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Eastern Indonesia Researchers Network (JiKTI)

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The Eastern Indonesia Region Researchers’ Network (Jaringan Peneliti Kawasan Timur Indonesia - JiKTI) is a network with researchers in the KTI as its members from academics, the government as well as community organizations who are committed to conducting research for the advancement of development in their area and the KTI. The establishment of JiKTI was initiated by the SOfEI - BaKTI (the multi-donor program which was the inception of the BaKTI Foundation) together with several members of the KTI Forum member researchers which convened a Seminar and Workshop themed Food Security and the Empowerment of the Community on 27 – 28 July 2007 in Makassar and also included a Research Network Workshop in its agenda. At this meeting it was agreed that a research forum on food security and community empowerment should be established to be called the Eastern Indonesia Region Researchers’ Network.

 

Together with BaKTI and the KTI Forum this network then selected several local researchers as contact persons in each of the 12 provinces in the KTI. These provincial representatives were then known as the JiKTI Focal Points. In 2008, this researchers network changed its name to the the Eastern Indonesia Region Researchers’ Network or Jaringan Peneliti KTI (JiKTI) in order to accommodate the diversity of research disciplines involved and the issues to be targeted by JiKTI.

In its subsequent developments throughout 2008, JiKTI partnered with the Australia Indonesia Governance Partnership (AIGRP) to implement a Mentoring Program. This program selected 15 candidates from various KTI research institutions to submit their research proposals. Th selected candidates attended a workshop held in Makassar on 9-10 July 2008 which was designed to enhance research capacity, to identify feasible research proposals and to open opportunities for partnering with Australian academics. Nine researchers from Australia also participated in this workshop. This meeting also discussed a partnership with Ausindo Biocom which continued in a joint program in 2008.

The activity continued at the JiKTI meeting which discussed and established strategic JiKTI activities as well as strengthening the researchers network through to the 12 provinces in the KTI. A this time, when 3 directories were also launched which are the KTI researcher directory, the research institute directory and the research findings directory which are developed in cooperation with LIPI (the Indonesian Institute of Sciences). Still in 2008, the JiKTI mailing list was activated and remains an online communication facility for this network with approximately 400 members from various constitutions.

In 2009 JiKTI once again convened their third coordination meeting. The meeting, attended by the JiKTI Focal Points and also representatives of the KTI Heads of Bappeda Forum, discussed synchronising research and regional development planning. The outcome of his meeting was to engage JiKTI in providing input into the Heads of Bappeda From including the discussion of Book 3 in the National Medium Term Development Plan (RPJMN) in the KOMPAS dialogue in Makassar and in the Preparation for RPJMN Discussions. The 2009 meeting also generated inputs and the formulation of JiKTI's support in the preparation of the Development Knowledge and Policy Sector Revitalisation Program (RSPKP) bring developed by AusAID-Bappenas.

During the next stage, the JiKTI activities momentum slowed and became stagnant. This was mainly due to the ambiguity of JiKTI 's organisational structure and function as well as limited resources. In the midst of this condition, a realisation emerged that an internal rearrangement was necessary in order to realise the vision of providing a significant contribution to the acceleration of knowledge-based development in the KTI thus requiring JiKTI to be revitalised in order to strengthen JiKTI's organisational capacity. The role of each element of JiKTI (Focal Points, members, secretariat) must be detailed and reiterated. The role JiKTI will play for their potential partners also must be redefined.

In mid-2010 JiKTI received funding from The Asia Foundation (TAF) for the Knowledge Sector for Policy Development Program which is an opportunity for JiKTI to revitalise their organisational order. This year-long program is aimed at strengthening the organisation and building capacity of research for development policy. In 2011, under the framework of this knowledge sector program, JiKTI produced three policy briefs which were presented at the first JiKTI symposium. The symposium was held in November 2011 with the topic "Research for Policy Recommendation".

In 2012, JiKTI again received funding from TAF for the second phase of this program. As a continuation of the support of the AusAID Knowledge Sector Revitalisation Program, which is managed by TAF, in June 2010 – November 2011, JiKTI received this support in the form of a Bridging Program. The duration of this year's support program was until September 2012 and focused on stabilising JiKTI's organisation. The aim was to bridge the previous program and the continuation of the knowledge sector revitalisation program in 2013.

JiKTI received the Bridging Program assistance together with six other partner institutions or research centres. With a focus on creating a stable organisation, JiKTI organised, improved and strengthened its organisation by utilising the grant for that year as a platform for the long term development of its organisation. The main activity implemented was enhancing its organisational capacity especially the JiKTI organisational instruments (strategic plan and by-laws) as well as building the capacity of its members and network by strengthening the provincial secretariat and its relationship with the Regional Development Planning Agency (Bappeda) in their respective areas, providing research grants and convening the JIKTI Symposium at the end of the program.

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