ANU INDONESIA PROJECT NEWS No. 17 January – June 2014

ANU Indonesia Project

ANU INDONESIA PROJECT NEWS No. 17 January – June 2014

There were several highlights in the Indonesia Project calendar for the period January-June 2014: Chatib Basri‘s public lecture, Navigating the Indonesian economy at the end of easy money; a special ISG panel on the 2014 parliamentary elections in Indonesia; the High Level Policy Dialogue (HLPD) meeting; the 2014 Sadli Lecture, The demography of Indonesia in comparative perspective; the Hadi Soesastro Forum which incorporated the Public Lecture, Asia in the current global liquidity: Dancing with the system, delivered by Professor Iwan Jaya Azis from Cornell University, and the launch of the 2013 Indonesia Update Book: “Regional dynamics in a decentralised Indonesia”.


Indonesia’s Finance Minister, Dr M Chatib Basri, gave a Public Lecture, Navigating the Indonesian economy at the end of easy money, organised by the Indonesia Project on 21 February 2014 at the Finkel Theatre, ANU.

Dr Basri used his public lecture to flag better trade ties between Indonesia and Australia, despite ongoing diplomatic tensions over asylum seekers and claims Australian agencies have spied on Indonesia’s leaders.

With regard to Indonesia’s relationships with Australia, he remarked that the two countries have a huge potential to build economic partnership and play an important role in the world economy.

Approximately 200 people attended the Public Lecture, including academics, students, Australian and Indonesian government officials, and the general public.

For more information regarding Dr Basri, please see the article on the Indonesia Project Blog.
A video of Dr Basri’s Public Lecture is available at: ANU Indonesia Project YouTube.

For more about this Public Lecture, see Antara News and KBRI Canberra.


A special Indonesia Study Group panel discussion was held in April on the topic “The 2014 parliamentary elections in Indonesia: patterns and consequences”. Experts from the School of International, Political and Strategic Studies, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, discussed the results of the elections and what they mean for the upcoming presidential polls.

Associate Professor Greg Fealy particularly highlighted the results gained by Islamic parties; Professor Ed Aspinall reported on the progress of his large, nation-wide research project on money politics in the elections; and Dr Marcus Mietzner analysed the outcome of the legislative polls in the context of the nominations for the presidential ballot in July.

This seminar was chaired by Robert Cribb from the School of Culture, History and Language. Held on 30 April, at the Finkel Theatre, John Curtin School of Medical Research, this ISG seminar was the biggest to date, attended by more than 150 people from various government agencies in Australia, Indonesian embassy officials, academics based in Canberra and Sydney, plus a large number of students and general public. Approximately 35% of attendees were female.

No recordings are available for this ISG seminar.


High Level Policy Dialogue 2014

The High Level Policy Dialogue (HLPD) between Indonesia and Australia in 2014 was held in Jakarta on 16 April, with approximately 80 participants. Attendees from Indonesia included the Minister and Deputy of the Ministry of Finance, staff from the Coordinating Ministry for Economics and Finance, PLN (Indonesian state-owned electricity company), and the State Ministry for National Development Planning/BAPPENAS. Representatives from Australia included staff of the Treasury, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Australian Productivity Commission. Other institutions represented included the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the Asian Development Bank, the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, the Australian National University, the University of Indonesia, Gadjah Mada University, and Bogor Institute of Agriculture.

The HLPD was established as a collaborative activity between the Indonesian and Australian governments and a select number of Australian and Indonesian academics. This initiative arose in 2007 in response to a request by Indonesia’s former Finance Minister, Sri Mulyani, for a policy dialogue with a group of experts about key issues of relevance to Indonesia’s economic development. Following the successful rounds of 2008-2013 Dialogue meetings, Indonesia’s current Finance Minister, M. Chatib Basri, requested that these dialogue meetings be continued.

