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Institutional Strengthening in the Indonesian Water Sector

Institutional Strengthening in the Indonesian Water Sector
Institutional Strengthening in the Indonesian Water Sector AusAID

Twenty Indonesian water professionals visited Australia for a three week training program in August under the Australian Leadership Awards Fellowships program.

Project Category: Education & Training

Project Date: Aug 18, 2014

The Fellows, ten female and ten male senior and mid-career staff working towards strengthening the institutional arrangements for water management in Indonesia, came from BAPPENAS, Indonesia's State Ministry of National Development Planning.

The training program was designed to improve their capacity to envisage and lead change within their organisation, strengthen relationships with other water and sanitation sector organisations, and enable them to become catalysts for institutional strengthening across other resource and economic development sectors.

The program built on the Fellows' existing knowledge and skills through a combination of lectures, seminars, and workshops with leading researchers from top Australian universities.

It also included expert-led study tours to Australian river basins where the Fellows interact with government and non-government agencies at local and national levels, in order to see the theory they learn put into practice, in the Australian context.

The group also visited Canberra to meet with public officers, researchers and practitioners to discuss Water Policy and the Murray Darling Basin experience.


The benefits of this program for BAPPENAS and partner organisations included:

  • Strengthened understanding of evidence-based approaches for management of the intersection between IWRM and water security.
  • Improved capacity to apply integrated and collaborative partnership approaches to strengthen institutional arrangements for decentralised governance of water.
  • Enhanced capacity to lead change within and across organisations.

A further outcome was strengthened strategic partnerships between Australian water agencies and BAPPENAS, enabling deeper knowledge sharing and innovation.


Photos courtesy Andres Jaramillo


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