Indonesia Project News no. 22, July-December 2016

 

ANU Indonesia Project met with Indonesian Finance Minister Dr Sri Mulyani in Jakarta. From left to right: Budy Resosudarmo, Hal Hill, Sri Mulyani, Arianto Patunru, Suahasil Nazara.

ANU Indonesia Project met with Indonesian Finance Minister Dr Sri Mulyani in Jakarta. From left to right: Budy Resosudarmo, Hal Hill, Sri Mulyani, Arianto Patunru, Suahasil Nazara.

 

ACTIVITIES

On Friday November 4, 2016, Hal Hill, Budy Resosudarmo and Arianto Patunru visited the Indonesian Minister of Finance, Dr Sri Mulyani, who was accompanied by the Head of the Fiscal Policy Office, Dr Suahasil Nazara. The team updated Dr Mulyani on the Project’s activities, in particular the recurrent High Level Policy Dialogue (HLPD), and a discussion followed regarding key issues to be tackled at the upcoming HLPD in March 2017. These include improving the central-regional fiscal transfer, maritime connectivity, the service sector, and public-private partnerships.

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The 34th Indonesia Update by ANU Indonesia Project

 

On 16 and 17 September 2016, the ANU Indonesia Project held the 34th Indonesia Update Conference on the theme Digital Indonesia: challenges and opportunities of the digital revolution. The conference was convened by Ross Tapsell from The Australian National University (ANU) and Edwin Jurriëns from the University of Melbourne, and involved twenty speakers and session chairs. The Digital Indonesia conference was one of the largest Updates held by the ANU Indonesia Project, with more than 450 people attending the event on the first day, and around 400 on the second, with a total registration of 560 participants.

The conference addressed urgent questions surrounding ‘digital Indonesia’, such as what exactly is the digital economy, and can it live up to its promise? What challenges and opportunities does digitalisation bring to Indonesian governance, politics, policy, culture and society more broadly? How can Indonesia bridge the ‘digital divide’? Speakers included experts from Australia, Indonesia and around the world, from a range of disciplines, who are researching the impacts of digital technologies. It also included speakers who are actively involved in developing new digital platforms in Indonesia.

Speakers included Ainun Nadjib, Onno Purbo, Michele Ford, Usman Hamid, Emma Baulch and many more.

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  • Presentations are available for viewing and to download from the 2016 Indonesia Update page.
  • See the speakers’ profiles and videos of Digital Indonesia at New Mandala.
  • Read the blog for a complete summary of Indonesia Update, Day 1 and Day 2.
  • See the photos taken by our volunteers on our facebook page.
  • Information about previous Indonesia Updates is available on our website.

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Eve Warburton presented the current political situations in Indonesia.

Eve Warburton presented the current political situations in Indonesia.

 

Continuing the recent tradition, the ANU Indonesia Project in collaboration with the Lowy Institute for International Policy held the Indonesia Update in Sydney (also known as the “Indonesia Mini Update”) on 19 September, 2016. The event was attended by around 50 representatives from academia, and the policy and business communities.

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 Also on 19 September, 2016, The Digital Indonesia conference in Perth was a collaborative project between the ANU Indonesia Project and the Asia Research Centre at Murdoch University and attracted 100 participants. Seeing one of the Centre’s research interests is cultural and media studies, collaborating with the ANU Indonesia Project to host a Mini-Update on Digital Indonesia at Murdoch University was a natural match.

»  find out more and you can watch the video of the presentations.

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Book editor John McCarthy during the book launch.

Book editor John McCarthy during the book launch.

 

Two successful update book launches were held in Canberra and Sydney on 21 and 28 July. The 2015 Indonesia Update book, Land and development in Indonesia: searching for the people’s sovereignty, was launched at the ANU and the University of Sydney consecutively.

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 The August 2016 issue (52.2) of the Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies (BIES) opened with a Survey of Recent Developments focusing on demographic change and social spending. The issue also included articles on the 2014 village law, land distribution, Indonesia’s poverty profile, and the effect of resource export booms on workers’ earnings.

The December 2016 issue (52.3; forthcoming) features a Survey on the challenge of restoring competitiveness and the search for fiscal space, as well as articles on Jokowi and the new developmentalism, Indonesia’s macro forecasting record, consistency between the National Labour Force Survey (Sakernas) and the Indonesia Family Life Survey, and the development of inequality and poverty in Indonesia between 1932 and 2008.

The journal also publishes book reviews and, on BIESjournal.org, abstracts of recent doctoral theses on the Indonesian economy. It has been published continuously since 1965.

To read, submit, or subscribe to BIES, visit Taylor & Francis Online. You can also follow the journal on TwitterFacebook, or the BIES blog.

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The Thee Kian Wie distinguished visiting professorship is a joint initiative by DFAT and ANU to honour the contributions of Dr Thee Kian Wie. A highly distinguished Indonesian economist is invited to take up a visiting position each year in the Arndt-Corden Department of Economics for up to three months during the period of appointment. The Second appointee is Professor Muhamad Chatib Basri. He is one of Indonesia’s most eminent and highly regarded economists and the leading public policy economist of his generation in Indonesia.

