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Innovation for Indonesia’s School Children – Phase 1 and 2 (INOVASI)

$105.6 million, 2016-2023

Through INOVASI we work with both the Indonesian Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology, and the Ministry of Religious Affairs to improve learning outcomes for all children in Indonesia's basic education sector.

In the first phase of support INOVASI aimed to improve literacy and numeracy, particularly in the early grades. INOVASI piloted a number of approaches to strengthen the quality of teaching and learning in the classroom for all children. INOVASI worked with education stakeholders, including national, provincial and district governments and non-government organisations, to jointly develop solutions appropriate to the local context of four provinces – West Nusa Tenggara, North Kalimantan, Sumba Island in East Nusa Tenggara, and East Java – and supported local governments to scale-out effective approaches.

Phase Two integrates support previously provided by INOVASI and another DFAT-funded program, Technical Assistance for Education Systems Strengthening. INOVASI Phase II has the same overall goal and continues to operate at the national and sub-national level in the same four provinces. The program is supporting basic education reform actors to implement effective processes that bridge the divide between policy and implementation; and apply sustainable policies, systems and practices – to support all students to achieve competence in foundational skills.

Examples of the program’s assistance include expert technical advice, continuous policy engagement, responsive research, knowledge-sharing and partnership brokering, and supporting the Government of Indonesia to pilot new approaches, including establishing learning from home guidelines and monitoring remote learning practices to inform government policy and funding decisions.

Related documents

Name of document Year published Type
INOVASI Phase 1: Innovation for Indonesia's School Children (INOVASI): Design Document 2014 Design
INOVASI 2019 Grants and Partnerships fact sheet 2018 Fact sheet
INOVASI Indicators Technical Guidance 2018 Guidance
INOVASI Phase 1: INOVASI Results Framework 2018 Framework
INOVASI Phase 1: Strategic Review Report: Australia's investments in basic education in Indonesia 2019 Strategic review and management response
INOVASI Phase 1: INOVASI Fact sheet (standard) 2019 Fact sheet
Innovation for Indonesia's School Children (INOVASI) – Phase II: Investment design update 2020 Investment design
INOVASI Phase I (2016-2020): Completion Report – June 2020 2020 Activity Completion Report
Independent Strategic Review of INOVASI Phase 2 and UNICEF Papua Phase 3 Programs in Indonesia and Management Response 2023 Strategic review and management response

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Australia-UNICEF Rural and Remote Education Initiative for Papua Provinces (UNICEF-Papua) - Phase 3

$4.5 million, 2021-2024

The Rural and Remote Education Initiative for Papua Provinces Phase 3 focuses on improving literacy learning outcomes for all children in Papua provinces. This includes working with teachers and principals to improve the quality of teaching, supporting district governments to improve literacy in schools, and assisting decision makers to use evidence to improve education quality and address teacher absenteeism.

The program is also supporting governments and schools to remedy the loss of learning that children in primary grades experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Related documents

Name of document Year published Type
Baseline Study 2015 Research Paper
Midline Study 2017 Research Paper
Independent Strategic Review of INOVASI Phase 2 and UNICEF Papua Phase 3 Programs in Indonesia and Management Response 2023 Strategic review and management response

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Poverty Alleviation & Comprehensive Inclusive & Adaptive Social Protection (PROAKTIF)

$30 million, 2022-2025

The Poverty Alleviation and Comprehensive, Inclusive and Adaptive Social Protection program (PROAKTIF) is a partnership between the Government of Australia and the Government of Indonesia to strengthen Indonesia’s social protection system and poverty alleviation programs. Australia’s assistance is delivered through support to the Policy Team of the Indonesian National Team for the Acceleration of Poverty Reduction (TNP2K), a policy think tank which provides evidence-based policy advice and coordination across a range of ministries and agencies.

PROAKTIF builds on the MAHKOTA investment (Towards a Strong and Prosperous Indonesian Society; $87.8 million, 2015-2023) and continues our decade long partnership and its contribution to Australia and Indonesia’s joint goals to address poverty and inequality, reduce barriers to inclusive economic growth and maintain stability. PROAKTIF has two outcomes:

  1. TNP2K makes an effective contribution to reforming and improving poverty alleviation programs in Indonesia, and
  2. An enabling facility optimises TNP2K performance, including in the promotion of GEDSI and performance monitoring.

Synergies and Collaboration for Service Delivery Acceleration (SKALA)

$160 million, 2022-2030

The goal of SKALA is to help reduce poverty and inequality within Indonesia by improving basic service provision to poor and vulnerable communities in less developed regions.

