CALL FOR PAPERS
Under the auspices of the National Development Planning Board (BAPPENAS) UNICEF Indonesia and The SMERU Research Institute are seeking for papers' submission for oral presentation.
DEADLINE: October 1, 2010
"Research on Children's Issues in Indonesia"
Jakarta, November 15, 2010
As part of UNICEF support to the Government of Indonesia to develop the lives of children and women, and given the strengthening resource base of GoI, UNICEF is pursuing the development of partnerships for research and policy development of prominent actors that are influential in policy process. This conference on research for children is part of this systematic effort and is expected not only to raise awareness of children and women's rights but also to engage partners and researchers in a long-term constructive policy dialogue with the GoI.
SMERU was established in 2001 as an independent institution for research
and policy studies providing accurate and timely information and
analysis on various socioeconomic and poverty issues considered most
urgent and relevant for the people of Indonesia. It conducts research on
poverty related issues towards improving public policies and their
implementation, and supports inclusive public policy discourse on
poverty and inequality reduction strategies. SMERU also aims at
strengthening the role of civil society in the formulation and
implementation of public policies.
Child issues continue to become the focus of governments, policy makers
and the general public including in the achievement of the Millennium
Development Goals. Recently children's issues have been taken more into
consideration because their well-being and rights are further threatened
by the impact of the current global economic downturn. In addition, the
need to understand the interface between law, policy and practice and
their impacts on children, young people and their families has also
become more pressing not only for the government policymakers but also
for the international organizations and practitioners to formulate
policies and identify action plan.
Policymakers have recognized the importance of valid and rigorous
research and hence the impact of research on good policy practice and
management- including with regards to children's rights and wellbeing.
Better use of research-based evidence in planning and formulating child
programs and policies especially in this decentralization era is
expected to ensure better provision of, among others: child health
services and health promotion including for those who are poor, excluded
and with disadvantages; schooling and education opportunities for all
children, as well as to safe guard child protection measures which can
help save lives and improve the quality of life of children.
The purpose of conducting this conference is to address national and
subnational issues that affect children and to give a higher profile and
identity to issues faced by children in Indonesia. The conference also
aims to discuss the impact of the current global economic crisis on
children and other challenges faced by children irrespective of the
recent crisis and to exchange research findings and evidence-based
policy responses to provide better child-centred policies and solutions
to meet the needs of this most important group in society.
Specific objectives of the Conference are to:
* Gain insights from research and the main findings of existing
studies on child- related issues in Indonesia on: health, nutrition,
education, water and sanitation, child protection, adolescent
development, children and HIV/AIDs, children's participation, and
emerging issues, both globally and Indonesia-specific
* Gain insight on issues pertaining to children most at risk due to
poverty and other factors, as well as to the differential impact of
gender on children's lives.
* Promote interdisciplinary understanding and collaboration in the
design, methodologies in analysing child issues, conduct and
dissemination of research to contribute to the production of new
knowledge and policies concerning the lives and welfare of the children
and young people.
* Consider recommendations for strong public policies, legislations,
programmes, practices and schemes for children with a rights-based
approach, with particular reference to the 1989 UN Convention on the
Rights of the Child.
* Assist Indonesian researchers at all levels-scientists,
professors, post-docs, and students who are seeking publishing
opportunities for their research papers
Contributions are welcome on any topics related to the above issues,
including the following indicative examples but not limited to:
* Health (infant and child health, children's nutrition; global
crisis and food price related impact on children's health, children
vulnerable to HIV/AIDS)
* Education (early childhood development, universal education,
primary and secondary education; child labour and education; child
development perspectives; children's education and social exclusion;
teenage pregnancy and its effect on girls dropping out of or being
expelled from school)
* Water and sanitation (sanitation and children's quality of life;
clean water/potable water; water and sanitation in schools)
* Child protection (justice for children; children protection from
violence, exploitation and abuse; child protection policies and a rights
perspective; child trafficking; migration and child labour; girls
* Children's participation (participation and children's rights,
children's meaningful and ethical participation in research, protection
for children participating in research)
* Emerging issues (policy responses on child-sensitive budgeting;
child poverty in global economic crisis; impact of climate change and
the environment on children; link between child poverty and adolescent
girls' early and forced marriage; adolescent girls' lack of voices in
decision making; effect of single-female-headed household on children)
The conference organizers welcome contributions from researchers,
scholars, practitioners, government officials, child rights advocates,
and other institutions and professionals working in children's issues
from Indonesian and international organizations.
Participants of the conference are researchers, practitioners,
representatives from government, national and international
organizations, NGOs, CSOs, and interested agencies.
* Papers should have a maximum length of 15-20 pages in A4 paper, single spaced, Times New Roman, 12pt font.
* Abstract (100-150 words)
* Filled in Proposal Submission Form (see: Attachment) to be sent along with the submitted paper.
* Papers in Bahasa or English
* Papers should be sent via email as Word attachment to
An email acknowledging receipt of the paper will be sent within 72 hours of submission.
Full papers and abstracts must be submitted for peer review by October
1, 2010. Submissions received after the deadline will not be considered
unless an extension has been granted previously by the committee chairs.
Where employer or government authorization is needed, the author should
obtain such authorization prior to submitting the final manuscript,
when chosen for publication.
Each paper should be based on sound analysis of empirical
evidence/research findings, and should include policy recommendations.
All papers will be peer-reviewed by a committee. The best final papers
will be presented by their authors during the conference.
The best final paper(s) will be published in a special edition of the
SMERU newsletter. UNICEF also has the possibility to have the winning
paper to be published in an international research publication.
Papers accepted until October 1, 2010
Announcement of selected papers: October 20, 2010
Presentation of selected papers : November 15, 2010
FOR MORE INFORMATION and to submit proposal, please contact Mukti
Mulyana at Ph: +62-21-3193 6336/Fax: +62-21-3193 0850, or
Please fill in the attached Proposal Submission Form.