/ WHO WE ARE


PUSKAPA was established in early 2010 at Universitas Indonesia through a collaboration between the university's Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (FISIP UI), Columbia University, and the Indonesian Ministry of National Development Planning (BAPPENAS). The Center was established to contribute to closing the gaps between knowledge and practice in the field of child protection and wellbeing in Indonesia.

Now PUSKAPA works to help policymakers improve children's access to health, education, justice, and social protection. It pursues its goals through research to generate the scientific evidence that is necessary to formulate durable solutions to the inequities affecting children's wellbeing. In addition to producing world-class research, the Center designs, manages, and evaluates innovative programs around the country, and has become a highly influential advocate for policies that advance the fulfillment of children's rights.
PUSKAPA is also invested in building the capacity of researchers and practitioners in the sector, offering graduate-degree training in child protection, as well as dedicated mentorship, and a range of trainings in research methodology, policy advocacy, and effective communication. Through this integrated approach, PUSKAPA aims to situate children, families, and community wellbeing within the context of key national priorities, including economic growth, social protection, and sustainable development.

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/ OUR PRINCIPLES

PUSKAPA's work are governed by 6 key principles, which are:

  • 1
    Putting children and people with special needs at the center of the work
  • 2
    Our approach is ethical, respectful, and based on the ‘Do No Harm’ principle
  • 3
    We value partnerships and engage our partners actively and openly in all activities
  • 4
    We are committed to supporting and developing national and subnational capacities
  • 5
    We are committed to the widespread dissemination of our research findings and field experiences
  • 6
    We seek to work within the framework of Child Rights, and to have open and transparent relationships with national and local authorities in the environments where we carry out activities

/ OUR PRINCIPLES

PUSKAPA's work are governed by 6 key principles, which are:

  • 1
    Putting children and people with special needs at the center of the work
  • 2
    Our approach is ethical, respectful, and based on the ‘Do No Harm’ principle
  • 3
    We value partnerships and actively involve these partners in any activities
  • 4
    We are committed to supporting and developing national and local capacities
  • 5
    We are committed to widespread dissemination of our research findings and field experiences
  • 6
    We seek to work within the framework of Child Rights, and to have open and transparent relationships with national and local authorities in the environments where we carry out activities

“PUSKAPA has shown that there is no gap between science and reality. Knowledge produced should not be contained in academic space, but should be further applied in practice through mediums such as training and programmatic recommendations to improve the wellbeing of children in Indonesia. PUSKAPA’s holistic approach to problem-solving and its strength in interdisciplinary network and partners at national, regional, and global level has made PUSKAPA one of the most prolific and unique research centers in the field of child protection in Indonesia. Onwards, PUSKAPA!”

Dr. Arie S. Soesilo, M.Sc - the Dean of FISIP Universitas Indonesia


/ WHAT WE DO

PUSKAPA is composed of an inter-disciplinary team of academics and practitioners from Indonesia and abroad.
We pursue our goals through three interrelated set of activities: Research, Policy Advocacy, and Capacity Building.

/ HOW WE DO IT

1
RESEARCH
To generate the scientific evidence that is necessary to formulate durable solutions to the inequities affecting children’s wellbeing.
2
POLICY ADVOCACY
To promote approaches that protect the most vulnerable populations through program design, management, and evaluation, and to elevate the policy dialogue on child wellbeing by engaging with the best scientific evidence.
3
CAPACITY BUILDING
To prepare the next generation of researchers and practitioners through the provision of relevant training, mentoring, and field experience.

/ WHY INVEST IN CHILDREN

Indonesia has institutionalized stronger governments and survived frequent large-scale natural disasters as well as a number of economic crises in recent years. We have achieved lower-middle income status and managed to maintain a steady economic growth rate. Despite the sturdy economy, poverty and access to quality basic services remain the country’s biggest problems.

More than 96 million individuals, almost 25 million of whom are children, are still living in the poorest households. 37% of under-five year-olds are stunted. With close to 113 million people under the age of 25, youth unemployment in Indonesia is one of the highest in the Asia-Pacific region, reaching 18% as of May 2013. Moreover, 70% of the unemployed are between the ages of 15 and 29. Quality of human resources is still low, with 60% of the workforce only having graduated from elementary school, 16% having graduated from junior secondary school, and 19% from senior secondary school. Indonesia’s PISA (Program for International Student Assessment) score is among the lowest in the world, indicating that the education system is going nowhere despite massive investment. Almost half of Indonesian children do not have a birth certificate, and the prevalence of child marriage is still high, at the rate of 25%. More than half of women who were married before they turned 18 live in poverty. It is estimated that every year two to three million women and children in Indonesia experience abuse and/or violence.

