), the Centre for Policy Harmonisation and Analysis (PUSHAKA), the Policy Analysis Team at the House of Representatives (DRP), the Research Unit at the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), the Indonesian Academy for Young Scientists (ALMI), and research and development agencies (Balitbang) at a number of line ministries. These national think tanks and policy units shared their experiences and challenges in managing their institutes and producing policy-relevant research and analysis. This initial meeting was very much appreciated, and participants expressed their interest in continuing with concrete collaborations, such as through sharing data, information, knowledge and expertise. “I am interested to participate and support the initiative to build networks among government think tanks. I hope that we can build joint platforms, such as through websites to share data, expertise and even conduct joint analysis for cross-cutting strategic policy issues,” said Dr Leroy Samy Uguy, Head of Research and Development of the Ministry of Village, Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration.