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Development assistance in Indonesia

Human development for a productive and healthy society in Indonesia


Australia is supporting Indonesian efforts to help its people access better quality services, including in the poorer eastern regions of Indonesia.

Our education program is focused on getting better education outcomes and supports Indonesian-led efforts to improve teacher quality and learning in schools. We also support Indonesia to trial innovative approaches for delivering improved education outcomes. We are targeting Indonesia's future leaders with PhD and Masters scholarships, and through short courses. We are also encouraging alumni links and people-to-people connections between Indonesians and Australians. In the health sector, we are working with Indonesia to improve human health and animal health systems to reduce the global threat posed by emerging infectious diseases. We are also providing support to improve nutrition for Indonesian women, children and newborns. In addition, our broader governance programs contribute to improved health and education service delivery.

Our disaster management program provides scientific and policy support to Indonesia to improve its preparedness and response systems, and stands ready to assist in the event of a humanitarian disaster.

Australia Awards in Indonesia

*$166 million, 2014-2022

Australia Awards Scholarships are an important part of Australia's education assistance to Indonesia. Many alumni have gone on to hold positions of influence, have made significant contributions to Indonesia's development and have helped build strong people-to-people links between Indonesia and Australia. High-profile alumni include cabinet ministers Professor Yohana Susana Yembise, Minister for Women's Empowerment and Child Protection, and State Secretary Professor Pratikno.

Australia Awards is the largest and longest-running international scholarship program in Indonesia. Two hundred and fifty postgraduate Australia Awards scholarships were offered to Indonesians for study in Australia in intake 2019, preceded by pre-departure English language training in Indonesia. In addition, around 400 short-term awards were offered to future Indonesian leaders in intake 2019 to develop new skills and increase their networks through tailored short courses at Australian tertiary institutions.

Not only do Australia Awards Scholarships provide Indonesians with a world-class qualification, the overall experience that recipients gain while in Australia is invaluable in fostering people-to-people links and enhancing Australian-Indonesian relations. In addition, leading Australia Award Scholarship recipients from Indonesia (and PNG) may be eligible to receive an Allison Sudradjat Prize, awarded to outstanding scholars and current or emerging leaders, or a Hadi Soesastro Prize, awarded to PhD recipients from Indonesia who are undertaking high-level research at an Australian university.

Engagement with alumni (including those who self-fund their study) upon their return to Indonesia continues to be a priority for the program. The aim is to foster a stronger alumni network in Indonesia, and a network of advocates for Australia, particularly on the world-class quality of an Australian education.

* the figure only covers activities undertaken in Indonesia and does not include tuition fees and other costs occurred in Australia.

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Innovation for Indonesia's School Children (INOVASI)

$51 million, 2016-2020 (June)

Through INOVASI we work with both the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture and the Ministry of Religious Affairs to improve learning outcomes in Indonesia's basic education sector. The program aims to improve literacy and numeracy, particularly in the early grades.

To do this, INOVASI is piloting a number of approaches to strengthen the quality of teaching and learning in the classroom. These pilots seek to support teachers with effective tools to enable learning opportunities for all children in the classroom, particularly girls and children with disabilities.

Through INOVASI we work with education stakeholders, including provincial and district governments, to identify local programs related to teaching and learning, and jointly develop solutions appropriate to the local context. We are implementing INOVASI in 17 districts across four provinces – West Nusa Tenggara, North Kalimantan, Sumba Island in East Nusa Tenggara, and East Java – and supporting local government to scale-out effective approaches to improve teaching and ultimately, learning.

At the national level, INOVASI works with the Indonesian Government to analyse and share what works at the local-level to benefit national policy development including: teacher professional development; inclusion of students with disability; and strengthening classroom assessment.

Related documents*

Name of document Year published Type
Innovation for Indonesia's School Children (INOVASI): Design Document 2014 Design
INOVASI Insights March 2018 2018 Newsletter
INOVASI Insights July 2018 2018 Newsletter
INOVASI Insights October 2018 2018 Newsletter
INOVASI Insights December 2018 2018 Newsletter
INOVASI Monitoring, evaluation, research and learning (MERL) strategy 2018 Strategy
INOVASI 2019 Grants and Partnerships factsheet 2018 Factsheet
INOVASI Indicators Technical Guidance 2018 Guidance
INOVASI Results Framework 2018 Framework
Strategic Review Report: Australia's investments in basic education in Indonesia 2019 Strategic review and management response
INOVASI Factsheet (standard) 2019 Factsheet
INOVASI Insights March 2019 2019 Newsletter
INOVASI Insights July 2019 2019 Newsletter
INOVASI Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) Strategy 2019 Strategy

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Technical Assistance for Education System Strengthening (TASS)

$12 million, 2015-2020

TASS is a demand driven, systems-strengthening Facility that delivers high quality, short-term technical assistance to the Government of Indonesia. It aims to improve the effectiveness of policy and practice in the education sector. Working primarily at the national level, the assistance provided through TASS will focus on supporting Indonesia's efforts to address two key constraints in basic education: the poor quality of teaching and learning; and persistent disparities. Through TASS, we are working with the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture, Ministry of Religious Affairs, and Ministry of National Development Planning.

