06.02.2014 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

Indonesian Funds-in-Trust (IFIT) Inception Workshop, held in Jakarta, Indonesia, 30 January 2014

The Indonesian Funds-in-Trust (IFIT) Inception Workshop was co-organized with the Indonesian National Commission for UNESCO and funded by the Indonesian Government through its Indonesian Funds-in-Trust (UNESCO-IFIT). The workshop was held in Grand Kemang Hotel, Jakarta on 30 January 2014.

The workshop was held as an activity to officially launch the projects under an agreement concluded between UNESCO and the Government of Indonesia for supporting UNESCO’s project in the field of Education, Sciences, Culture and Communication. The projects that have been approved under the framework of Indonesian Funds-in-Trust (IFIT) are: 1) A Sustainable Future: Supporting Indonesia’s Strategies to Address the Social Implications of Climate Change; 2) Old City, New Vision: First phase project for the revitalisation of Kota Tua, Jakarta through sustainable tourism and heritage conservation; 3) Global Forum: The Role of Media in the Future We want for All; 4) Ecological and Eco-hydrological Solutions for Sustainable Management in Indonesia and Asia Pacific Region; 5) Building a Resilient Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra for Climate Change Mitigation and Biodiversity Conservation; 6) Promoting Adiwiyata Green Schools and Empowering Low Income Communities for the Sustainable Future of Indonesia; 7) Building Model for Disaster Resilient City in Indonesia: Tsunami Hazard, and 8) Development of Indonesian Islamic and Culture Centre in Afghanistan (provisional title: Promoting Intercultural Dialogue through the Development of a Culture Centre in Afghanistan and Museum Capacity Building).

The objective of the workshop was to discuss and finalize important points of the projects such as activities, timeline, with the project teams and the Indonesian government’s partners. The workshop was attended by 70 participants representing Indonesian ministries and agencies, Indonesia National Commission for UNESCO, and UNESCO staff. 

The workshop was divided into two sessions i.e., a) overview of Indonesia UNESCO Country Programming Document (IUCPD) and b) project group discussions and presentations. Mr. Hubert Gijzen, Director and Representative of the UNESCO Office Jakarta, expressed his gratitude to all participants of the workshop. Mr. Gijzen also conveyed his highest appreciation to all parties and Indonesia National Commission for continuous support in all UNESCO activities and especially in establishing the Indonesian Funds-in-Trust. Mr. Arief Rachman, Executive Chairperson Indonesian National Commission for UNESCO, expressed the appreciation and was very grateful to UNESCO Office Jakarta for a good coordination and cooperation. Mr. Rachman expected fruitful discussion during the workshop and re-emphasized the aim of workshop which is very important for the implementation term of the IFIT projects. 

In the first session, Mr. Gijzen presented the current situation and how to move forward to implement the IFIT projects. Mr. Gijzen also explained the strategy of UNESCO Office Jakarta for improved delivery, impact and visibility, which could be attained through better planning, improve programme effectiveness, and strengthening networks and partnerships such as with governments, national commission, regional bodies, and centers and institutes. Following Mr. Gijzen’s presentation, Mr. Charaf Ahmimed, Programme Specialist for SHS and CI Unit of UNESCO Jakarta, presented the IUCPD for 2014-2017. Some important inputs were received during the session and they will be useful to finalize the IUCPD. 

In the second session, each project team and partners gathered together to discuss and come up with sufficient information on how IFIT projects would deliver the programme strategy and objectives and made contributions at the regional, national and local levels. The specific purposes of project group discussions were 1) to discuss general and specific objectives and the outputs of each project with partners and stakeholders; 2) to agree on detailed activities and revised timeline of the project; 3) to discuss and finalize division of labour and working modalities of the project with the partners/stakeholders; and 4) to discuss about ways to maximize impact, effectiveness and visibility in project implementation.

The workshop concluded with the presentations from the team and partners of 8 proposals. The presentation highlighted and updated the detail activities, implementation strategy, expected outputs, partners/stakeholders and beneficiaries, budget, and timeline of the projects. Following this workshop, UNESCO in the field of Education, Sciences, Culture and Communication will work closely Indonesian government bodies and other partners to bring the best effort to implement the projects. The projects are expected to commence in February 2014 of maximum 24 months of IFIT projects timeframe.

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