Indonesia remained potentially vulnerable to global market volatility in 2014. Following an overview of the Indonesian economy, and a general review of the Australian experience with structural change and reform, the HLPD focused on three broad topics: industrial policy and competitiveness, revenue policy and energy policy.

Following the dialogue, a draft communiqué was prepared and presented to the Minister of Finance the next day.



The eighth Sadli Lecture was delivered by Peter McDonald (Professor of Demography, Crawford School of Public Policy) on 22 April at the Borobudur Hotel. The lecture, “The demography of Indonesia in comparative perspective” was jointly organised by the Institute for Economic and Social Research (LPEM), Faculty of Economics, University of Indonesia, and the ANU Indonesia Project.

The lecture discussed 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 crossroads. 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, public officials, and 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.
A video of the Sadli Lecture is available on the ANU Indonesia Project website.


Professsor Iwan Jaya Azis delivering the Hadi Soesastro Lecture

Professsor Iwan Jaya Azis delivering the Hadi Soesastro Lecture

The Hadi Soesastro Policy Forum is an annual one-day economic and policy forum in Jakarta held jointly by CSIS and the Indonesia Project. It aims to disseminate and engage discussion on Indonesia’s public policies. The Update Book based on the Indonesia Update Conference from the previous year is launched at this event.

Djisman Simandjuntak, Chair of CSIS Board of Directors, opened the Forum, followed by HE Dr M Chatib Basri, Indonesian Finance Minister, launching the 2013 Update book: Regional Dynamics in a Decentralised Indonesia, edited by Hal Hill and published by ISEAS in 2014.

In his speech, Dr Basri stated that Indonesian government had raised the incentive-disincentive issue for heads of region to improve budget effectiveness. He noted that several problems were currently faced by the government related to fiscal decentralisation. After elaborating on this theme, the Minister laid out that budget effectiveness depended on the central government’s capability to plan a mechanism to avoid the principle-agent problem, which theoretically, should be addressed by ensuring the existence of an incentive-disincentive mechanism in order to ensure the agent complies with the principle.
The Book Launch was followed by keynote remarks by HE Dr Mari Pangestu, Indonesian Minister for Tourism and Creative Economy. Dr Pangestu once again stated how important and still relevant Hadi Soesastro’s ideas are in current day Indonesia.

Dr Iwan Jaya Azis from the Asian Development Bank delivered the Hadi Soesastro Lecture, Asia in the current global liquidity: Dancing with the system. The Lecture explained the background of Emerging Asia’s excess savings, agents and policy responses and why everyone continues to ‘dance with the system.” Anton Gunawan from University of Indonesia discussed the topic and Djisman Simanjuntak chaired the Lecture.

Discussion of the 2013 Update book: Regional Dynamics in a Decentralised Indonesia was chaired by Mr James Gilling, Australian Ambassador for HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Three book authors and the editor, Professor Hal Hill from ANU, Dr Daju Pradnja Resosudarmo from CIFOR, Dr Marcus Mietzner from ANU, and Dr Matthew Wai-Poi from the World Bank discussed the book.
The Forum ended with an update on Indonesia’s current economic and political situation by Dr Sjamsu Rahardja from the World Bank and Dr Philips J Vermonte from CSIS, chaired by Dr Shafiah Muhibat, also from CSIS.

The Forum was attended by the Australian Ambassador to Indonesia, HE Mr Greg Moriarty, Ambassador Wiryono Sastrohandoyo, former Indonesian Ambassador to Australia, Professor Anwar Nasution, former Deputy Governor of Bank Indonesia and former Head of BPK. Most attendees were public officials, academics, and researchers, and there also were some NGO activists, students, and members of the general public. More than 200 people attended, with approximately 30% female.

For more about this event, please see the blog.


In memory of Thee Kian Wie

Thee Kian Wie

Members of the Indonesia studies academic community in Canberra were saddened by the passing away of our friend and colleague, Thee Kian Wie, in Jakarta recently.