This will be achieved by strengthening selected elements of Indonesia’s large and complex decentralised government system, consisting of multiple stakeholders at the national level (setting policy and providing funding) and subnational level (where services are delivered). The core approach is to support these different stakeholders to better collaborate and align their efforts, resources and expertise while building on, and taking to scale, the successes and lessons of Australia’s past support to decentralisation.

The investment is called SKALA because, as the Indonesian word for ‘scale,’ it reflects the investment’s increased ambitions for impact and, as an acronym, it also conveys the core approach, Sinergi dan Kolaborasi untuk Akselerasi Layanan Dasar (Synergies and collaboration for service delivery acceleration). SKALA continues Australia’s support to regional governance in Indonesia following on from KOMPAK (2015-2022).

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Australia Indonesia Partnership Towards an Inclusive Society (INKLUSI)

$120 million, 2021-2029

The Australia Indonesia Partnership Towards an Inclusive Society (INKLUSI) is an eight-year investment with a total value up to $120 million. This includes up to $75 million over 5 years (2021-26) with a possible 3-year extension of up to $45 million (2026-29). INKLUSI continues Australia’s support to Indonesia’s prosperity, building on advancements in the areas of gender equality and women’s empowerment, disability rights, social inclusion and civil society strengthening. INKLUSI aims to empower civil society organisations (CSOs) and facilitate collaboration with the Indonesian Government at national and sub-national levels to contribute to the broader development goal of: No one is left behind - More marginalised people participate in and benefit from decisions about Indonesia’ sociocultural, economic and political development.

INKLUSI works with the Indonesian Government, CSO Partners and other stakeholders to achieve its two End of Program Outcomes (EOPOs).

Direct Outcomes - CSO Partners empower marginalised people in the areas of:

  • Access to services and protection from violence (socio cultural development).
  • Inclusive citizenship and participation (political development).
  • Economic recovery and livelihoods (economic development).

Systemic Outcomes – CSO Partners, the Indonesian Government and other stakeholders collaborate to influence systemic changes in:

  • Indonesian Government policy process.
  • CSO enabling environment.
  • Social norms and public discourse.

Eleven Indonesian CSOs were selected as INKLUSI CSO Partners - Aisyiyah, BaKTI, Kapal Perempuan, Kemitraan, Migrant Care, PEKKA, PKBI, SIGAB, Konsorsium Perempuan Sumatera Mampu (PERMAMPU), LAKPESDAM PBNU and Pusat Rehabilitasi YAKKUM.

These partners work with a network of more than 112 sub-partners across 32 of Indonesia’s 38 provinces.

Related document

Name of document Year published Type
Australia-Indonesia Partnership Towards an Inclusive Society – Investment Design Document 2022 Design

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Australia-Indonesia Partnership for Justice Phase 2 (AIPJ2)

$71.5 million, 2017-2025

The Australia-Indonesia Partnership for Justice Phase 2 (AIPJ2) brings two previous Australian aid investments, the Australia Indonesia Partnership for Justice (AIPJ) and the Australia Indonesia Security Cooperation Program under a single investment to strengthen the rule of law and the security environment in Indonesia. AIPJ2 was initially designed as a five-year (2017-2022) investment that focuses primarily on leveraging Indonesia's own resources to support a range of policy changes. Following the Partnership Board’s (DFAT and Bappenas) approval, in February 2022, AIPJ2 was extended for another three years to April 2025.

As a flexible facility, AIPJ2 enables iterative programming, in line with the reform priorities of both governments and robust partnerships that have developed between Australian and Indonesian institutions. In support of the overall goal "Strong and accessible justice and security institutions that enhance respect for enforceable rights and rules-based governance systems, over time contributing to stability and prosperity in Indonesia and the region", AIPJ2 works under three strategies which closely align with the Government of Indonesia’s policy priorities:

  • Supporting justice reform and the rule of law, which includes work on promoting court transparency and accountability, reducing prison overcrowding through restorative justice, and improving ease of doing business.
  • Preventing violent extremism and transnational crime.
  • Strengthening human rights through gender equality and disability inclusion.

In the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, AIPJ2 strategically adapted its activities in response to Government of Indonesia’s request to address emerging health and security issues within Indonesia’s overcrowded prisons.

