For more than 25 years, RTI has provided technical assistance to numerous clients and communities throughout Indonesia. Our demand-driven, community-focused strategy emphasizes transparency and public participation, and capacity building for sustainability. Our programs encourage local ownership and public-private commitment to local development and service delivery. We engage national and local governments, civil society, and the public and private sectors to improve the policy environment and increase citizen participation in decision-making processes.
RTI's corporate office in Jakarta helps to ensure quality project management, respond rapidly to client demands, build and maintain local partnerships, and identify public-private partnerships (PPPs) for sustainable development.
David Spiro serves as the RTI Indonesia office director, supporting the development and management of RTI's programs in the country, linking activities and communication back to our home office, and supporting business development activities.
- Civil society strengthening
- Decentralization and policy reform
- Legislative strengthening
- Public management and finance
- Economic development
- Environmental management
- Health and HIV/AIDS
- Information and communication technology
- Monitoring and evaluation
- Business development
As part of our approach to sustainable and effective international development, RTI works with, and helps strengthen, a variety of local partners to implement assistance projects through the transfer of knowledge and applicable tools.
We work closely with local institutions and professionals to build on and build up existing strengths rather than import foreign models. At the same time, our worldwide experience enables us to facilitate the exchange of best practices and provide tailored research, tools and trainings for our local partners. We work to include them in every part of the project process, gradually building their skills to manage more activities as the project progresses.
For example, in Indonesia, after completing a USAID local governance assistance project, RTI supported the service providers and former staff of the project to establish a Center for Legislative Strengthening—an independent research and consultancy organization that now supports local councils in their regional development and good governance activities
We have also launched an Indonesia Research Initiative, connecting US-based RTI researchers with researchers in two Indonesian organizations—SurveyMETER and the Gadjah Mada University's Center for Health Services Management—to foster mutual capacity development and greater visibility for RTI's research capabilities in Indonesia.
Some of our core Indonesian partners and collaborators include:
Universitas Gajah Madah
- Faculty of Social and Political Science
- Center for Health Service Management
- Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB)
- SMERU Research Institute
- Prioritizing Reform, Innovation, Opportunities for Reaching Indonesia's Teachers, Administrators, and Students Project (PRIORITAS), USAID (2012–2017)
- Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases: Envision, USAID (2011–2016)
- Expanding Maternal and Neonatal Survival (EMAS), USAID/Jhpiego (2011–2016)
- Kinerja Local Governance Service Improvement Program in Indonesia, USAID (2010–2015)
- Scaling Up for Most-At-Risk Populations: Organizational Performance (SUM II), USAID/Training Resources Group (TRG)/ (2010–2015)
Recent Past Projects
- Improved Quality of Decentralized Basic Education Program: More Effective Decentralized Education Management and Governance (DBE1), USAID (2005-2011)
- Improved Quality of Teaching and Learning, USAID/Education Development Center, Inc. (2005-2011)
- Indonesia Community-Based Sanitation Initiative, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Taiwan (2010)
- Democratic Reform Support Program (DRSP), USAID (2005-2010)
- RTI Indonesia Office (brochure)
- Experience in Asia (brochure)
- RTI Projects in Asia (webpage)
- Implementing School-Based Management in Indonesia (paper)
- Civil Society Organizations and Democratic Reform: Progress, Capacities, and Challenges in Indonesia (paper)