An informal function by friends of Kian Wie, organised by Peter McCawley, was held in his memory on Wednesday 5 March at University House, ANU. Friends gathered to say a few personal words about times spent with Kian Wie. Among those present were Terry and Valerie Hull, Anthony Reid, Peter McCawley, Heath McMichael, Hal Hill, Budy Resosudarmo and Ross McLeod.


Other major seminars in Indonesia

On 23 April, Professor Peter McDonald gave a Public Lecture in Yogyakarta on the same topic as the one he delivered for the Sadli Lecture. This event was organised by the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Gadjah Mada University (FISIPOL UGM).

Professor McDonald provided a comprehensive background and introduction on the topic of demographic change and economic development, followed by an analysis of the demographic changes happening in Indonesia and elsewhere, and noted that the demographic bonus does not depend on the size of the population alone but also on other factors.

Professor Muhadjir Darwin, the first discussant, provided an interesting discussion on the structure of the population, noting that there are segments of the population that are more likely to have a large number of children, including religious fanatical sects, which will impact population makeup in the future. Dr. Elan Satriawan, the second discussant, raised the question of whether it is a demographic bonus or burden that Indonesia can expect in the future, questioning the quality of the future productive age population.

Professor Tadjuddin Noer Effendi, a long-time collaborator with the ANU Indonesia Project, chaired the event. The discussion session, though relatively short, yielded many interesting questions. More than 200 people attended the event, and some had to be turned away due to the limited capacity of the venue. Also in attendance were various faculty members of UGM, as well as Mrs Irawati Singarimbun, wife of the late Professor Masri Singarimbun, a pioneer in population studies in Indonesia.

For more information about these events, please see the Project’s Blog.


The School of Architecture, Planning and Development (SAPPK), Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), together with The Indonesia Project hosted another launch of the 2013 Update Book on 10 June 2014, at the Institut Teknologi Bandung.

The book was launched by the Rector of ITB/Dean of SAPPK ITB and the event was chaired by Dr Ibnu Syabri from SAPPK.

Many of the book’s authors discussed the contents of the book, including Hal Hill (H. W. Arndt Professor of Southeast Asian Economies, ANU) who gave an outline, followed by Professor Tommy Firman (ITB and Associates) Professor Budy P. Resosudarmo (Indonesia Project, ANU), who discussed two chapters from the book, one on the dynamics of Jabodetabek development, the challenge of urban governance, and the other one on the development in Papua after special autonomy. The book was then reviewed by Professor Gde. Raka, (Senior Lecturer in industrial engineering) and Dr Delik Hudalah, (Lecturer in regional and city planning), both from Bandung ITB.Various questions on different aspects of decentralisation were directed to the panel.

A total of 70 people attended this event, approximately 30% female. Most attendees were academics and post graduate students from ITB and other major universities in Bandung.


Another significant event in which the Indonesia Project participates is the annual Indonesian Regional Science Association (IRSA) Conference. This year’s was the 12th and was hosted by the Faculty of Economics, Hasanuddin University, on 2-3 June, 2014 in Makassar, South Sulawesi.
The conference is a venue for regional scientists and researchers of various different disciplines from Indonesia and beyond to share research findings and discuss current topics in all areas of regional science.

Plenary speakers included Professors Armida Alisjahbana (Padjadjaran University (UNPAD) / Minister of National Development Planning), who delivered the keynote address; Iwan Jaya Azis (Cornell University / Asian Development Bank (ADB)); Anne Booth (School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London); Ari Kuncoro (University of Indonesia (UI)) and Bambang Brodjonegoro (Deputy Finance Minister, Ministry of Finance).
Anne Booth was sponsored by the Indonesia Project. Her topic was, “Before the ‘Big Bang’: Decentralization Debates and Practice in Indonesia, 1949–99″. Budy Resosudarmo chaired the session and also gave a talk.

Arianto Patunru of the Indonesia Project also gave a talk on “Local Governance and Outcomes”.

