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 Research and Business Forum aims to build partnerships between the private sector and research organizations to improve the use of research in addressing key challenges to Indonesia’s growth and development.
The first discussion on 22 November 2017 on the theme of“Developing a Citizen’s Economy, Wealth, and Health” was attended by 29 participants.
Speakers included Asep Suryahadi from SMERU Research Institute, Shita Listya Dewi from the Center for Health Policy and Management at Gadjah Mada University, and Dadi Darmadi from the Center for the Study of Islam and Society at Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University.
The discussion, moderated by Ananta Gondomono, a Partnership Building Officer with CCPHI, discussed the different perspectives of the private sector and research institutions.
For example, the private sector is often reluctant to publish their research if it could result in them losing their competitive advantage. However, for research institutions, publishing research is critical to communicating findings to the public and policy makers.
A second discussion on 29 November discussed the private sector’s need for research on developments in public policy relevant to their businesses.
Speakers at the session came from research institutions experienced in partnering with the private sector such as M. Nur Sholikin from the Centrefor Law and Policy Studies (PSHK), Noory Okthariza from the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), and Asmoro Hadiyanto from the Indonesian Science Fund (DIPI).
Among the 25 participants were representatives from Freeport, Indofood, and the Indonesian Alliance for Policy Research (ARK Indonesia).