Related documents

Name of document Year published Type
Australia Indonesia Partnership for Justice II – Design document 2016 Design
AIPJ2 six monthly report (Apr – Dec 2017) 2017 Report
AIPJ2 six monthly report (Jan – Jun 2018) 2018 Report
AIPJ2 six monthly report (Jul – Dec 2018) 2018 Report
AIPJ2 six monthly report (Jan – Jun 2019) 2019 Report
Australia Indonesia Partnership for Justice phase 2 (AIPJ2): Independent Review 2019 Independent Review

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Democratic Resilience Pilot Program

$9 million, 2021-2025

Responding to a request from Indonesia’s electoral management bodies, Australia is funding the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) to work in partnership with local civil society organisations, the National Election Commission (KPU) and the National Election Oversight Body to strengthen electoral management and operations.

Australia is also supporting civil society organisations through a funding arrangement with The Asia Foundation.

This program partners with local actors to deliver on Government of Indonesia policy priorities including:

  • Strengthening inclusive procedural democracy and elections (particularly for women, youth and people with disabilities
  • Promoting civil liberties, in particular freedom of expression and association, and
  • Countering misinformation and disinformation.

Maritime Capacity Building Initiative (MCBI)

$13.2 million, 2018-2023

The Maritime Capacity Building Initiative (MCBI) is a 4-year investment designed to strengthen maritime cooperation and capacity in the areas of:

  • law enforcement
  • combating illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing
  • improving maritime, port and ship safety and
  • protecting maritime resources and the marine environment.

Activities implemented under the MCBI are aligned with the priorities of the Joint Declaration on Maritime Cooperation (2017) [PDF 117 KB] and its Plan of Action and Pillar 4 of the Australia-Indonesia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership (2018) and its Plan of Action (2020) for implementation.

Australia-Indonesia Knowledge Partnerships Platform (KONEKSI)

$50 million, 2022-2027

KONEKSI is Australia’s flagship program in the knowledge and innovation sector in Indonesia. KONEKSI’s goal is to achieve an enduring relationship between Indonesia and Australia that supports Indonesia’s inclusive and sustainable development. The program also aims to increase the use of knowledge-based solutions for inclusive and sustainable policies and technologies as well as to advance people-to-people links in research, science, technology and innovation. In implementing this program, DFAT is working with Indonesian government agencies including the Ministry of National Development Planning (Bappenas), The National Agency for Research and Innovation (BRIN), the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology (Kemdikbudristek), and other relevant stakeholders.

To achieve the program goal, KONEKSI implements four main activities, namely:

  1. Collaborative research grants which support multi-disciplinary research partnerships between Australian and Indonesian organisations to advance policy and practice solutions. The research themes will be agreed jointly between the Government of Australia and Indonesia, considering Indonesia’s medium and long-term development priorities, relevant cooperation agreements, and the evolving bilateral relationship.
  2. Technical assistance to address capacity gaps and systemic constraints for production and dissemination of knowledge.
  3. Knowledge dissemination and management to ensure that knowledge produced across KONEKSI is timely and delivered to targeted knowledge users, and
  4. Networking and coalition building which focus on promoting and connecting services and solutions from KONEKSI partners to external stakeholders who share similar interests.

KONEKSI’s work focuses on facilitating and strengthening organisational partnerships and building its partners’ capacities, including in relation to GEDSI (Gender Equality, Disability, and Social Inclusion) mainstreaming. KONEKSI is supporting partnerships that will respond to knowledge gaps in equality and inclusion, particularly in enhancing knowledge on indigenous issues and raising the profile of GEDSI-responsive interventions to support Indonesia’s economic transformation. KONEKSI also promotes equity in research partnership and supports the enabling environment so that the Indonesian knowledge and innovation ecosystem can make the best use of the knowledge partnerships.

Related document

Name of document Year published Type
KONEKSI Design Document 2022 Design

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UN Global Pulse – Asia Pacific

$1 million, 2023-2024

Launched in early 2023, the UN Global Pulse-Asia Pacific (UNGP-AP) is a UN regional hub which serves a data innovation facility that will support policymakers in the region to use big data and artificial intelligence (AI) to design innovative evidence-led policy and programs. UNGP-AP provides ‘services’ such as translating AI and big data into policies and programs, development of AI prototypes in form of dashboard/innovative data platforms, provision of technical assistance and access to international experts on strategic foresights and big data, provision of training on data analytics to improve data governance; as well as exploratory research using traditional and non-traditional data.