While serving in this role, he delivered the 15th H W Arndt Memorial Lecture – How to do reform in a ‘second-best world’: the case of Indonesia. Listen to the podcast.

Details of his public engagements and publications during this term are available here.

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OTHER ACTIVITIES

Speakers Hans Antlov (5th from right) and discussants Adhitya Wardhono, Yulia Indrawati and Mohamad Adenan (first 3 people from the right)

 

In November 2016 the BIES Economic Dialogue and Forum was held at Padjajaran University, Bandung, Universitas Jember in Jember City and Nusa Cendana University, Kupang. The topic was village governance, community life and the 2014 Village Law in Indonesia, based on an article in the August 2016 issues of the Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies (BIES) written by Hans Antlöv, Anna Wetterberg and Leni Dharmawan.

Hans Antlöv and Leni Dharmawan presented their paper in which they investigated the effects that prior policy has had on village life and identified the likely implications of the 2014 law on village governance.

Find out more about the event, read the presentation files and watch the video of the Bandung event here.

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In 2017, the Forum Kajian Pembangunan (FKP) will embark on its eighth year of meetings. On 10 November 2016, members of the FKP Organizing Committee met to evaluate meetings so far and to plan for 2017. Representatives of BAPPENAS, LIPI, BKF, RCCC UI, LD FEB UI, LPEM FEB UI, CEDS UNPAD, SMERU and the ANU Indonesia Project attended the meeting.

» find out more about FKP events held between January and December 2016; which were the most watched videos uploaded in 2016; plans for the FKP Roadshow in 3 cities outside Java in March 2017; and the FKP monthly hosts for 2017.

» You can read the presentation files and watch videos of the meetings here.

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There were nine Indonesia Study Group (ISG) seminars held in the second semester of 2016. All speakers came from interstate or were international speakers, including our visiting fellows and one of our Thee Kian Wie visiting professors. We also co-hosted a ‘Meet the Author’ event with Goenawan Mohamad, acclaimed Indonesian writer and man of letters.

ISG topics ranged from the current Indonesian economic situation to combating corruption, climate risk governance, labour markets and pribumi politics.

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» You can read the excerpts and listen to some of the podcasts of the ISG seminars.

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Dr Arianto Patunru, the Hon Professor Gareth Evans and Professor Iwan Jaya Azis discussed economic trends in Emerging Asia.

Dr Arianto Patunru, the Hon Professor Gareth Evans and Professor Iwan Jaya Azis discussed economic trends in Emerging Asia. Photo credit: Sastra Wijaya from Australia Plus.

 

An Indonesia Study Group Roadshow was held for the first time in Melbourne in collaboration with ANU Melbourne on 19 July 2016. The Indonesia Project’s Thee Kian Wie Distinguished Professor, Iwan Jaya Azis, and Dr Arianto Patunru gave presentations on economic trends in Emerging Asia and implications for Australia’s foreign policy and business interests. The seminar provided an opportunity to hear from the two leading economic analysts and discussed critical opportunities and challenges for the region.

An article by Australia Plus on this event is available to read here (in Indonesian). It was also covered by Tempo and Detik.com.

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Two visitors took part in the Project’s Visiting Fellows Program in the second half of 2016.

Mr Teguh Yudo Wicaksono from SurveyMeter visited from 26 August – 26 September 2016

Teguh conducted research on New Technologies and Earnings Structure, and Connectivity and Political Competition.

Ms Bivitri Susanti, Deputy Director, Indonesia Jentera School of Law (currently completing a PhD at University of Washington, Seattle), visited from 14 November – 23 December 2016

Brivitri used it as an opportunity to finalise her dissertation on “Indonesia’s Post-Reformasi Rule of Law Discourse: New Space, New Actors”.

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During the second half of 2016, six of the eight Research Grant recipients from the 2015-2016 grants round have completed their project and submitted their research reports.  Another two of them will finish in the first half of 2017. The projects for the 2016-2017 grants round are still on-going and we expect to receive research reports from them by mid-2017. Papers that resulted from the 2015-2016 projects were submitted to academic journals, including the Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, in the second half of 2016.  The group led by Clint Cameron also expects to turn their report on mangrove carbon into a policy brief for the Indonesian government

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There were six recipients in the sixth round of Research Travel Grants provided by the ANU Indonesia Project; all of them honour’s students. Three grantees are from the University of Queensland: Stephanie Pearson, who is studying the migration-development nexus in Indonesia; Bryanna Wilson, whose research is on modern women in contemporary Indonesian media; and Melanie Kilby, who is working on refugee and asylum seeker minors in Indonesia. Two grantees come from the ANU: Maighdlin Doyle is working on Indonesian influence in Timor Leste and Jacob Wray on the Japanese occupation of the Netherlands East Indies. Another recipient is from Monash University and is looking at the music of the Talo Balak Ensemble of Lampung, Indonesia.