The Indonesia Project sponsored Pierre van der Eng (Indonesia Project) to attend the conference to be available to participants with questions regarding publishing articles in the BIES and other journals.

The program is available on the IRSA website and includes conference papers:



Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies: April 2014 (50.1)

In the April 2014 issue of the Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies (BIES), Shiro Armstrong and Sjamsu Rahardja, in their ‘Survey of Recent Developments’, relate Indonesia’s recent economic slowdown to the end of the commodities boom, which depressed exports, and a return to more normal monetary policy in the United States. The authors note that Indonesia’s ban on unprocessed mineral exports may exacerbate flagging exports, which could put further pressure on the currency. Following the survey article is an article by Peter McDonald focuses on Indonesia’s demography in this year’s instalment of the Indonesia in Comparative Perspective series. His article takes stock of the outcomes of the 2010 Population Census, scans trends during the past 40 years, and compares some of these trends with those of other Asian countries.

This issue also contains three regular articles. Rasyad Parinduri analyses the vulnerability to calamities of very small firms in Indonesia that employ, on average, two to three workers. Danny Cassimon, Dennis Essers, and Achmad Fauzi discuss the bilateral debt-for-development swaps that the Indonesian government has concluded in recent years with several of its foreign creditors. Aloysius Brata, Henri de Groot, and Piet Rietveld assess the impacts of three shocks caused by two natural disasters—the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and the 2005 Nias earthquake—on the spatial distribution of the population in Northern Sumatra.

In publishing this article, Brata and De Groot pay tribute to their co-author Piet Rietveld, who passed away in November 2013. Piet was also a valued member of the BIES editorial board during 1990–2007 and is sorely missed.

This issue of BIES also notes with sadness the passing of the journal’s colleague, mentor, and friend Thee Kian Wie. Kian Wie was a member of the BIES editorial board for almost 30 years, during 1985–2014. One of Kian Wie’s many contributions to the journal involved locating and editing abstracts of relevant PhD theses, which BIES has published since 2003. Several of them were written by PhD students whom Kian Wie hosted and mentored during their fieldwork in Indonesia. BIES will continue to publish thesis abstracts, in his honour, and this issue includes two—one on the effects of industrial concentration in Indonesia’s food and beverages industry, and the other on the role of Kadin (the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry) in state–business relations during 1998–2003.

The book reviews section also pays tribute to Thee Kian Wie, with a review of his 2012 book Indonesia’s Economy since Independence. Other reviews discuss political conflict and institutional engineering, Java’s sugar industry in the high colonial period, the state of the education sector, labour migration and human trafficking, urbanisation, water scarcity, inspirational Chinese Indonesian women, and a Japanese study of Indonesia’s economic potential. Read individual articles on Taylor & Francis Online (access required).

To read about this issue of the BIES in greater detail and about the upcoming August issue, please see the article on the Project Blog.

Free Access to BIES in Indonesia: An Update

Economics researchers in Indonesia, we still need your help. The Indonesia Project at ANU is looking to provide about 80 institutions with two years’ free access to BIES, via Taylor & Francis Online. The initiative’s underway, and we’ve now rolled out online subscriptions to the first 45 participating institutions for a two-year trial period. (for the list please see the full article on the Project Blog).

The aim of the trial is to enhance accessibility of BIES in Indonesia, and encourage usage in research conducted in Indonesia of the articles published in BIES.

This subscriptions project is supported by the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. It is being implemented with the help of Taylor & Francis and the Center for Economics and Development Studies at Padjadjaran University (CEDS UnPad), in Bandung.
For more information on this project, contact Ben Wilson, the managing editor of BIES, at, or Dr Muhamad Purnagunawan, of CEDS UnPad, at

There is more information about this project on the Project blog.


