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Winners of IRSA Awards and Research Supports

IRSA would like to congratulate the following academics for winning the IRSA Awards and Grants

  1. Dian Rubianty, Saiful Mahdi and Yusnadi Alja received the 2018 IRSA-Local Government Innovation Research Support for their research on “Enterprising Gampong: Role of BKPG and Village Funding in Developing BUMDes in South Aceh, Indonesia”.
  2. Maria Silalahi and Salut Muhidin received the 2018 IRSA-Local Government Innovation Research Support for their research on “Innovative Health Program in NTT Province to Improve Maternal and Newborn Health”.
  3. Tri Mulyaningsih, Vitri widyaningsih, Fitria Nur Rahmawati and Dhian Adhitya received the 2018 IRSA-Local Government Innovation Paper Award for their paper on “The Role of Nutrition Assistance and Care in the Primary Health Center and Children Double Burden of Malnutrition in Indonesia”.
  4. Takahiro Akita, Awaludin Aji Riadi and Ali Rizal received the 2018 IRSA-BKF Paper Award for their paper on “Fiscal Disparities in Indonesia under Decentralization: To What Extent Has General Allocation Grant (DAU) Equalized Fiscal Revenues?”
  5. Mochamad Thoriq Akbar and Estro Dariatno Sihaloho received the 2018 IRSA-BKF Paper Award for their research on “The Impact of Village Fund Program in Developing Physical Infrastructure: Case on Construction Value Across Provinces in Indonesia”
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IRSA-BKF Paper Award

IRSA-BKF Paper Award on Inter-Governmental Transfers and Local Taxation

Eligible Topics

Research paper topics that will be considered for this award should discuss various issues related to transfers from central to local governments, particularly Village Funds, and local taxation. Such topics could be, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Government transfers as a strategy to reduce regional income inequality
  2. The role of government transfers and/or local taxation in improving regional standard minimum services across Indonesia
  3. The role of village funds in developing physical and social infrastructure to enhance development in rural and peripheral economies
  4. The effectiveness of transfers to regional policy and/or local taxation in supporting local autonomy
  5. The local government budget and its impact on local economic growth, human capital development, poverty alleviation and inequality
  6. Decentralization and sustainability.

The award

The selected papers will receive Rp. 2,000,000.- per paper and an opportunity for presentation at the IRSA-BKF special session on Inter-governmental Transfers and Local Taxations. In addition, the authors will be given the option to have their works published in the BKF-MOF accredited journal, Kajian Ekonomi dan Keuangan (http://www.fiskal.kemenkeu.go.id/ejournal/index.php/kek) or in the IRSA Book Series on Regional Development.

Context

In the local autonomy and fiscal decentralization era, local governments play a strategic role in providing basic public services, improving welfare, alleviating poverty, and reducing inequality among regions. Adequate funding is required to implement their authority. In order to support local government, the central government introduced three main funding instruments for fiscal decentralization, namely Own Source Revenues (PAD) including local taxes, Regional Transfers and Village Funds (TKDD), and local government loans.
TKDD is a major source of local government funding. It covers several types of funding intended for different purposes, such as the Revenue Sharing Fund (DBH) for reducing the vertical fiscal gap, the General Allocation Fund (DAU) for reducing the horizontal fiscal gap, the Specific Allocation Fund (DAK) for accelerating the achievement of national priorities, and Village Funds for stimulating infrastructure development and rural community empowerment. The funding allocation is still not effective in achieving development goals due to issues related to the alignment of the allocation with state budget capacity, funding overlaps between ministries, and suboptimal utilization of the inter-governmental transfer by local governments. Further, the effectiveness of Village Funds in reducing poverty and lowering village disparities in the three years since their implementation is still minor.
On the other hand, local governments themselves need to improve their own funding by enhancing local revenue (PAD), particularly from Local Taxes and Local Retributions (PDRD). PDRD is a reflection of the fiscal independence of a region. Regions with an optimal level of taxation can expand their local fiscal capacity and have more options to promote the region. PDRD should be strengthened to improve the accountability of local spending and increase public participation in financing public services. Nevertheless, improvement in the collection of PDRD should not hinder the regional investment climate.
The Central government is committed to continuously improving the quality of fiscal decentralization. In order to improve the quality of local expenditure, the TKDD should be strengthened by considering inputs from various aspects of local governments, society and academics. Moreover, the Central government continues to increase local taxing power. In order to gather information and feedback on fiscal decentralization policies, FEB UNS, IRSA, and BKF-MOF are collaborating to invite scholars to submit papers that empirically study sub-national transfers, local taxation, and local expenditure and their impact in stimulating the economy and lowering inequality across provinces and districts in Indonesia.