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OTHER SEMINARS AND MEETINGS

The opening of IRSA Conference in Malang. Photo by Arief Yusuf

The opening of IRSA Conference in Malang. Photo credit: Arief Yusuf

 

This year the ANU Indonesia Project supported the Indonesian Regional Science Association (IRSA) in conducting its 13th IRSA Conference in Malang, East Java, on 25 and 26 July.  The Faculty of Economics, Brawijaya University, hosted the conference and the theme was Demographic change and regional development.

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ANU Indonesia Project with Goenawan Mohamad

 

The Indonesia Project together with the ANU and The Canberra Times held a Meet the author event with Goenawan Mohamad on 5 September 2016.

Acclaimed Indonesian writer and man of letters, Goenawan Mohamad, conversed with Emeritus Professor James Fox about his new book, In Other Words, a volume of essays edited and translated by Jennifer Lindsay, who also participated in the conversation. Goenawan’s essays, written between 1968 and 2014, demonstrate the breadth of his perceptive and elegant commentary on literature, faith, mythology, politics, history and Indonesian life.

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ANU Indonesia Project meets with Indonesian digital start-ups

 

On 15 September 2016, the ANU Indonesia Project held a pre-Indonesia Update discussion with a group of Indonesian digital entrepreneurs and start-ups. The group of 30 people was in Canberra to attend the 2016 Indonesia Update conference on Digital Indonesia and to participate in a two week program facilitated by the Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

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A large group of ANU Indonesia Project members and affiliates participated in the 15th East Asia Economic Association Convention held in Bandung on November 5-6, 2016, presenting papers and serving as chairs and as discussants. The theme of the convention was sustainable and inclusive development in Asia and the global economy. More than 250 economists representing 21 countries contributed to the convention. Ross Garnaut, Professorial Research Fellow in Economics at the University of Melbourne and Associate at ANU Indonesia Project, presented a keynote speech on Asia and the global response to climate change on the second day of the convention.

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The 2016 Hadi Soesastro Awards ceremony was held at Parliament House, Canberra, on 8 November. The Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP, presented the Awards to Ms Dewy Syahidah from James Cook University for her PhD research on aquaculture and to Mr Riznaldi Akbar from the University of Western Australia for his research on debt management.

Foreign Minister Bishop reiterated the importance of higher education in the Australia-Indonesia relationship. Ms Bishop also announced the Australian Government’s renewed commitment to the ANU Indonesia Project. According to the Minister, the Indonesia Project has been a remarkable for its work on the economy and society of Indonesia (see video from 2:55).

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Aiming to strengthen the Project’s link with partners in Indonesia, the head of the Indonesia Project, Budy Resosudarmo, visited the Faculty of Economics and Business-University of Indonesia (FEB-UI) in July to deliver the public lecture, “Development in remote areas of Indonesia: Cases of the Tual and Sumba Islands”, and to talk to the Dean of FEB-UI and Professor Iwan Jaya Azis about how the Indonesia Project could support FEB-UI in setting up online course lecture materials for the Introduction of Development Economics course in their undergraduate program.   He revisited in November to observe the process of developing the materials.  Professor Ralph Christy (Cornell University (CIIFAD)) gave courses on The Role of Agriculture in Development.

Budy also visited Mataram University in Lombok, Nusa Tenggara Barat, to introduce the Project’s activities to its faculty members and students. While there, he also conducted a seminar on Climate change policies in Indonesia and the United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference (COP 22) in Marrakesh.

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In October, Arianto A Patunru presented his research at Universitas Hasanuddin, Makassar, to an audience of more than 170 graduate students and faculty members. His study, co-investigated with Professor Ari Kuncoro from Universitas Indonesia and Budy Resosudarmo from the ANU, looks at the relationship between trade liberalisation and household nutritional intakes in Indonesia from 1993 to 2011.

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The first Thee Kian Wie Lecture in Jakarta.

The first Thee Kian Wie Lecture in Jakarta.

 

The First in the Thee Kian Wie Lecture Series was held on 20 September 2016 at the Indonesia Institute of Sciences (Lembaga Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia, LIPI), Jakarta. Professor Boediono, former Vice President of Indonesia, delivered keynote remarks, recounting the influence Thee Kian Wie had on his career as academic and policy maker. After this, Mari Elka Pangestu reflected on 50 years of Indonesia’s trade policy; Professor Iwan Jaya Azis discussed rational choice institutionalism (RCI) in Asia and domestic competitiveness; and Professor Carunia Mulya Fidausy presented on growth policy and strategy that could eradicate poverty in Indonesia.

»  find out more, read presentation files, and watch the video of the Keynote Speech.

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FUTURE ACTIVITIES

  • March: HLPD, FKP Roadshow in 3 cities outside Java in March 2017, with the topic of rural development. Additionally, the livestream will be upgraded to video (currently it is in audio), and the websitefkpindonesia.org will be enhanced to become a central repository of all FKP resources (slides, video, announcements, etc).
  • May: Sadli Lecture
  • July: Hadi Soesastro Policy Forum, Mubyarto Public Policy Forum