FKP in the first half of 2017

2017 TKW Lecture Wamen Kemenkeu di LIPI

Left to right on the stage: Deputy Minister Mardiasmo, Sri Moertiningsih Adioetomo, Latif Adam, Christopher Manning (credit: Kementerian Keuangan RI)

In the first half of 2017, the Forum Kajian Pembangunan (FKP) continued to expand both in terms of the number of events and audience size. Between January and June 2017, 22 events were held, including 5 special events. In comparison, 21 and 20 events were held in the first half of 2016 and 2015, respectively.

The five special events in 2017 included the FKP Roadshows in Makassar, Banda Aceh and Padang (reported here), The Thee Kian Wie Lecture in April hosted by LIPI (reported here), and the 11th Sadli Lecture in May hosted by LPEM FEB UI and the ANU Indonesia Project (reported here). Together, these five special events drew an average of 110 attendees with a relatively balanced proportion of males and females.

Several regular FKP seminars also drew large audiences, including the first FKP of 2017 comprising a panel on Indonesia’s trade performance, and the two events hosted by Bank Indonesia in February on the global value chain in the automotive industry and on the effects of the supply and demand of foreign currency on the Rupiah exchange rate. In total, by the end of May 2017 an average of 35 people had attended each of the regular FKP seminars.

In November 2016, the FKP started to use Eventbrite as a promotion and registration platform for all events, and this has attracted a wider audience, with many new attendees coming from private universities in the Greater Jakarta area and from the private sector.

Additionally, the FKP now has a dedicated website, www.fkpindonesia.org where links to schedules, summaries, presentation files and videos are centralised. The website is still under development, but it is hoped that this site will become an important source of research-based and analytical information on the state of development in Indonesia, for both teaching and policy-making purposes.

For 2017, the FKP welcomes two new hosts, i.e. Innovation for Indonesia’s School Children Programme (INOVASI, who will host in November) and Pusat Studi Hukum dan Kebijakan Indonesia (Center for Indonesian Legal and Policy Studies or PSHK, who will host in December).