UNGP-AP is an expansion of the successful Pulse Lab Jakarta (PLJ), which was established in 2012 and supported by DFAT since 2015. UNGP-AP provides the opportunity for Indonesia to share some of the advances made under PLJ with the region, with DFAT funding an initial contribution of $1 million. DFAT funding helps fulfil commitments under Australia’s MoU with Indonesia on Trilateral Development Cooperation in the Pacific and demonstrate our support for Indonesia’s enhanced leadership role in the region.

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The Indonesia Project

$5.2 million, 2022-2026

The Indonesia Project was established in 1965. Since inception the Project has been at the forefront of Indonesian studies in Australia and internationally. DFAT has co-financed the Project with ANU since 1980.

Now in its fifth phase, the goal of the Project is to contribute to the creation of stronger, research-based public policies in Indonesia – especially in the areas of economic development, human capital, regional development, poverty, gender, governance, environment and social development – by producing and disseminating quality research, conducting public dialogue, building institutional capacity and establishing institutional networks. It also contributes to improved Indonesia literacy in Australia, through regular study groups, public lectures and seminars, and the annual Indonesia Update (the largest gathering of “Indonesianists” outside of Indonesia), as well as internationally through, for example, its triannual publication, the Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies (BIES). The Project provides data, research and analysis on the latest developments in Indonesia, including through its Global Seminar Series. Initiated in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Global Seminar Series has broadened its scope to examine gender, climate change and more.

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Additional information can be found at the Indonesia Project’s website.

Partnership for Australia-Indonesia Research (PAIR)

$8 million, 2018-2023

Partnerships for Australia-Indonesia Research (PAIR) is a five-year partnership program between Australia and Indonesia being implemented by the Australia-Indonesia Centre (AIC). PAIR aims to bring together researchers, policymakers, business partners and the community to find solutions to development problems – in an integrated way. PAIR is supported by the Australian and Indonesian Governments, as well as 11 universities (four Australian and seven Indonesian).

Through the research theme of Connectivity, People and Place, PAIR is creating the evidence base for informed policymaking in South Sulawesi. Research covers four connected areas, each highly relevant for South Sulawesi:

  • Commodities (seaweed)
  • Transport, Logistics and Supply Chain
  • Young People and Development
  • Young People’s Health and Wellbeing.

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Australia-Indonesia Partnership for Promoting Rural Incomes through Support for Markets in Agriculture (PRISMA)

$95 million, 2019-2023

PRISMA-2 is the second phase of Australia Indonesia Partnership for Rural Economic Development Program (AIP-Rural). Building on the achievements of AIP-Rural, PRISMA-2 aims to increase the incomes of an additional 700,000 smallholder farming households by a minimum of 30 per cent. Of the additional 700,000 smallholder farming households targeted through PRISMA-2, at least 60 per cent of these beneficiaries will consist of people living below USD2.50 per day. By the end of Phase 2 the program should see a cumulative one million smallholder farming households with an increased income.

The PRISMA-2 program operates in six provinces, namely East Java, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), Papua, West Papua and Central Java. PRISMA-2 strengthened the focus on policy influence by equipping decision makers with evidence and the development of strategic partnerships with key policy and agri-business influencers.

PRISMA-2 supported the agriculture industry to measure and understand the impact of COVID-19 on farm production and sales. PRISMA is supporting the longer road to recovery by focusing on agricultural sectors that have been most heavily impacted by the pandemic, as well as identifying new ways of working that will increase farming productivity and generate income for farmers, including new types of digital marketing.

Related documents

Name of document Year published Type
PRISMA2 Design Document 2017 Design

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Indonesia-Australia Partnership on Food Security in the Red Meat and Cattle Sector (RMCP)

$50 million (plus an additional $10 million in non-Official Development Assistance funding from the Department of Agriculture), 2013-2024

Through RMCP we aim to strengthen long-term economic relations between Indonesia and Australia. This partnership focuses on developing economic opportunities along the cattle and beef sector supply chain in support of Indonesia's food security and promotes closer ties. The Partnership comprises senior government officials and industry representatives from Indonesia and Australia, and provides advice on areas for development in the sector. Through the partnership we are exchanging skills in beef processing, cattle production and husbandry, and agricultural policy. In 2016, we launched the Indonesia Australia Commercial Cattle Breeding Program.

Throughout COVID-19 RMCP has been supporting the meat and cattle industry with business continuity and post-pandemic economic recovery planning. For example, supporting enhanced communication activities such as webinars, training and updating all communication materials.

Related documents

Name of document Year published Type
Indonesia-Australia Partnership on Food Security - Communique 2014 Communique
Indonesia Cattle Breeding Program Investment Design 2015 Design

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