This situation means that even though Indonesia had successfully eradicated extreme poverty, we are still facing three main challenges: 1) we have a large number of people who live just above the poverty line and are vulnerable to fall into poverty; 2) children around the country continue to suffer a number of adversities, including high malnutrition and stunting rates, poor child and maternal health, risks of violence and abuse, low access to safe and clean water and sanitation, weak education outcomes, and high youth unemployment; and 3) inequity and regional disparity are rising.

The country requires an effective and well resourced strategy to overcome adversity more than ever. The quality of more than 87 million Indonesian children today will shape Indonesia’s development potential tomorrow. The government should invest in high-quality health, social protection, education, and livelihoods opportunities to pave the way for children’s futures. Investing in children, at the earliest stage possible, therefore, represents a great opportunity for the country’s population to continue on an upward human development trend.


/ ACTIVITIES & IMPACT



/ OUR LEARNING SERIES



  • 08/25/2016 FISIP UI, DEPOK
    Social Protection: Should it only be targeting the poor?
    Dr. Stephen Kidd, PhD
    Dr. Vivi Yulaswati, MSc
  • 06/17/2016 FISIP UI, DEPOK
    Challenges and Opportunities of Implementation on Disabilities Act from the Perspective of Child Protection
    Prof. Irwanto, PhD
    Fajri Nursyamsi, S.H, M.H
  • 12/23/2015 FISIP UI, DEPOK
    International Humanitarian Action: Threats and Challenges in the 21st Century from the Perspective of Child Protection
    Prof. Dr. Joost Herman
  • 05/22/2015 FISIP UI, DEPOK
    Counting and Analyze the deaths to improve the quality of life
    Soewarta Kosen, M.D., M.P.H., Dr.P.H.
  • 04/17/2015 FISIP UI, DEPOK
    Criminal Law Policy Vs Child Protection Policy
    Anggara, SH
  • 03/20/2015 FISIP UI, DEPOK
    Keeping Children and Young People Safe in the Digital Era
    Damar Juniarto
  • 01/16/2015 FISIP UI, DEPOK
    Building An Integrated Service and Referencing System for Children and Families
    Dr. Ir. Harry Hikmat, Msi

/ PUBLICATIONS



/ CHILD PROTECTION GRADUATE PROGRAM



The Department of Criminology at the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Indonesia offers a Master’s of Criminology Specialization for Child Protection for those who seek careers and have the interests in contributing for to child protection policy. The Child Protection Specialization program aims to equip participants with the scientific and practical skills necessary to analyze social systems, and develop child protection research, programs and policy.

Discussion-topics covered include child protection systems and a protective environment protection, social research methods that are relevant and sensitive to the protection of children, as well as knowledge and skills on policies and the implementation of programs. This specialization is intended to prepare future generations who will dedicate themselves to the welfare of children in Indonesia, as well as internationally.


Rahmadi Usman

“The opportunity to continue studying at the graduate level with a specialization in child protection is a great opportunity, and an honor for me. This program would be relevant for anyone concerned with children's issues, anyone wanting to learn, explore and apply knowledge about children's issues to improve the future of Indonesia’s children.”

Rima Ameilia

“The graduate program with a specialization in child protection presents the opportunity for me to follow my passion in children’s issues and to broaden my perspective on the protection of children. Based on my experience, children’s issues, and their relationship with drug abuse, are not often discussed in Indonesian society, which makes me especially excited to start the child protection graduate education. Let’s fight for child protection in Indonesia!”

/ MEET THE TEAM


IRWANTO
Co-Director
SANTI KUSUMANINGRUM
Co-Director
NI MADE MARTINI
Head of Operations
NI LUH PUTU MAITRA AGASTYA
Technical Lead for Social Protection
BAHRUL FUAD
Technical Associate for Disability & Inclusion
CYRIL BENNOUNA
Technical Lead for Research
RAHMADI USMAN
Research Associate
HARRIZ JATI
Research Associate and Knowledge Management
WENNY WANDASARI
Research Assistant
RAMA ADIPUTRA
Research Associate
PUTRI KUSUMA AMANDA
Program Manager & Technical Lead for Access to Justice
CLARA SIAGIAN
Technical Lead for CRVS & Basic Services
FERI SAHPUTRA
Research Assistant
DALIMAYA
Finance Manager
PETTY HANDANI
Logistic & Procurement Officer
YANTI NURHAYATI
Secretary
ANELLA RICHI
Finance Assistant
YULIANTI
Administrative Assistant
MARSHA HABIB
Program & Communication Officer
SANDRA DEWI ARIFIANI
Research Associate
SHAILA TIEKEN
Research Assistant

/ CONTACT US

Gedung FISIP UI Nusantara II Lantai 1,
Jl. Margonda Raya, Depok, Jawa Barat
(021) 78849181