Partnership for Australia-Indonesia Research (PAIR)

Bringing together education, government, businesses, and civil society groups to integrate evidence into policy decisions

  • Partnering with Indonesian Government

    Supporting the Indonesian Government’s strategic plans to deliver a trans-Sulawesi railway network in Eastern Indonesia. The railway is set to transform communities, spur the economy, enhance production, and boost trade.

  • 9 million people

    South Sulawesi is home to almost 9 million people, and 2.25 million people aged 16 - 30 years.

  • $12 million invested

    Both the Indonesian and Australian governments invested $6 million into PAIR

  • Growing networks for impact

    PAIR has built a interdisciplinary network of 320 researchers across 44 projects, involving more than 150 organisations across government, industry, education, and communities.

Despite millions of dollars being spent on improving transportation in Indonesia, local communities remain disadvantaged with the lack of access to knowledge, skills and resources needed to take advantage of new connectivity opportunities to enterprise.

The Partnership for Australia-Indonesia Research [link] is a bilateral research consortium supported by Australian and Indonesian governments, universities and industry. Since its inception in 2014 (when established as the Australia-Indonesia Centre), PAIR has worked to advance the people-to-people and institutional connections between the two nations in science, technology, education, innovation and culture.

PAIR works to grasp the challenges and seek opportunities as Indonesia faces rapid physical and economic development. PAIR has a particular focus on empowering young people between ages 16 to 30 (Indonesia’s largest demographic group) and marginalised communities in identifying sustainable solutions for connectivity and commodities. The new railway line connecting the two major port cities of Makassar and Parepare is currently under development. PAIR seeks to contribute to sustainable development priorities through evidence-based decision making.

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