Indonesia Development Forum 2018 Call for Papers

Posted on April 19, 2018

The Indonesia Development Forum 2018 is calling for papers for their annual event held in Jakarta on 10 and 11 July.

Hosted by the Ministry of National Development Planning (Bappenas) with support from the Australian government and other development partners, IDF brings together leaders in government, civil society, academia, and the private sector to discuss solutions to Indonesia’s key development challenges.

The theme for this year is ‘Pathways to tackle regional disparities across the archipelago’.

Key Topics and Questions:

  • Regional Growth Centres: What Works Best?: Are Indonesia’s growth centres helping to reduce regional disparities or creating new disparities? How can Indonesia plan and develop growth centres to support more equitable regional development?
  • Narrowing the Gaps at the Periphery: Despite the long-standing efforts to develop Indonesia’s border areas, outer islands and disadvantaged regions, significant gaps remain. What policies are needed to drive their development and help close the gaps?
  • Delivering Basic Services to Reduce Regional Disparity: What are the best strategies for overcoming the challenges in delivering basic services? How can Indonesia ensure that communities in all regions are able to access quality services?
  • Unlocking the Potential of the Digital Economy for Regional Development: How can Indonesia support the potential of the digital economy to promote economic growth at the national, regional and local levels? What are the key challenges and risks and how can these be addressed?
  • Connecting the Archipelago: What strategies can support better connectivity and help reduce regional disparities?
  • Innovations in Local Governance and Development: What efforts and innovations can strengthen local leadership and governance as the basis for more equitable regional development?
  • Smarter Funding for Better Outcomes: How can local governments be smarter in how they manage funds to optimise local development? How can they identify and tap into alternative sources of funding for development?

IDF2018 invites papers on these topics to be presented in parallel sessions. Paper abstracts of a maximum of 250 words should be submitted online before 8 May 2018 via

Abstracts should include a brief explanation of the reason for writing, problem, methodology, results, and implications. Presentation sessions will be designed to provide ample time for discussion. Abstracts and presentations may be delivered in either English or Bahasa Indonesia.

Inquiries on Call for Papers can be directed to

For more information, read about the themes and sub-themes here: English/ Bahasa Indonesia (pdf).