Celebrating 50 years of ANU Indonesia Project

In late July 2015, ANU Indonesia Project hosted a number of events to celebrate its 50 years. These events were an opportunity to reflect on the achievements of ANU Indonesia Project and to acknowledge the invaluable support the Project has received from its many friends and benefactors over the years. The events included:

  • Special Indonesia Study Group Seminar by Dr Mari Pangestu
  • Public Lecture by Dr Muhamad Chatib Basri
  • ANU Indonesia Project 50th Anniversary Book Launch

The book Australia's Indonesia Project: 50 Years of Engagement is available for purchase from Indonesia Project's office ANU for $10. Please email indonesia.project@anu.edu.au for more information.

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About the Indonesia Project

ANU Indonesia Project is a leading international centre of research and graduate training on the society and economy of Indonesia. For over 50 years it has been at the forefront of Indonesian studies in Australia and worldwide.

The Project was established in 1965 by H.W. Arndt in response to profound changes in the Indonesian economic and political landscape. Initially comprising a small group of Indonesia-focused economists, it has since grown into an interdisciplinary research centre. Researching economic change is still at its heart, but the Project now brings together academics, students, policymakers and leaders from a range of disciplines and countries to discuss the multitude of issues in Indonesia’s growth and development.

The Project has helped build greater understanding between Indonesia and Australia and fostered important relations between Indonesian and Australian scholars, students and policymakers.


The Indonesia Project aims to influence the creation of stronger, research-based public policies in Indonesia—especially in the areas of economic development, human capital, regional development, poverty, governance, environment and social development—by producing and disseminating quality research, conducting public dialogue, building institutional capacity and establishing institutional networks.



The Indonesia Project is housed in the Arndt–Corden Department of Economics, a key ANU centre for applied research on economic development in Asia and the Pacific. The department is part of ANU Crawford School of Public Policy, Australia’s premier institution for interdisciplinary research on public policy in the region.

The Project holds activities in both Australia and Indonesia. 


The Indonesia Project obtains its core funding from The Australian National University. Since 1980, it has also received an annual grant from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Most recently this has been through the Australian Aid Program.

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