May 2013, JAKARTA – The Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia (RFIA), in collaboration with AusAID, National Team for Accelerating Poverty Reduction (TNP2K), and Harvard University Asia Center, were organizing The Asia Public Policy Forum 2013 (APPF) for 3 consecutive days, starting from May 28th, in Four Seasons Hotel, Jakarta, Indonesia. About 120 participants from Indonesia and Overseas were attending this academic forum. The attendees that consisted of policy makers, scholars, researchers and representatives of the community, were coming all the way to join the discussion related to public policies and social issues, particularly in Asia region.
This year, the social issues of Poverty, Inequality, and Social Protection; was being chosen as the theme of the third APPF, with the guest speakers were including the representatives of social figures, scholars, and social workers from United Nations Institute for Social Development, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), National University of Singapore (NUS), Asian Development Bank (ADB), World Bank, Leibniz University Hannover, TNP2K, RMIT Vietnam, National Development Planning (Bappenas), Indian School of Business, Murdoch University, Brazil International Poverty Centre for Inclusive Growth, Overseas Development Institute, South Africa Economic Policy Research Institute, and Northern Illinois University Social Watch Philippines.
Agung Binantoro, the Director of Rajawali Foundation, explained that the APPF was established to create a powerful policy networks by gathering policy makers in Asia to interact and communicate within the forum. The Foundation is looking for some ideas sharing between those policy makers, about how to formulate policy, how to implement the program, how to analyze the current policy, and collecting feedbacks from the forum.
“The feedbacks would be a critical key to help developing and improving the current public policies. Further, we expect that the feedback could progressively able to tackle the issues of poverty, gender equality, and social protection,” said Binantoro.
The forum began with the discussion of social issue through a global perspective, and predicting the long term trend of those issues. The discussion took the issues further to the development and eradicating phase, whether it has been done or still ongoing process. The forum also presented several new theories to accurately measure and select the target of the poverty alleviation program. The outcome of this measurement would be the reference to establish a better public policy for the general society’s welfare. Other that, the topic on social protection program funding was also raised in this forum, which consider to be highly beneficial according to the final evaluation of APPF 2013.
Binantoro said that the outcome of this forum will be forwarded as a recommendation to the government and to the public policy makers in the Asia region. In a special exception for Indonesia, the forum outcome will be forwarded to TNP2K, which is an independent institution that established under the supervision of The Vice President of Repulic of Indonesia.
“The outcome will be proceed further by the related ministry, including Bappenas in coordination and monitored by TNP2K, society’s representatives, and international organizations in supporting the application of this fresh public policy formulation,” explained Binantoro, closing his speech in the Press Conference.back