By Dana de Guzman

According to Dr. Tusy Adibroto, Principal Engineer of the Center for Environmental Technology at the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology Indonesia (BPPT), the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Declaration back in 2000 has prompted various poverty alleviation efforts worldwide, including in Indonesia.

 Currently, the country’s development initiatives are “scattered,” which opens the opportunity for these efforts to be streamlined, and planned strategically. The same is the case for initiatives for inclusive development. “In the ministries (Agricultural Ministry, State Welfare Coordinating Ministry, etc.), local governments, civil society organizations, and media, for example, we can find initiatives that address poverty-related needs, and aim at empowering the poor. However, efforts promoting inclusive development are not yet widely recognized and documented in Indonesia,” she said.

This being the case, Dr. Adribroto and a team composed of researchers from BPPT are now working with UNIID-SEA on a research study that will map and evaluate IID initiatives and policies in Indonesia. The study began last February, and aims to review and map existing initiatives in Indonesia that are IID-oriented, and determine and analyze the impacts of existing policies that relate to these efforts. The results of this study will be out by September 2013.

The research study is supported by the UNIID-SEA Research Grants Program, which previously awarded grants to a number of teams in Southeast Asia who are now conducting research that support our key program areas: 1) IID field building; 2) Paradigm shift in higher education and research; 3) Building a community of excellence for IID; and 4) national and regional IID policy agenda development.

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