Good research can lead to positive change for the world's poorest by enhancing the design and implementation of development policies and programs.
That's why Australia
is committed to an innovative research portfolio and funds research, including through:
- competitive funding mechanisms (such as the Australian Development Research Awards Scheme)
- research partnerships with different Australian, international and developing country research institutions
- commissioning research to address a specific question or clearly defined research
- one-off research grants, when an existing program of research is relevant to the
Australian aid program.
More information on how we fund research
SMERU Research Institute
The SMERU Research Institute is an independent institution for research and public policy studies, focusing on
and poverty issues considered most urgent and relevant for the people of Indonesia. Since its founding in 1998, and with Australian support, the Institute
has been at the
forefront of the research effort to highlight the impact of government programs
and policies, and has actively published and reported its research findings. SMERU's research teams are formed by combining researchers from different
In the social and economic fields, SMERU conducts studies on the impact and performance
of government programs and policies related to poverty, health and education. SMERU
also focuses its research on the implementation of regional autonomy and decentralisation policies, particularly their impact on the provision of public
For a history of SMERU (which also contributes to our Knowledge Sector program),
download The SMERU
Research Institute: History and lessons learned [PDF 344kb].
SMERU Research Institute
The Indonesia Project is a major international centre of research and graduate training on the economy of Indonesia. Established in 1965 in the Australian
Division of Economics, now The Arndt-Corden Department of Economics, the Project monitors and analyses
developments in Indonesia; informs Australian governments, business, and the wider community about those developments, and about future prospects; and
on the Indonesian economy.
The Project is well known and respected in Indonesia and in other places where Indonesia
attracts serious scholarly and official interest. The Project obtains its core funding
from The Australian National University; since 1980 the Australian Government has provided an annual grant through the Australian Aid program.
For more details, visit the Indonesia
CSIRO AusAID Research for Development Alliance—Climate Adaptation Strategies for Rural Livelihoods in Indonesia
The CSIRO AusAID Research for Development Alliance—Climate Adaptation Strategies for Rural Livelihoods in Indonesia is a strategic partnership that
aims to improve the impact of aid.
The Alliance aims to tackle important development challenges in the Asia-Pacific region through improved knowledge of climate, water and energy systems and
by better understanding people’s vulnerabilities and options to adapt and manage their natural environment.
This CSIRO AusAID partnership provides an opportunity to introduce approaches to international aid delivery that better responds to the relationship
between poverty and the environment. Alliance projects will achieve impact through influencing Australian Aid’s development policies, investments and
projects, as well as informing international stakeholder policies and decisions.
CSIRO AusAID Research for Development Alliance - Climate Adaptation Strategies for Rural
Livelihoods in Indonesia [external link]
Australia Indonesia Partnership for Pro-Poor Policy: Knowledge Sector Initiative (AIP4)
Australia commissioned twelve research products to support the design of the Knowledge Sector program. The proposed 'Revitalising Indonesia's Knowledge
Sector for Development Policy' program aims to enable Indonesian policy-makers to make evidence-informed decisions to meet its priority social development
goals. The long term, comprehensive approach of the program comprises strategies to strengthen Indonesia’s domestic knowledge organisations to produce high
quality, policy relevant research and analysis; enhance demands for analysis in policy formulation processes; and address the regulatory constraints that
currently inhibit the growth of Indonesia’s knowledge sector – defined as the overall institutional landscape of government, private sector, and civil society
organisations that provide knowledge to support the development of public policy.
Paul M. Sutmuller and Ivo Setiono contributed to the Knowledge Sector analysis with their report, Diagnostic on Evidence-based Public Policy Formulation
under Decentralisation. The report looks into process of local public policy formulation and implementation in the context of ten years of regional autonomy
in Indonesia. It questions the degree to which local public policies are evidence-based, what are the demands and supply of regional governments’ need for
improved sources of policy knowledge and the incentives and disincentives for greater use of knowledge by policy makers.
Another research product, Knowledge for policy: Regulatory obstacles to the growth of a knowledge market in Indonesia, found that the level and quality of
demand for knowledge emanating from government is a very powerful determining factor in the nature of the knowledge market. Current institutional arrangements
for the application of knowledge to policy are uncoordinated and dominated by the vested interests of various agencies and powerful individuals within them.
Within government, divisions between different categories of staff create barriers between policy expertise and the policy decision-making process. This
hinders the capacity of government to formulate its knowledge needs, to develop evidence-based policy and to use outside sources of research and advice.
Australia Indonesia Partnership for Pro-Poor Policy: Knowledge Sector