Responding to local demands: PAIR Visioning 1 in Makassar

The AIC Associate Fellows landed in South Sulawesi for the first time in February 2020. They visited three key stakeholders – Makassar New Port, railway operators and a community seaweed farm – and learned about their needs and aspirations.

 

Then the Associate Fellows joined the Senior Fellows for a day of talks with Indonesian national and provincial government officials, at the PAIR Policy Dialogue.

At the dialogue, three agencies presented on President Jokowi’s policy priorities: the Vice President’s Poverty Reduction Team, the Ministry of Transportation, and the Coordinating Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Investment.

This video takes you on that journey of site visits and the PAIR Policy Dialogue, and includes commentary from six Senior Fellows about why these events form part of the PAIR research process.

A full transcript follows the video.

 

Transcript: Responding to local demands: PAIR Visioning 1 in Makassar

The AIC Associate Fellows landed in South Sulawesi for the first time in February.

They visited three key stakeholders – Makassar New Port, railway operators and a community seaweed farm – and learned about their needs and aspirations.

Prof. Andreas Ernst (Monash University): Site visits are essential. As an academic sitting in an office you can’t just learn from reading a piece of paper and looking at a map. Just the land over which the railway goes, and what some of the constraints are… they’re going to give you a feel for this, as well as the communities along there that will have to use this railway. So it’s been essential to actually get to see that first hand.

Dr Christrijogo Sumartono (Universitas Airlangga): To study the data offered by the government, we also want to find out whether the data is in line with the reality on the ground, and whether the data is in accordance with the needs and expectations of the community itself, and what the impact will be.

Prof. Anu Rammohan (University of Western Australia): The site visits give us researchers a good insight into what is happening on the ground. It allows us to talk to communities, to talk to the villagers, to the farming communities, to the young people and the women who are actually the people who will be affected by our research.

Then the Associate Fellows joined the Senior Fellows for a day of talks with Indonesian national and provincial government officials, at the PAIR Policy Dialogue.

Three agencies presented on President Jokowi’s policy priorities: the Vice President’s Poverty Reduction Team, the Ministry of Transportation, and the Coordinating Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Investment.

Prof. Nunung Nuryartono (IPB University): I think this stakeholder dialogue is very important for developing a common perception. In the context of this dialogue, we can see how the local and central governments share important information. Of course, for us as researchers, we had prior knowledge of this, but that knowledge has been strengthened through this dialogue.

Dr Reni Suwarso (Universitas Indonesia): We learned [at the Policy Dialogue] that we are all equal, that we have equal access, so that we can go forward and work together.

Dr Scott Waldron (University of Queensland): I’m very interested in the PAIR structure. It’s an innovative structure that has been put together, and I’m particularly interested in the multi-disciplinary team that has been put together focussed on a particular area. A lot of the inroads in regional development have been made through multi-disciplinary teams and I’m happy to be participating.

 

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Dr Simon Bowly explains ‘Why connectivity matters’ from the PAIR Policy Dialogue

Associate Fellows Anis Wulandari and Dr Muhammad Farid Lusno recap the site visits