Over the past 25 years, developing nations have made huge gains in the fight against poverty. But continued progress is hardly inevitable. Indeed, if such countries like Indonesia don’t rethink their approach to rapid digital transformation now, the gap that separates them from developed countries could well become unbridgeable, writes Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Finance Minister of Indonesia.
In the news
- The Indonesian media is heavily politicised. Many TV stations are owned by political power brokers or party leaders. During elections, these ownership structures place significant restrictions on the independence of journalists and media freedom more broadly. But how exactly do media bosses interfere in the daily lives of Indonesian journalists? Here this question answered and more on the Talking Indonesia podcast. (University of Melbourne)
- A teacher in the rural area of Mappi, Papua, has written an open letter to Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim asking him to pay more attention to the quality of school facilities in the village where she teaches. (The Jakarta Post)
- A large number of researchers among Indonesia’s scientific community have been known to perform unethical data tampering. Scholars have proposed research data repositories where researchers can share data openly. These data pools allow researchers to verify and reproduce the results of published studies. (The Conversation)
- Thousands of children with crippling birth defects. Half a million people poisoned. A toxic chemical found in the food supply. Accusations of a government cover-up and police officers on the take. This is the legacy of Indonesia’s mercury trade, a business intertwined with the lucrative and illegal production of gold. (New York Times)
- A West Sumatran woman who became the first female Indonesian journalist and fought for women’s rights in a conservative religious society has been recognized as a national hero by President Jokowi. (The Jakarta Post)
In the blog
- Read the inspiring story of PlastikDetox Bali, the non-profit campaign who came up with ideas in “detoxifying” Bali from its plastic addictions. They shared their journey with AIYA in helping Indonesia solving the plastic crisis.
- Adelaide, 25 November – AIYA SA play futsal every Monday night at Flinders Uni. Message them via the FB if you’re keen to join in.
- Brisbane, 26 November – AIBC Queensland is hosting their End of Year Networking Event at Bar Pacino, from 5:30pm. Come along and celebrate another successful year for AIBC Queensland! Register here.
- Brisbane, 30 November – AIYA Queensland will be hosting their Annual General Meeting (AGM) from 11am at Sendok Garpu, Indooroopily. See event details – including how to apply for new committee.
- Jakarta, 22 November – AIYA Jakarta are hosting a ReelOzInd Movie Screening at the Australia Awards Office, from 6:30pm. Seats are limited, RSVP essential. See more information here.
- Jakarta, 30 November – The Conference on Indonesian Foreign Policy (CIFP) is the country’s biggest festival of diplomacy and also happens to be the world’s largest foreign policy conference. The chosen theme for this year is “Cooling Off The Hot Peace: Strategic Opportunities and Economic Remedies for a Distressful World,”. Register for their annual event here.
- Melbourne, 27 November – Come to AIYA Vic’s LX every Wednesday at 6pm, RMIT Building 80.
- Sydney, 22 November – The Indonesia Business Council (IBC) Indonesia is hosting their business networking event for 2019, themed ‘Translating IA CEPA into Business Actions’ from 6pm at Wisma Indonesia. Register here.
- Sydney, 30 November – Don’t miss AIYA NSW’s Malam Trivia for 2019! Join them for a bunch of laughs, FREE pizza + martabak and the chance to battle it out for the coveted prize of the 2019 Malam Trivia champions. Bring your friends, your colleagues, your neighbours, your mum and dad! You can create your own team, or just come along on the night and we’ll help pair you up with a team – a great way to make some new friends. Tickets are strictly limited – purchase yours now (discounts for AIYA members)!
- Sydney, 30 November – Don’t miss the IACC’s ‘Indonesian Cultural Night’, at the Rockdale Town Hall, 6:30pm – 10pm. See the flyer.
- Yogyakarta, 2 December – Stretch your muscles and play basketball with AIYA Yogyakarta, every second Monday from 7 – 9pm at UNY Basketball Court. See their IG for more details.
- Join AIYA Queensland! AIYA Queensland are recruiting their new executive team, to be decided at their AGM on 30 November 2019. Available positions include Chapter President, Secretary, Treasurer and General Committee Member/s. Express your interest in a position via the Google Form. For more information, email [email protected].
- The Australian Volunteers for International Development Program (Australia Aid) currently have a number of volunteer assignments in Indonesia, including an Academic Advisor (12 months) in Yogyakarta, a Cricket Development Officer and Coach (12 months) in Bali, an ICT Officer (6 months) in Jakarta, and a Disabed Sports Development Officer in Bali. Applications for each of these roles close soon (mid to late November) – so check them out and apply. Also be sure to check out the full range of volunteer assignments in Indonesia here.
- Corethics Ltd are seeking volunteers to assist with their ReelOzInd! Short Film Fest on 30 November 2019. There are a variety of positions available from pre-event (flyer distribution/sponsorships/donations) to event (door/food & beverage/setup/pack down). If this sounds like something you are keen to support then please apply here!
- The Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Melbourne is looking for people to join us in a variety of roles. It is a 1-3 months unpaid internship programs and is a great taster of what it is like to work in a government organization and know how Indonesian Diplomats work. For further information, check here.
- The University of the Sunshine Coast is currently seeking a Lecturer in World Languages (full time, ongoing). The School of Creative Industries offers a range of undergraduate programs across three main areas: Design, Creative Industries and Communication and is looking to appoint an exceptional Academic to grow the existing languages program within the area of Communication. Applications close 2 December 2019. See more information.
- Apply for an internship with the Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA) NSW! Internships at AIIA NSW are offered to university students or recent graduates who have an interest in international affairs, and who are looking to further develop their skills for future professional involvement in international policy. For Semester 1 internships, applications are open from 15 November to 15 December 2019. Read more here.
- The Asia Centre’s 5th International Conference will be held in Bangkok in July 2020. The conference will focus on ‘Hate Speech in Asia: Challenges and Solutions and is now accepting abstracts until 15 December 2019. Submit yours and/or register for the conference here.
- Call for applications for the Alumni Grant Scheme (AGS) 2020! The AGS offers seed funding on a competitive basis for initiatives that create impact by putting your knowledge and skills to good use. The program provides up to AU$15,000, and up to 25 grants are available under the current AGS round. The AGS is open to all Indonesian nationals who have graduated from a recognised Australian tertiary institution, including those who are self-funded. It is also open to alumni of short-term studies or programs in Australia. See the guidelines – Submit your applications before 20 January 2020 at this link.
- Pemberdayaan Perempuan Memerangi Kemiskinan (PPMK) is a microfinance organisation based in Yogyakarta that work to empower women to fight poverty. They also provide free English classes to children and are currently working to establish an English book library, so children can continue learning at home. They are seeking donations of new and secondhand English books. To coordinate any donations, contact PPMK on WhatsApp at +62 857-7610-7979 or at [email protected]. Learn more about PPMK’s work!
- ACICIS is inviting all of its alumni to join the all-new alumni platform. It is packed with new features such as alumni directory, jobs and opportunities page, events page, interest-group pages, as well as other exciting features that will be added regularly. To sign-up, please visit their alumni website here.
- Inside Indonesia publishes original pieces on a wide range of political, social, environmental and cultural issues in Indonesia. They accept articles from a diverse range of people who have an interest in Indonesia. To find out how to contribute, click here.
- Applications for Westpac Asian Exchange Scholarships for Semester 2, 2020 have opened. Apply today!
- Learning a language? Get Indonesian & English language help with UniBRIDGE Project.