This year Sadli Lecture was given by Peter McDonald, Professor of Demography in the Crawford School of Public Policy. Held on 22 April at Borobudur Hotel, Peter delivered a Lecture titled The demography of Indonesia in comparative perspective. This Lecture was jointly organised by the Institute for Economic and Social Research (LPEM), Faculty of Economics University of Indonesia and ANU Indonesia Project.
The Public Lecture discusses the implications of Indonesia’s population growth and distribution for its economy, as well as the poor quality of demographic data. Having reduced its fertility rate over the past 40 years, Indonesia has reached a new demographic crossroad. Its fertility rate is now around 2.5 births per woman, which, if sustained, would add substantial numbers to Indonesia’s population in the future. There are concerns within Indonesia that the present level of population growth is an obstacle to continued economic development and, accordingly, that fertility should be reduced to the replacement level of 2.1 births per woman as soon as possible. Yet a comparative perspective indicates that countries such as Singapore, Japan, and Thailand are concerned about the effects that their very low rates of fertility are having on their labour forces and their rates of population ageing. With the right policy settings Indonesia can avoid this outcome yet continue to reduce its fertility.
Professor Dorodjatun Kuntjoro-Jakti from the Faculty of Economics, University of Indonesia welcomed everyone to the Lecture, followed by a Keynote Remark from HE Dr M Chatib Basri, Indonesian Finance Minister. Professor Sri Moertiningsih Adioetomo from the Faculty of Economics, University of Indonesia and Associate Professor Budy P Resosudarmo from ANU Indonesia Project were the discussants. The Lecture was chaired by Dr Vid Adrison (Faculty of Economics, University of Indonesia).
More than 100 people attended the Lecture, including HE Dr Mari Pangestu, Indonesian Minister for Tourism and Creative Economy, academics from various universities in Jakarta, demographers, early career and senior researchers and public officials, also students.
A live streaming of the Sadli Lecture which could be accessed from any part of the world was also available for the first time.
Another Public Lecture with the same topic by Professor Peter McDonald was also held the next day in Yogyakarta. This event was organised by the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences Gadjah Mada University (FISIPOL UGM).
Dean FISIPOL UGM, Dr Erwan Agus Purwanto, opened the event on the morning of 24 April, noting that the topic of demographic change is a timely one as it is being discussed at the policy level at the central and local levels. On behalf of the ANU Indonesia Project, Lydia Napitupulu then provided brief introduction of the ANU Indonesia Project, now in its 50th year of research, policy analysis and research dissemination to audiences in Australia, Indonesia and globally.
About Peter McDonald
Peter McDonald is Professor of Demography in the Crawford School of Public Policy. He was President of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) for the years, 2010-2013. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.
He is frequently consulted on the issue of population futures (causes, consequences and policies) by governments around the world, especially in Australia, Europe and East Asia. In 2008, he was appointed as a Member in the Order of Australia. He is Deputy Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research. He is an advisor to Population Europe and is a member of the Australian Ministerial Advisory Council on Skilled Migration.
Prior to his present appointment he was head of research at the Australian Institute of Family Studies for a period of 11 years. He has also worked at the Demographic Institute of the University of Indonesia, at the World Fertility Survey, London and the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Throughout his career, he has been actively engaged in the teaching and promotion of demography as a discipline while applying interdisciplinary approaches in his research. He has a PhD degree in Demography from the Australian National University and an Honours degree in Economics Statistics from the University of New South Wales.
About Sadli Lecture
The aim of the lecture series is to broaden understanding and stimulate debate among students, academics and policy makers of the key economic policy challenges faced by Indonesia, drawing on the experience of neighbouring countries. It is named in honour of the late Professor Mohammad Sadli who was probably Indonesia’s most influential commentator on economic affairs over the past 40 years. Each year it is based on a commissioned paper on Indonesia in comparative economic perspective, published each year in the August number of the Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies.
Related media coverage
You can watch the Sadli Lecture from ANU Indonesia Project website: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtPuRjSBUvo&list=UUj1Sww30_GCNxFz-klptUNg
The Sadli Lecture and the UGM Lecture were covered by several Indonesian media. Some of them:
- Fertility reduction policies must continue by Jakarta Post
Selected presentation files
- Dr Elan Satriawan FISIPOL UGM Yogya 24 April 2014
- Professor Muhadjir Darwin FISIPOL UGM (in pdf)
- Professor Peter McDonald’s paper in BIES
Photos courtesy LPEM FEUI and Lydia Napitupulu