Forum Kajian Pembangunan (FKP) Seminar Series, October 2018

Mon, 10/01/2018

Last October, the SMERU Research Institute hosted a series of Forum Kajian Pembangunan (FKP) seminar. FKP is a consortium consisting of various institutions in Indonesia in collaboration with the Indonesia Project (Australian National University).  The main objective of this event is to bring together researchers, academics, experts, civil society, the international community, and policymakers to discuss research outcomes related to topical policy issues in Indonesia.

In this year's FKP we made a slight change compared to what we did in the previous years. Speakers at several FKP sessions are now not only SMERU researchers but also representatives from government institutions, academics, and experts on development issues. By doing that, we expect to see an exchange of information and thorough discussions on policy development in Indonesia. In addition, the topics at FKP seminars are quite diverse and specific, such as inequality reduction policies, leadership in schools, school sanitation, youth and sustainable development goals, employment, and a reflection after three years of the Village Law implementation.

Overall, the FKP seminar series was attended by around 300 participants, consisting of ministry staff, policymakers, academics, donor agencies, NGOs, practitioners, the private sector, the media, and experts on development issues. The program was also broadcast via live streaming—with a total of 612 views—and covered by a national print media and an online media. In addition, the Economics Study Program (Faculty of Economics and Business) of Hasanuddin University had their students watch two FKP sessions via live streaming for their two class: (i) Human Resources and Employment and (ii) Natural Resources and Environment.

We invite you to visit the SMERU website ( to access seminar materials, such as presentation documents (pdf) and links to seminar video recordings. If you want to see photo documentation during the FKP event, please visit the SMERU Research Institute's Facebook page (

Monday, 8 October 2018

Despite the most recent declining trend of inequality, many things still need to be done to sustain the trend. This session highlights the importance of strengthening political will and commitment to further reduce Inequality in Indonesia.


  1. Matthew Martin (Director of Development Finance International)
    “Commitment to Reducing Inequality Index"
  2. Dr. Ferry Irawan SE, MSE (Assistant Deputy for Regional Economic Development and the Real Sector, Coordinating Ministry for Economy)
    “Encouraging Inclusive Growth through Innovative Infrastructure Financing for Regional Development
  3. Athia Yumna (The SMERU Research Institute)
    “Policies to Reduce Inequality in Indonesia: Opportunities and Challenges” 

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Thursday, 11 October 2018

Indonesia needs to improve the quality of education in order to be able to compete in the increasingly globalized world, and school leadership is believed to be one of the critical points. This session explores ways to improve school leadership in Indonesian context.


  1. Ir. Hendarman, M.Sc., Ph.D (Head of Center for Policy Synchronization and Analysis – PASKA, Ministry of Education and Culture)
    “Policies to Improve the Quality of School Principal: Opportunities and Challenges” 
  2. Sameer Sampat (Global School Leadership)
    “Evolution of India School Leadership Institute: lesson learned for Indonesia” 

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Wednesday, 17 October 2018

A lack of guidance on menstrual hygiene management (MHM) in school could impact girls’ dignity, well-being, and engagement in school activities; but effort to support it is often overlooked by school and education policy. This session tries to increase public awareness on the condition and calls for a more comprehensive policy support to improve MHM.  

  1. Silvia Devina (Plan International Indonesia)
    “The Implementation of Menstrual Hygiene Management Programme by Yayasan Plan International Indonesia”
  2. Dr. H. Khamim, M.Pd. (Director of Elementary School Development, Ministry of Education and Culture) 
    “School Sanitation Road Map”
  3. Rezanti Putri Pramana (The SMERU Research Institute) “Case Study on the Practice of Menstrual Hygiene Management in Primary and Junior High School

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Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Indonesia is enjoying demographic bonus and youth development will be a critical determinant of the magnitude of the benefit. The situation of Indonesia’s youth, the government policies regarding youth development, and the challenges faced in the real world will be deliberated during this session.  


  1. Elza Elmira (The SMERU Research Institute)
    “SDGs Baseline on Youth” 
  2. Woro Srihastuti Sulistyaningrum, ST, MIDS (Director for Family, Women, Children, Youth and Sport, National Development Planning Agency - Bappenas)
    “Youth Development Policy in Indonesia” 
  3. Tyovan Ari Widagdo (CEO Bahaso)
    “Practice and Challenges in Promoting Youth Entrepreneurship”

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Thursday, 25 October 2018

The quality of human capital, and the dominance of informal sector jobs still pose the biggest challenges in Indonesia’s labour market. This session will discuss factors that influence the quality of human capital, and link between informal and formal sector jobs. 


  1. Daniel Suryadarma (The SMERU Research Institute)
    “The Consequences of Child Market Work on the Growth of Human Capital”
  2. Devanto Pratomo (Universitas Brawijaya) and Chris Manning (ANU)
    “The Role of Transitions from the Informal Work in Supporting the Growth for Formal Sector Jobs”
  3. Rashesh Shrestha (Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia)
    “Early Life Exposure to Air Pollution, Cognitive Development, and Labor Market Outcomes”

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Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Since 2015, Indonesia has embarked to a major governance reform that gives higher budgetary powers down to the village level. The consequences of such reform on local level governance and development will be discussed in this session


  1. Palmira Permata Bachtiar (The SMERU Research Institute)Practices and Tendencies of Governance"
  2. Asep Kurniawan (The SMERU Research Institute) "Institutional Relations and Dynamics"

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We look forward to seeing you at our next seminars.

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