Indonesia Study Group

There were 13 ISG seminars held in the first half of 2014. Disregarding the two largest seminars – the Public Lecture by HE Dr Chatib Basri and the ISG Panel by Greg Fealy, Ed Aspinall and Marcus Mietzner – the statistics for the ISG are as follows:

  • Average attendance of 25 people. This is a slight decline on last semester’s attendance figures. Social studies talks tend to attract more participants than economics seminars, with the exception of the Survey of Recent Development ones.
  • Characteristics of attendance: approximately 30% female, 45% academics, 30% students, 15% government officials, the rest falling into other categories.
  • Out of 16 speakers, 8 speakers were not from the ANU. The composition was: 4 females, 1 interstate (NSW), 4 from Indonesia, 5 Indonesians, 1 from an Australian government institution, 3 internationals (Toronto, Marseilles, Singapore).

Two very important ISG seminars were held in this first half. The largest ISG seminar to date was held on 30 April on the Indonesian election by Greg Fealy, Ed Aspinall, Marcus Mietzner from the ANU, attended by over 150 people. The other was the Public Lecture by Dr Chatib Basri, attended by approximately 200 people. (This is reported in the highlight section).


The Jakarta Seminar Series

The Forum Kajian Pembangunan, is organised jointly by the ANU Indonesia Project and various institutions in Indonesia. In the first half of 2014, its scope widened and it currently includes twenty organising committee members across various institutions. The collaborators have improved the Forum’s ability to identify prominent researchers visiting Indonesia which considerably strengthened the FKP programs during the first half of 2014.

Twenty one FKP events were held between February and June 2014, including three events outside Jakarta (FKP Road Show in Aceh, Palembang, and South Kalimantan), The 8th Sadli Lecture, and 2nd Hadi Soesastro Policy Forum. FKP lectures involved more than 43 speakers, about a third of whom are based outside Indonesia.

This year, the FKP has two initiatives to widen the reach of the presentations, and that is to give web summaries of the presentations (with the presentation file) which can be accessed here, and an audio live stream during the event, which can be accessed from  Video recording has also continued, and by the end of June, at least 17 videos will have been added to the FKP series on Youtube.

Almost 1,200 people attended the FKP series in the first semester of 2014; while in 2013 about that number attended for the whole year. The large increase is contributed by the FKP Roadshow events outside Jakarta, which were all very well attended – an estimated 200 people attending in Banda Aceh alone.

Please see the article on the Blog for a full account of talks for this first half of 2014.

The times and venues of the FKP are on the website and they are free and open to the public. Summaries and full seminar papers can be accessed from here, and video recordings from YouTube. As noted above, audio live streaming will continue and can be accessed from If you would like to subscribe to the email list, please send your contact details (including email address) to


FKP Roadshows in Banda Aceh, Palembang and Banjarmasin

FKP Roadshow

The panel during FKP Roadshow in Banjarmasin, Kalimantan


A series of FKP seminars was held in three cities, Banda Aceh, Palembang and Banjarmasin on 11-13 March 2014. The roadshows were designed to showcase the research based seminars held by Forum Kajian Pembangunan to cities outside Java, as most FKP seminars are held in Jakarta and other cities in Java.

The first was hosted by the International Center for Aceh and Indian Ocean Studies and Syiah Kuala University. Approximately 200 participants attended the seminars, including government officials, students, academics and the general public. The second round was held at Sriwijaya University Palembang, attended by approximately 100 people, including the head of Sulawesi Selatan’s Bureau of Statistics. This round of Roadshow was covered by Kompas Newspaper. The last part of the roadshow was held in Banjarmasin and was hosted by Lambung Mangkurat University.