How to Apply?

All papers related to the topics mentioned above and submitted to be presented at the 14th IRSA International Conference by 23 June 2018 will be considered for the IRSA-BKF Paper Award. Between 4 to 8 papers will be selected. The papers should be presented at the Conference and all the terms and conditions of the IRSA Conference will apply to all applicants; i.e. paying registration fee etc.

Timelines

Announcement : 15 February 2018
Deadline for the abstract : 1 April 2018
Deadline for the Full Paper : 23 June 2018
Notification of Winner : 6 July 2018

Submission

An extended paper abstract of about 250-500 words should be submitted online via http://www.conftool.com/irsa2018 by 1 April 2018. The abstract should consist of the background, data and methodology, potential contributors, and keywords. Both the abstract and full paper must be submitted in English. The full Paper must be submitted online via http://www.conftool.com/irsa2018 by 23 June 2018.

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IRSA-Local Government Innovation Research Support 2018

IRSA-Local Government Innovation Research Support on Local Government Innovation

Rationale

Despite nearly two decades of decentralization, inter-regional development disparity is still high and persistent. Moreover, intra-regional disparity reflected in the inequality between different groups of the population has reached a level unprecedented in Indonesian history. A root cause is unequal access to improvements in the quality of human resources, especially those related to skills improvement, through education, and the quality of public health. These services are the responsibility of the state, and have been decentralized to local government. In order to optimally exercise this decentralized function to improve development outcomes, regions and localities need to be innovative in the way they serve people, produce or encourage innovation, and produce innovative development actors and leaders.
In many cities and provinces in Indonesia, we are beginning to see innovative approaches to development, but this is still the exception. The understanding of conditions under which such innovations occur is empirically limited. We need evidence of lessons learned so success in certain areas can be replicated.

Research Support

As an initiative to increase knowledge about how and why such innovation occurs, IRSA and Local Government Innovation are supporting research in this area. The support is in the form of small research grants of Rp. 25,000,000 for any good quality research that potentially can produce new knowledge of local government innovation in Indonesia.

Research topics

Specific research topics can be, but are not limited to, the following:

  • What environments could help to create innovation in the public service in the regions/localities?
  • What are the impacts of innovations in the area of public services delivery in the regions/localities on development outcomes?
  • Have democratization and decentralization produced innovative local/regional development actors, including political leaders, and if so, to what extent?
  • To what extent do political leaders or public figures play a role in the innovation of public services delivery in the regions/localities?
  • To what extent can bureaucracy be transformed to create innovation in public services delivery in the regions/localities?
  • Are there any examples of best practice in the regions/localities related to local government innovations that can be replicated in other areas?

Who can apply?

Indonesian researchers in any science discipline who are willing to present their research findings at the 14th IRSA conference in Surakarta in July 2018.

Timelines

Announcement: 15 January 2018
Deadline of proposal submissions: 28 February 2018
Notification of the winner: 31 March 2018
Presentation of the findings: 23-24 July 2018
Final paper submissions: 31 August 2018

Submission

The proposal needs to be made via the following downloadable form and submitted via email to heriyaldi@fe.unpad.ac.id

