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Health promotion: young people are here and ready to engage

Health promotion: young people are here and ready to engage

January 21, 2019 By Nada Alichiah Hasan-Viljakainen

Nada Alichiah Hasan-Viljakainen is a young Indonesian woman and an advocate for healthier living. She was a youth representative at the AIC’s ‘Youth are our Future’ forum in Jakarta in September 2018. As a young adult, I am passionate about better health and wellbeing for myself, my generation and today’s children. I am concerned about how […]

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Indonesia Votes 2019: Presidential debate season kicks off

Indonesia Votes 2019: Presidential debate season kicks off

January 18, 2019 By Kevin Evans

With exactly three months to go before polling day in Indonesia, the first of five debates between contending presidential teams took place on Thursday 17th January evening. The concept of candidate debates in Indonesia has been an evolving but growing part of the electoral process since early in the Reformasi era. Cynics have developed a […]

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Finding the cyber connection

Finding the cyber connection

January 8, 2019 By Helen Brown

In August 2018 an MOU was signed between Australia and Indonesia to work together on cyber-security. Such agreements are of course, not legally binding, and some question their relevance. But in cultures that highly value trust, an MOU provides the framework for relationship building. It is up to the two countries to work on that […]

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Q&A: Australia Awards 2019 recipients Andi and Muh

Q&A: Australia Awards 2019 recipients Andi and Muh

January 3, 2019

“[My AIC project] was my first time working with an international team… working across disciplines gave me extensive knowledge and the experience increased my interest in research.” Muh Zaifullah, Australia Awards recipient 2019 Andi Imam Arundhana and Muh Zaifullah are previous research assistants with The Australia-Indonesia Centre and have become advocates for building a stronger […]

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Education and extremism in Indonesia: Building a more tolerant future through schools

Education and extremism in Indonesia: Building a more tolerant future through schools

December 19, 2018

“It’s really about getting down to the roots of  why certain people are segregating themselves from society.” While Indonesia has a history of religious acceptance, intolerance linked to conservative Islam appears to be on the rise. Educational institutions play a crucial role in advocating for social cohesion and harmony over radicalism among young people, and […]

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Indonesian Media in Brief: Connecting electricity for disadvantaged families

Indonesian Media in Brief: Connecting electricity for disadvantaged families

December 7, 2018 By Jesse Thomas

The Indonesian Ministry for State-owned Enterprises (Badan Usaha Milik Negara, or BUMN) has brought electricity to over 60,000 families in West Java through a free connection service. Ultimately, this move aims to reach 100,000 families by the end of 2018 as part of an overarching program known as ‘BUMN Hadir Untuk Negeri’ (‘BUMN Is There […]

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Booming Growth in South Sulawesi

Booming Growth in South Sulawesi

December 7, 2018 By Harold Mitchell

This week began with a fascinating visit to South Sulawesi and its principal city of Makassar with a population of 1.6 million. As part of Indonesia, South Sulawesi hardly comes on the radar of Australians and that’s a great mistake. Indonesia, which was a Dutch dependency until 1945, has recently had an incredible change in […]

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Losing a loved one from heart attack – how early life prevention can save lives

Losing a loved one from heart attack – how early life prevention can save lives

December 6, 2018 By Febi Trihermato

Recently my eyes were opened about how to implement a healthy lifestyle in our society, and how important it is for disease prevention. This affects me as some of my family members suffer from NCDs. With a background in business and finance, I recently attended the AIC Health Cluster forum under the theme ‘Early-life non-communicable […]

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Bridging a looming digital divide with Indonesia

Bridging a looming digital divide with Indonesia

December 5, 2018 By Helen Brown

Indonesia is quickly becoming the most digitally connected nation in South East Asia. Will Australia’s tech entrepreneurs be a part of this remarkable transformation? On a recent trip to Jakarta I was shown by a friend an app on his smartphone which allowed someone to invest in the sale price of a goat or sheep […]

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