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Activity Report Asia Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health (APACPH)

Colombo, Sri Lanka 15-17 October 2012


Health is a must-have for every person to be able to live life well. By having a healthy people would be able to live productive and efficient. Conversely, without healthy people would not be able to live their lives properly let alone make ends meet him and his family. There is a consensus with countries in the world to measure the health of a nation by using the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as an indicator of well-being of a nation. There are many aspects of the MDGs target, ranging from education, health, equality, to the environment and cooperation among nations. The target is to accelerate the realization of a healthy and productive society to prosper well. Unfortunately, up to 10 years MDGs are used, there are still many countries that have not been able to reach its target, in particular the State Asia Pacific including Indonesia.

WRI did a comparative study to Korea in an effort to gather information and review organization works in general and, more specifically, to learn about knowledge management. Supported by the regional working network of the Asia Foundation, the comparative study was relevant and able to serve as a forum to share lesson learnt to manage knowledge resources optimally between two countries with different political, bureaucratic, social, cultural and historical backgrounds. This study took place on 6 to 11 March 2011, and represented by WRI’s Executive Director Sita Aripurnami, Research Director Edriana Noerdin and Senior Advisor Myra Diarsi.

Debbie Budlender and Rhonda Sharp are among the pioneers in research on the importance of gender issues in drawing up a budget. She has developed a number of papers that carry the issues, including a paper entitled How to do a Gender-Sensitive Budget Analysis: Contemporary Research and Practice she wrote together with Rhonda Sharp and Kerri Allen. The paper was published by Australian Agency for International Development; Commonwealth Secretariat, Canberra in 1998. Her own writings are including Budgeting to Fulfil International Gender and Human Rights Commitments, that was published by the United Nations Development Fund for Women in 2004 and Gender Responsive Budgeting: Manual for Trainers, that was published by United Nations Development Programme in 2004.

Contemporary Trends in Asia: Decentralisation, Gender and Sexuality, and Popular Culture


The aim of this symposium is to look in a new way at the contemporary issues affecting Asia and its peoples. Rapid and ongoing political, economic and social change in the Asian region shapes interactions between and within states, and influences the dynamics of the everyday life. The benefits and consequences of this change are unevenly distributed among communities across the region.

Rhonda Sharp is a Professor in economics from Australia. Rhonda Sharp and Debbie Budlender are pioneers in research on the importance of gender issues in drawing up a budget. Her paper How to do a Gender-Sensitive Budget Analysis: Contemporary Research and Practice was written together with Debbie Budlender and Kerri Allen, and published by Australian Agency for International Development; Commonwealth Secretariat, Canberra, 1998.

In the effort to support public policy researches, strengthen Civil Society Organization (CSO) members-based advocacy, and ensure that the legislative process to be more effective, transparent and representative of the citizens' interests, the Representation Program facilitates beneficiaries of its funds to establish a network of public policy research organizations (Policy Research Network/PRN). PRN consists of five Research Institutes, namely LPEM (The Institute for Economic and Social Research – Faculty of Economics, University of Indonesia), PPPI (Paramadina Public Policy Institute – Paramadina University), WRI (Women Research Institute), IRE (Institute for Research and Empowerment), and CSIS (Centre for Strategic and International Studies).  

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