Speakers and topics presented at the Roadshows were:

  • Arianto Patunru (ANU Indonesia Project) speaking on local economic governance and outcomes in decentralised Indonesia
  • Vid Adrison (LPEM FEUI) on decentralisation and forest management in Indonesia
  • Syarif Hidayat (LIPI) on democratisation and oligarchy in regional elections, and on business and politics post local government elections
  • Nazamuddin (Syiah Kuala University) on decentralisation in the education sector in Indonesia
  • Didik Susetyo (Sriwijaya University) on disparity between regions in South Sulawesi
  • Riatu Qibthiyyah (LPEM FEUI) on provincial local tax share distribution in Indonesia
  • Syahrituah Siregar (Lambung Mangkurat University) on regional autonomy in South Kalimantan

For a summary of the above presentations, please see the Project Blog.

Indonesian Development Research Workshop 2014

Indonesian Research Network in Puncak. Photo courtesy of the SMERU Research Institute

Indonesian Research Network in Puncak. Photo courtesy of the SMERU Research Institute


The second Indonesian Development Research Workshop was held in Puncak on June 11-12, hosted by the Indonesia Project in cooperation with the SMERU Research Institute. This workshop is part of the Indonesia Project research network activities, which aim to support and strengthen the rigour of social science research conducted by Indonesian researchers.

The workshop drew about 40 participants, mostly from Indonesian universities and research institutes, who were treated to a stimulating opening talk by Hal Hill (ANU) on the state of socioeconomic research at Indonesian universities.

The core of the first day of the workshop consisted of paper presentations by 6 early career academics, with senior Indonesian researchers serving as discussants and leading a lively debate. The presentation topics included local government spending on infrastructure (Aiwan F. Aritenang, BPPT), the determinants of labour movement between low to high productivity sectors (M. Rizqy Anandhika and Riandy Laksono, APINDO), the economic valuation of flood impacts in Central Java (Evi Gravitiani, Sebelas Maret University), financial integration and Indonesia’s exposure to financial crises (Esta Lestari, LIPI), the implications of electricity subsidy reform for the Indonesian textile industry (Anda Nugroho and Hidayat Amir, MoF), and the impact of Askeskin on health status (Edy Purwanto, Survey METER).

The workshop also included presentations on writing research proposals (Ben Hillman, ANU) and publishing in international journals (Ben Wilson, ANU), and was preceded by a master class on academic writing.

The second day of the workshop focussed on the institutional context and constraints for research in Indonesia. Arief Ansory Yusuf (Padjajaran University) talked about the academic performance of Indonesian researchers and sources of research funding, while Jamal Othman (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia) provided a contrasting picture as he described the Malaysian experience. In particular, Jamal explained the on-going incentives provided by the Malaysian government to encourage Malaysian scientists to publish in international-indexed journals. He argued that these incentives explain the sharp increase in the number of publications by Malaysian academics in the last 10 years. Dinna Wisnu (Paramadina University) discussed the challenges to developing a research centre and conducting research activities from the perspective of private universities, and Mokhamad Mahdum (LPDP) considered current LPDP scholarships and research grants and outlined the future direction of LPDP’s activities.

Research Travel Grants

In an attempt to encourage young Australians to study Indonesia, the Indonesia Project launched its Research Travel Grants in 2013. The grants are given to selected students undertaking or planning to undertake research which would be improved by travelling to Indonesia. The Project plans to award up to four grants, of up to $5,000 each, in every round. These grants are open to Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents of at least 18 years of age and currently enrolled or about to enroll in an eligible university in Australia at the honours and masters level.

The first round of the grants was in October 2013. Three winners were selected. Edryan Ja’afar, an honours student from La Trobe University’s Asian Studies planned to use the grant to travel to Jogjakarta, Solo, and Demak in Central Java to do research on kebatinan and kejawen, the amalgams of ancient religions and local cultures in Java. Elizabeth Roberts from the University of the Sunshine Coast is studying Australia’s asylum seeker relocation policies and their impacts on Australia-Indonesia relations. She wants to visit asylum seeker detention centers in Indonesia (in Madura, Sumatra, etc.), as well as to consult with local experts at Gajah Mada University and the University of Lombok. Leighton Gallagher from ANU’s Asia-Pacific Studies is writing his honours thesis on the intra-religious conflict between Shiah and Sunni sects in Sampang, Madura. He plans to conduct his fieldwork in Surabaya, Sidoarjo, and Madura, East Java.

