Indonesia’s strong economic growth over the last decade has enabled it to regain its status as a lower-middle-income country following the Asian financial crisis of 1997–1998. To continue on this path of growth, prosperity and democratisation, Indonesia’s policymakers need to develop effective public policies that increase productivity and competitiveness and ensure that the benefits of growth translate into better public services and increased economic opportunities for all. How well equipped is Indonesia to face these challenges? Is the country developing the intellectual capital required to transform knowledge into growth? How do policymakers make use of evidence to inform policy decisions? This book examines these and other key questions through the lens of the Indonesian ‘knowledge sector’ – the overall institutional landscape of government, private sector and civil society organisations that produce, synthesise and use knowledge to support the development of public policies – as Indonesia transitions to a knowledge-based economy. The authors draw their insights and evidence from experience acquired during implementation of the Australia-Indonesia Partnership for Pro-Poor Policy: the Knowledge Sector Initiative, a donor-funded programme that aims to strengthen demand for and use of evidence in policymaking in Indonesia.
KeywordsEvidence-informed policymaking Knowledge sector Indonesia Policymaking Evidence-based policymaking Demand and use of evidence Policy cycle
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