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CALL FOR PAPERS – IRSA 2018

The Indonesian Regional Science Association (IRSA) in collaboration with Sebelas Maret University invite scholars, practitioners, and students to submit papers to be presented in the 14th IRSA International Conference. The theme of the conference is Strengthening Regional and Local Economy, and it will be held in Surakarta – also known as Solo, Central Java on 23-24 July 2018.
Potential topics to be discussed in the conference include, but not limited to:
  1. Local business (including MSMEs) development and competitiveness,
  2. Improving the effectiveness of regional growth centres,
  3. Local government innovation, governance and business climate,
  4. Green growth framework for local development,
  5. Regional standard minimum services across Indonesia,
  6. Local infrastructure, basic utilities and city management,
  7. The role of village funds in developing physical and social infrastructure to enhance rural and periphery economy,
  8. Local government budget and its impact on economy growth, human capital development, poverty alleviation and inequality,
  9. Income inequalities and regional disparities,
  10. Decentralization and sustainability,
  11. Trade and regional development,
  12. Macro and financial policies and local development.
Extended paper abstract of about 250-500 words should be submitted online via http://surakarta2018.irsa.or.id/abstract-submission/ by 1 April 2018.
Abstract should consist of background, data and methodology, potential contributions, and keywords. Abstracts must be submitted in English, as also the full paper.
Paper sessions are seminar-style for each paper and ample time for discussion and for participants to provide constructive feedback to authors. Paper presentations will be in English.
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IRSA 2018

The Indonesian Regional Science Association (IRSA) in collaboration with Sebelas Maret University will conduct in the 14th IRSA International Conference. The theme of the conference is Strengthening Regional and Local Economies, and it will be held in Surakarta (also known as Solo), Central Java on 23-⁠24 July 2018. All are welcome to participate.
Visit: http://surakarta2018.irsa.or.id/ for more information

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Call for Papers – IRSA 2017

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Call for Papers
Maritime Infrastructure and Regional Development

The Indonesian Regional Science Association (IRSA) in collaboration with Sam Ratulangi University invites scholars, practitioners and graduate students to submit papers to be presented in the 6th IRSA International Institute. The theme of the conference is Maritime Infrastructure and Regional Development, and it will be held in Manado, North Sulawesi on 17-18 July 2017.

 Potential topics to be discussed in this conference include, but are not limited to:
  • Eastern Indonesia Regional Development
  • Infrastructure Development and Financing Infrastructure Development
  • Logistic and Transportation
  • National and Regional Competitiveness
  • Public Private Partnership
  • Village Fund for Infrastructure

 

  • Political Economy and Governance of Regional Development
  • Financial Inclusion
  • Regional/International Trade, Public Finance, Investment and Inflation
  • Rural Development, Agriculture, Urban Issues, Rural-Urban Migration
  • Other Topics Related to Regional Science or Regional Developmen

 

 
 

Extended paper abstract of about 250-500 words should be submitted online via http://manado2017.irsa-indonesia.org/abstract-submission by 14 April 2017. Abstract should consist of background, data and methodology, potential contribution to knowledge, and keywords. Abstracts must be submitted in English, as also the full paper.

Paper sessions are seminar-style for each paper and ample time for discussion and for participants to provide constructive feedback to authors. Paper presentations will be in English.

Important dates for conference:
□ Abstract submission open
□ Abstract submission due
□ Early bird registration open
□ Abstract acceptance notification:
□ Early bird registration due
□ Full Paper submission due
□ Paper presenter registration due
□ Non presenter registration due
□ Conference date
: Dec 30, 2016
: April 14, 2017
: May 1, 2017
: May 19, 2017
: June 2, 2017
: June 23, 2017
: June 25, 2017
: July 5, 2017
: July 17-18, 2017
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Call for Papers – IRSA 2016

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Call for Papers
Demographic Change and Regional Development

The Indonesian Regional Science Association (IRSA) in collaboration with Brawijaya University invites scholars, practitioners and graduate students to submit papers to be presented in the 13th IRSA International Conference. The theme of the conference is Demographic Change and Regional Development, and it will be held in Malang, East Java, on 25-26 July, 2016.

 Potential topics to be discussed in this conference include, but are not limited to:
  • Demographic Issues: Demographic Dividend, Ageing, Youth, Migration
  • Health, Education and Human Capital
  • Poverty, Inequality and Inter-regional disparities
  • Rural development, Agriculture, Urban Issues, Rural-Urban Migration
  • Regional labour market, human resources development, job creation, social security
  • Public policy, regional and urban planning and regional development
  • Housing, transportation, communication and other regional infrastructures issues
  • Regional/international trade, public finance, investment and inflation
  • Political economy and governance of regional development
  • Bureaucratic Reforms and Corruption

 
Extended paper abstract of about 250-500 words should be submitted online via https://www.conftool.com/irsa2016. Abstract should consist of background, data and methodology, potential contribution to knowledge, and keywords. Abstract should be in English, as also the full paper.
Paper sessions are seminar-style with a discussant for each paper and ample time for discussion and for participants to provide constructive feedback to authors. Paper presentations will be in English.