The second round of grants was announced in June 2014. Again, three grantees were selected. Danny Carney from University of Tasmania is doing research on power and governance in rural Java. He picked the village of Watu Karung in Pacitan, East Java as his study case. Saiful Marbun from UNSW-ADFA is studying Indonesia’s marine and fisheries industrialisation policy with special reference to Cilacap and Indramayu, West Java. He will also interact with scholars from universities in Indonesia. Finally, Anna Strempel from Monash University is conducting a study on the impact of Australian aid on Indonesia. In particular she focuses on the issue of resentment. She will visit Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan, to examine the Forest Carbon Partnership program. In addition, she will also conduct interviews with stakeholders in Jakarta.

The Indonesia Project has requested that all the grantees present their findings to the Indonesia Study Group at ANU. The presentations for the first round of grantees are scheduled for 15 October 2014. Those in the second round will present in April 2015.

Visitors to the Indonesia Project

As part of the Visitor Program, in the first half of 2014 there were three visitors to the Indonesia Project.

Sjamsu Rahardja (World Bank) visited for eleven days at the end of January. He presented the ‘Survey of Recent Developments’ for the April 2014 Issue of the Bulletin of Indonesia Studies (BIES) at the Indonesia Study Group (ISG) on 23 January 2014. An abstract and podcast are available for the talk.

Dinna Wisnu (Paramadina University, Jakarta) visited the Project from 27 January -22 February. She worked on Chapters 1, 4 and 6 of her book manuscript entitled, “Social Protection Going Universal: Lessons from Indonesia”. She had meetings with ANU Indonesianists to gain feedback and made use of the ANU library and e-journals.

Dinna also gave an Indonesia Study Group Seminar on 19 February titled “Governing policy reform under democratisation: Case of social protection reform in Indonesia”. A podcast is available for this talk.

Hans Kaiwai (Cenderawasih University, Jayapura) visited the Arndt-Corden Department of Economics, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU, from 7-30 March.
While visiting, he worked with Budy P. Resosudarmo on a paper “Development in Papua after Special Autonomy”. This paper was published as a chapter in the book resulting from the Indonesia Update conference 2013: “Regional Dynamics in a Decentralized Indonesia”, edited by Hal Hill.
He also worked on designing a new study to evaluate the effectiveness of the Papua Special Autonomy fund in improving the quality of human capital in Papua.
To gain feedback, Hans also gave an in-house talk to a small group of Indonesianists where he presented his ideas for a paper on human development and special autonomy funds in Papua.

Inauguration of the Hadi Soesastro Prize

Hal Hill and Albert Soesastro (son of the late Hadi Soeastro) with the recipients of Hadi Soesastro Prize

Hal Hill and Albert Soesastro (son of the late Hadi Soeastro) with the recipients of Hadi Soesastro Prize

Two outstanding Indonesians, Bimo Wijayanto and Diana Setiyawati, are the first recipients of the Hadi Soesastro Prize. Foreign Minister Julia Bishop awarded the Prize in a ceremony at Parliament House in Canberra on 24 February 2014.

Bimo Wijayanto is currently a PhD student at the University of Canberra, researching how to improve the income tax system in Indonesia by building a microsimulation focussing on corporate income tax. Diana Setiyawati is a PhD student at the Centre for International Mental Health, University of Melbourne. She’s been involved in the Aceh tsunami recovery program.

The annual prize recognises the work of Indonesian academics completing their doctorates in Australia with the aim of developing young leaders and promoting people-to-people and educational links between the two countries. The recipients each receive $25,000 to undertake post-doctoral work to deepen their expertise.
The late Hadi Soesastro had close ties with the ANU Indonesia Project. Hal Hill and Budy Resosudarmo attended the event, as did his son, Albert Soesastro.