Related documents*

Name of document Year published Type
TASS Monitoring and Evaluation Plan 2018 Strategy
Gender and Disability Inclusion Plan 2018 Strategy
TASS Factsheet September 2019 2019 Factsheet
TASS Annual Progress Report 2019 Report
TASS Newsletter 2019 Newsletter
TASS Investment document 2019 Strategy

Australia-UNICEF Rural and Remote Education Initiative for Papuan Provinces

$16.8 million, 2014-2019

The Rural and Remote Education Initiative for Papuan Provinces program focuses on testing effective and sustainable approaches to improve learning outcomes in early literacy (grades 1-3) in marginalised rural and remote districts in Papua and West Papua (Biak Numfor, Jayapura, Jayawijaya, Mimika, Manokwari and Sorong). This includes capacity development of teachers through training and mentoring, development of locally contextualised learning materials, and policy advocacy at the national and sub-national levels.

The program aims to improve classroom behaviour and practices of teachers; improve reading and comprehension skills of girls and boys in grades two and three; and support local governments to implement strategies to improve literacy. A midline study in August 2017 has shown an increase of readers among early grade students from 37.76% (2015) to 73.48% (2017). The study also shows improved teaching and learning processes, teachers' participation and students' assessment.

Related documents*

Name of document Year published Type
Baseline Study 2015 Research Paper
Midline Study 2017 Research Paper

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World Bank Trust Fund - Improving Dimensions of Teaching, Education Management, and Learning Environment (ID-TEMAN)

$9 million, 2016-2020

Through ID-TEMAN we are supporting Indonesia to reach its education potential by improving teaching and learning through better policy development and implementation. Through targeted technical assistance, the trust fund mainly works in two key areas: effective teaching and learning processes, with a focus on teacher competencies; and improving the delivery of education for all, including school management, financial transfers and teacher deployment.

Financed by the Australian government and World Bank funds, the program started in 2016 and builds on research and analytical work conducted by the World Bank with the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture over the last decade.

The ID-TEMAN program is dedicated to identifying key areas for system reform. Program activities aim to strengthen the knowledge base of the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education, the Ministry of Religious Affairs, and support the Government to improve education outcomes in line with Indonesia's medium-term development plan targets in education service delivery.

Related documents*

Name of document Year published Type
ID-TEMAN Newsletter January-April 2019 2019 Newsletter
ID-TEMAN Brochure: Improving Teaching, Learning and Education Management in Indonesia [PDF ] 2019 Brochure

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Australia Indonesia Partnership for Emerging Infectious Diseases (AIPEID 2) - One Health

$9.9 million, 2015-2019

AIPEID Phase 2 builds on lessons learned from AIPEID Phase 1 (2010 - 2015). The goal of the program is 'to enhance Indonesia's human and animal disease prevention and response capacities to increase national, Australian and global biosecurity'. Support is provided to the World Health Organization to work with Indonesia's Ministry of Health to strengthen public health emergency preparedness and risk management. In addition, under this program the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources works with the Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture to strengthen emergency management systems and veterinary leadership, as well as enhancing Indonesia's animal health information system. The program has:

  • supported Indonesia to comply with its international obligations under WHO's International Health Regulations (IHR) and built national human and animal disease surveillance systems and emergency response mechanisms
  • supported the Ministry of Agriculture to develop an Animal Health Information System (ISIKHNAS) which now covers 94% of districts in Indonesia and has over 3 million users, reporting various types of data including episodes of disease at the grassroots level which can then lead to improved response and control of potential outbreaks
  • collaborated with other stakeholders and the Government of Indonesia to enact a 'One Health' pandemic simulations with more than 600 participants
  • supported over 125 vets to complete the Indonesian Veterinary Leadership and Management course
  • revitalized the Field Epidemiology Training Courses alongside other stakeholders to improve the epidemiological capacity of the public health workforce.

Related documents*

Name of document Year published Type
AIPEID Human Health and Animal Health Program Investment Design Document 2015 Design
AIPEID II Strategic Review and Options Development Paper and management response 2017 Review

Micronutrient Supplementation for Reducing Mortality and Morbidity in Indonesia - MITRA & MITRA Youth

$4.1 million, 2015-2020

These projects are a partnership between the Australian and Canadian Governments and are implemented by Nutrition International in East Java and Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT).

Through the projects, we aim to strengthen Indonesia's efforts to:

  • increase the consumption of iron and folic acid supplements by pregnant women and adolescent girls to reduce anemia and iron deficiency, and
  • increase the use of vitamin A, zinc and oral rehydration salts in the treatment of childhood diarrhea (to reduce its duration and severity and the likelihood of subsequent infections).
Iron-folic acid supplementation charts shown to pregnant women in Jember District, East Java province.

Related documents*

Name of document Year published Type
Micronutrient Supplementation for Reducing Mortality and Morbidity in Indonesia (MITRA) Activity Design Document 2017 Design
Weekly Iron Folic Acid Supplementation for Prevention and Reduction of Anaemia among School-going Adolescent Girls (MITRA Youth) Activity Design Document 2017 Design

* The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is committed to high standards of transparency and accountability in the management of the Australian aid program through publishing information on our website, including policies, plans, results, evaluations and research. Our practice is to publish documents after the partner government and any other partners directly involved in the delivery of the initiative have been consulted. Not all material published on this site is created by the Australian aid program and therefore not all documents reflect our views. In limited circumstances some information may be withheld for reasons including privacy and commercial sensitivity.

Last Updated: 1 November 2019
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