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Innovation policymakers today control huge budgets and are tasked with tackling challenges as important as climate change. Having a deep understanding of their world is essential if governments are to support policymakers effectively in executing their role.

Through the Global Innovation Policy Accelerator programme, we seek to have a deep understanding of the world of innovation policymakers, their context, needs, challenges, and activities, so that we can help them develop innovation policies that match society’s ambitions.

We’ve been working with policymakers across Latin America, India, South East Asia and Brazil, with Egypt, Kenya, Jordan, Turkey and South Africa soon to join our network. Through our work, we’ve learned a lot about the innovation policy systems in these countries and we’ll be publishing country reports about all of them. Our previous report was on India, here we present our findings on Indonesia.

In these reports we highlight what we’ve learned about the challenges and needs of innovation policymakers working in these systems, most of which we’ve learnt through thorough direct conversations with innovation policymakers working in these same systems.

Here, we provide a synthesis of a more detailed report on Indonesia that you can download in full. It is the culmination of many conversations and interviews with different actors in the Indonesian innovation system. These discussions involved innovation policymakers across government departments.

This article has quotes from those conversations that we have kept anonymous. We'd like to thank everyone who contributed to the insights that follow.

Authors

Nathan Kably

Nathan Kably

Nathan Kably

Learning Services Coordinator, International Innovation

Nathan is the Learning Services Coordinator for the Global Innovation Policy Accelerator

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Juan Casasbuenas

Juan Casasbuenas

Juan Casasbuenas

Curriculum and Content Manager

Juan is a Curriculum and Content Manager supporting the Digital Frontrunners and Global Innovation Policy Accelerator programmes.

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Florence Engasser

Florence Engasser

Florence Engasser

Senior Researcher, International Innovation

Florence is a senior researcher within Nesta’s International Innovation team, which examines global trends and practices in innovation, with an emphasis on emerging economies.

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Anna Schlimm

Anna Schlimm

Anna Schlimm

Learning Experience Designer, Global Innovation Policy Accelerator

Anna is a Learning Experience Designer for the Global Innovation Policy Accelerator.

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