Important dates for conference:
□ Abstract submission open
□ Abstract submission due
□ Early bird registration open
□ Abstract acceptance notification:
□ Early bird registration due
□ Full Paper submission due
□ Paper presenter registration due
□ Non presenter registration due
□ Conference date
: Dec. 30, 2015
: April 15, 2016
: May 2, 2016
: May 20, 2016
: June 3, 2016
: Jule 24, 2016
: July 13, 2016
: July 13, 2016
: July 25-26, 2016
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Call for Papers – IRSA 2015

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Call for Papers
Tourism and Sustainable Development

The Indonesian Regional Science Association (IRSA) in collaboration with Udayana University invites scholars, practitioners and graduate students to submit papers to be presented in the 5th IRSA International Institute. The theme of the conference is Tourism And Sustainable Development, and it will be held in Denpasar, Bali, on 3-4 August 2015.

 Potential topics to be discussed in this conference include, but are not limited to:
  • Green Tourism and Environmental Issue
  • Destination Management and Marketing
  • Community-Based Tourism
  • Consumer Behavioral in Tourism
  • Business Strategy in Tourism Development
  • Corporate Social Responsibility in Development
  • Role of Accounting in Global Economy
  • Political economy and governance of regional development
  • Public policy, regional and urban planning and regional development
  • Urban, agriculture and rural development
  • Poverty, inequality and inter-regional disparities
  • Housing, transportation and other regional infrastructures issues
  • Regional/international trade, finance and inflation
  • Spatial modelling and simulation
  • Health, education and human capital

 
Extended paper abstract of about 250-500 words should be submitted online via https://www.conftool.com/irsa2015/. Abstract should consist of background, data and methodology, potential contribution to knowledge, and keywords. Abstract should be in English, as also the full paper.
Paper sessions are seminar-style with a discussant for each paper and ample time for discussion and for participants to provide constructive feedback to authors. Paper presentations will be in English.

Important dates for conference:
□ Abstract submission open
□ Abstract submission due
□ Early bird registration open
□ Abstract acceptance notification:
□ Early bird registration due
□ Full Paper submission due
□ Paper presenter registration due
□ Non presenter registration due
□ Conference date
: Dec. 31, 2014
: April 15, 2015
: May 2, 2015
: May 20, 2015
: June 1, 2015
: July 1, 2015
: July 20, 2015
: July 20, 2015
: August 3-4, 2015

The conference will be attended by prominent scholars and experienced practitioners. Our Minister of Tourism, DR. Ir. Arief Yahya M.Sc, will give the opening speech.

Conference Secretariat:
Faculty of Economics and Business, Udayana University
Jalan P.B. Sudirman, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, 80232.
Phone : +62-361-224133  Fax : +62-361-241929
Email: Bali2015@irsa-indonesia.org
Contact Person:
Agoes Ganesha Rahyuda; E-mail: agoesgrahyuda@unud.ac.id
Luh Gede Meydianawathi; E-mail: meydianawathi@unud.ac.id

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10th World Congress of the RSAI, Bangkok

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The Regional Science Association International (RSAI) invites regional scientists, policy makers and researchers of related disciplines to participate in the 10th World Congress. The Congress will be hosted by the Faculty of Architecture and Planning, Thammasat University, Bangkok. It will be held at the Imperial Queen’s Park Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand, May 27-29, 2014 on the theme of Socioeconomic Integration and Transformation: Reshaping Local, Regional, and Global Spaces”

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Thesis Publication Grant – HDCA

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HDCA offer graduate thesis publications that associates with the following topics; • philosophical and ethical foundations; • ethics and development • issues in operationalizing the capability approach; • capability measurement and empirical analysis; • human rights; • sustainability; • participation and public deliberation; • civil society; • health and disability; • education; • economics and human development; • formal and informal institutions & practices; • poverty and inequality; • gender; • values, religion, culture and freedom; • Inclusion& exclusion/discrimination; • justice

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