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The Knowledge Sector Initiative Project Completion Report

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The Knowledge Sector Initiative (KSI) was a decade-long partnership between the governments of Indonesia and Australia that supported Indonesian policymakers in developing more effective development policies through better use of research, data and analysis. The program was funded from 2013 to 2022 by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and implemented in cooperation with the Indonesian Ministry of National Development Planning/National Development Planning Agency or Kementerian Perencanaan Pembangunan Nasional/Badan Perencanaan Pembangunan Nasional (Bappenas). KSI Phase 1 was implemented from 2013–2017 and KSI Phase 2 from 2017–2022.[1] This Project Completion Report focuses primarily on Phase 2, but with some reference to relevant aspects of Phase 1, which was covered in a separate Project Completion Report.

Overall, KSI’s investments have led to a stronger knowledge system supporting better use of quality evidence in development policymaking. Through investment in knowledge sector actors and institutions and their interactions within the knowledge ecosystem in Indonesia, KSI succeeded in achieving all 5 of its End-of-Program Outcomes. This report summarises the evidence that demonstrates meaningful achievements in: (1) better research governance and funding mechanisms; (2) better incentives for researchers to produce quality research; (3) Increased interaction, knowledge sharing and collaboration; (4) more accessible quality data for policy analysis; and (5) Policy Research Institutes influencing policy and becoming more financially sustainable.

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