Foreign Minister Julia Bishop said the late Hadi Soesastro was an influential leader in Indonesia and has deep, enduring and lasting connections with Australia.

Watch the event’s video.

Indonesia Project Blog and Media Outreach

Previously, our social media engagement was only through the Indonesia Project Blog, and it was underutilised. Our regular media engagements were through press releases, but only for the Indonesia Update by ANU Media, and paid advertisements for the Indonesia Update in the Canberra Times.

Now our social media engagement is very active. From 1 January till 30 June, 52 entries were posted on the blog. They were grouped into Project Activities, Essay and Comments and News from Indonesia, which is a weekly brief on current happenings in the Indonesian economy. Readers respond to our posts. Most posts were in response to News from Indonesia. The second most posted articles were about the FKP series seminars which are part of the Project Activities. There are cross-links between the IP website, Facebook pages, Twitter, the blog and videos (YouTube). The Blog has been maximised as a dissemination point for Project activities, with new features such as News from Indonesia and FKP seminar series reports.

We have a new and continuously updated Facebook page, currently with 800+ followers, with continuous (including paid) outreach on events and newsworthy research activities, research articles, grants and scholarships.

We provide videos, podcasts, and live streamings of our events. There are regular recordings of FKP seminars, full recordings of the Indonesia Update and other large events and the use of live streaming for real-time dissemination of public lectures and seminars, and we have people working on Twitter.
There is continuous outreach on FKP seminars, important research activities and large events. Last February, the Roadshow run by the Forum Kajian Pembangunan involved holding a package of seminars in various cities in Indonesia, namely in Aceh, Palembang and Benjarmassin, and our Book Launches last year were in Makassar and Bandung.

There is regular engagement with media, with press releases for large events, proactive issuing of invitations to media persons to attend IP activities in Indonesia and Australia. This is rewarded by press coverage.

We have seen significant results from our outreach activities, with most Australian events being reported in the Australian media and our Indonesian ones in Indonesian media.


Upcoming Events

Indonesia Update Conference 2014: The Yudhoyono years: An assessment,19 – 20 September 2014

(Convened by Ed Aspinall and Marcus Mietzner, CAP, ANU; and Dirk Tomsa, La Trobe University)

Indonesia Update 2014 - The Yudhoyono years: An assessment

Indonesia Update 2014 – The Yudhoyono years: An assessment


Outline: In 2014, the Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono presidency draws to a close after 10 years, marking a watershed in Indonesian history. Yudhoyono was not only the first directly elected Indonesian president; he was also the first to be democratically re-elected. The 2014 Indonesia Update will evaluate the achievements and failings of the Yudhoyono presidency, the role of Yudhoyono the man, and the evolution of the major political forces and institutions he presided over. What is the legacy that President Yudhoyono leaves behind? Has Indonesian democracy consolidated, stagnated, or weakened during his decade in power?
The conference will bring together experts on politics, social and cultural affairs, the economy, decentralisation, law, the environment, women’s affairs, military politics, and other key areas, to assess the impact of Yudhoyono’s presidency on Indonesia’s development. In combination, these evaluations will weigh Yudhoyono’s legacy within a broader historical and international context, comparing his contributions with those made by Indonesian presidents before him and by political leaders of post-authoritarian states at similar stages of democratic development.

The conference is free of charge.

A program of the event is on the Project website.


Related media coverage

1. The following are some of the reports by the Indonesian media of the Sadli Lecture and the UGM Lecture:
• 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

2. The Hadi Soesastro Policy Forum Media reports
A press conference was held during the Forum. The event was covered by several media:
• Talking about the world by the Jakarta Post

3. Selected presentations from FKP Roadshows are available below:
• FKP 2014 03 12 UNSRI – Didik Susetyo
• FKP 2014 03 12 – Agus Syarip
• FKP 2014 03 12 – Vid Adrison
• FKP 2014 03 12 – Arianto Patunru