About Us

The SMERU Research Institute is an independent institution for research and public policy studies. We professionally and proactively provide accurate and timely information, as well as objective analyses, on various socioeconomic and poverty issues considered most urgent and relevant for the people of Indonesia. All of our work is directed toward our primary goal of encouraging pro-poor policies at national and regional levels through evidence-based research.

Since its establishment in 2001, SMERU has been a leader in poverty and inequality research in Indonesia. SMERU conducts qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-method studies on various socioeconomic issues affecting Indonesia's poorest and most vulnerable people. We are also at the forefront of the research effort to highlight the impact of development programs and policies, and we actively publish and report our research findings. Our work focuses on areas of socioeconomic research that are of fundamental importance to contemporary development issues.

Our Vision, Mission, Values, and Principles

SMERU's vision:

A creation of an Indonesian society free of absolute poverty and high inequality through research aimed at evidence-based poverty and inequality reduction strategies, policies, and actions.

Our mission is to:

  1. Carry out research on poverty-related issues for the purpose of improving public and private sector policies and their implementation
  2. Conduct effective outreach to national and regional governments, civil society, academics, the international community, and private sector
  3. Support inclusive public and private sector policy discourses on poverty and inequality reduction strategies
  4. Strengthen the role of civil society in the formulation and implementation of public and private sector policies


SMERU's work is based on five key values:

  • Knowledge – skilled expertise and knowledge
  • Objectivity – evidence-based findings
  • Independence – unaffiliated
  • Impactfulness – positive contribution to the community
  • Inclusiveness – openness and involvement of all groups


Underlying these values are nine key principles:

  • Democratic
  • Transparent and accountable
  • Highly qualified and ethical
  • Equal opportunity
  • Gender sensitive
  • Committed
  • Proactive and responsive
  • Pioneering
  • Relevant and timely

​Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Friendly (GESI)

SMERU strives to mainstream GESI into all of its research and dissemination activities, as well as its work environment.

  • Gender Sensitive Research
    SMERU’s research methodology, instruments, and tools are now gender sensitive.
  • Research on Inclusive Economic Development
    SMERU supports inclusive public and private sector policy discourses on poverty and inequality reduction strategies.
  • Research on Vulnerable Groups
    SMERU conducts various research on the empowerment and protection of women and children.
  • Discourse on Disability
    SMERU maps the barriers in adopting disability-inclusive development in Indonesia and raises this issue in forums by involving people with disability as speakers and participants.
  • No Manels (No All-Male Panels)
    SMERU upholds the practice of selecting a gender-balanced panel of resource persons.
  • Gender-Inclusive Work Environment
    SMERU’s staffing is gender-balanced and equal opportunity is applied in the recruitment processes.