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Protecting young Indonesian hearts from tobacco

Protecting young Indonesian hearts from tobacco

June 15, 2018 By Putu Ayu Swandewi Astuti & Becky Freeman

The death threat looms large over Indonesian youth as their rate of smoking is high. www.shutterstock.com   The world’s second-largest market for tobacco after China, Indonesia is home to 100 million smokers. Smoking kills more than 200,000 Indonesians a year. The death threat also looms over its young generation. A fifth of Indonesians between 13 […]

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Makassar: Profile of a City in Eastern Indonesia, Part One

Makassar: Profile of a City in Eastern Indonesia, Part One

June 13, 2018 By Richard Mathews

We have been in Makassar long enough now for me to be able to paint a picture of life in this eastern Indonesian metropolis. Makassar’s actual population according to official central government statistics is just under 1.4 million: but the Mayor of Makassar, Danny Pomanto, has told me that if you add the number of […]

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Australia and Indonesia: Possibilities for Cooperation

Australia and Indonesia: Possibilities for Cooperation

June 11, 2018 By Australian Institute of International Affairs

It should be natural that close neighbours like Indonesia and Australia seek to forge strong relations and mutually beneficial cooperation. Geographic proximity, however, does not always guarantee this. The improvement in bilateral ties is illustrated by the high level of engagement between top officials, such as the recent meeting between President Joko Widodo and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during the ASEAN Australia Special […]

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Improving Access to Financial Services with Fintech

Improving Access to Financial Services with Fintech

June 8, 2018 By Pulse Lab Jakarta

For many street food vendors, small shop owners and thousands of entrepreneurs like them across Indonesia, access to financial services that can help them to meet their needs often lies outside their reach. With the uptick in the number of sophisticated financial technologies, there are emerging opportunities that can aid the delivery of faster and […]

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What the “Ten New Balis” Could Mean for Eastern Indonesia and Australia

What the “Ten New Balis” Could Mean for Eastern Indonesia and Australia

June 6, 2018 By Richard Mathews

On my travels around the eastern provinces of Indonesia I am often asked by Governors, Bupatis and business people, “what can Australia do to help us develop our tourism sector?” All levels of government in Indonesia are promoting tourism with the expectation it will bring progress and prosperity to the long-neglected people of eastern Indonesia. […]

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Australia and Indonesia: Strategic Partners in a Time of Change

Australia and Indonesia: Strategic Partners in a Time of Change

June 4, 2018 By Kyle Springer

Former Foreign Minister Gareth Evans once said, “No two neighbours anywhere in the world are as comprehensively unalike as Australia and Indonesia.” Despite proximity, Canberra and Jakarta may as well be worlds apart but changes need to be made if the countries want to face the future in a strategic way. Change is happening on […]

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Raising Awareness – the Importance of Eastern Indonesia to Australia

Raising Awareness – the Importance of Eastern Indonesia to Australia

May 30, 2018 By Richard Mathews

I spent the month of October 2017 in Australia on my mid-term consultations and leave. It is hard to believe, but I am half-way through my posting: eighteen months of solid work behind us, and another busy eighteen months ahead of us, until the end of our posting to Makassar. I travelled to Perth, Darwin, […]

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Drafting Jakarta’s Ballot Papers

Drafting Jakarta’s Ballot Papers

May 28, 2018 By Australian Institute of International Affairs

It is a year until the next presidential elections will be held in Indonesia and speculation has begun about who will put themselves forward to face the incumbent, Joko Widodo. The answer will shape the coming debate in Australia’s largest neighbour. Indonesia’s democracy is just 20 years old and it is due to hold its […]

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Strong Research Ecosystem Needed To Boost Indonesia’s Economic Competitiveness

Strong Research Ecosystem Needed To Boost Indonesia’s Economic Competitiveness

May 25, 2018 By Knowledge Sector Initiative

Indonesia needs to make a concerted effort to strengthen its research ecosystem – including policy research – to be able to compete with other countries in the region. One key challenge in Indonesia’s research ecosystem is the availability and accessibility of data and research. To help address this, the Indonesia Alliance for Policy Research (ARK), […]

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Countering the rise of radicalism in private Islamic schools in Indonesia

Countering the rise of radicalism in private Islamic schools in Indonesia

May 23, 2018 By Agus Mutohar

Radicalism is spread at schools in Indonesia. But, where do they grow? www.shutterstock.com A series of terrorist acts has rocked Indonesia in the past week. Starting from a clash in a detention centre at the Police Mobile Brigade headquarters in Depok, West Java, last week, attackers then bombed three churches in Surabaya, East Java, last […]

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