The 2018 Mubyarto Public Policy Forum

Left-right: Sri Adiningsih, Armida Alisjahbana, and Fukunari Kimura

Left-right: Sri Adiningsih, Armida Alisjahbana, and Fukunari Kimura (credit: FEB UGM)


On 3 May 2018, the Faculty of Economics and Business, Universitas Gadjah Mada (FEB UGM) and the ANU Indonesia Project held the second Mubyarto Public Policy Forum (MPPF) in Yogyakarta. The MPPF is named in honour of Professor Mubyarto who was one of Indonesia’s leading thinkers in the field of rural development. About 120 people attended the Lecture, including the wife and family of the late Professor Mubyarto. Others include lecturers and students of FEB UGM and other departments, such as the political science and anthropology departments, and from other universities in Yogyakarta.

This year’s Mubyarto Lecture is given by Professor Sri Adiningsih (UGM and Chair of the Presidential Advisory Council) on the role of digital development in rural development and reducing inequality. In her lecture, Professor Adiningsih outlined the new economy, which is is forged by developments in information and communication technology, contributing to the rise of e-commerce, app-based transport and logistics, travel, online education and information sharing, amongst others. Rural people and the poor can also benefit from the new technology, such as through the online provision of public services and public information; crowdfunding for micro business; charity funding for the poor; provision of online service by rural communities such as the ‘blogger village’ and other examples. However, further development is hampered by the significantly lower internet penetration in the rural areas compared to urban areas, and this is homework for the government.

Sri Adiningsih 2018 MPPF

Sri Adiningsih


Professor Armida Alisjahbana (SDGs Center, Universitas Padjadjaran) and Professor Fukunari Kimura (ERIA and Keio University) were also speakers on the MPPF. Professor Alisjahbana focused her presentation on the role of human capital development and the role of SDGs in Indonesia, whereas Professor Fukunari Kimura focused on value chain connectivities in Indonesia.


Armida Alisjahbana (left) and Fukunari Kimura


The third and last panel was by Denni Puspa Purbasari and Wawan Mas’udi (both of UGM) who gave the economic (Denni) and political (Wawan) updates. Denni highlighted the increasing pressure to the government to implement populist policies which, in the long term, will be detrimental to economic sustainability. Wawan highlighted ‘blusukan‘ as an approach to democratic representation.

Presentation slides from the MPPF can be downloaded from this link, and the recorded video from the following links: part1, part 2, part 3

Media coverage of the event can be read through the links below:

Suara Merdeka Teknologi digital angkat ekonomi kerakyatan

Kompasiana Mubyarto, ekonomi kerakyatan, dan neo kerakyatan

Suara Jakarta Desa harus manfaatkan teknologi digital

FEB UGM News: Digital economy potentials in alleviating poverty

Bina Swadaya: Ekonomi digital dalam pembangunan desa