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Presiden Jokowi: Inauguration Day As It Happened

Indonesia welcomed its seventh President to Istana Merdeka yesterday, on an inauguration day that was part ceremony, part street party, and full of colour and excitement.

This morning, we’ve picked out some of the most interesting stories and themes from social media over the last 24 hours.

Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, and AAP’s Gabrielle Dunlevy kicked things off with atmospheric photos of Jakarta at dawn.

The Papers 

The Jakarta Globe took a measured tone to the big day

While Kompas reflected on the grassroots movement which lifted Jokowi to the Presidency.

  Anticipation Building  

The free food on offer attracted attention early on.

Local media stuck to the big issues   

Meanwhile the now Vice-President, Jusuf Kalla was busy getting ready. How cute!  

Before heading over to the DPR for the swearing in ceremony, Jokowi fronted the press with his family. Indonesia’s new first lady Iriana has so far taken a more low-key approach than her predecessor, Ani Yudhoyono.


 The Ceremony Begins

Former President Habibie sitting next to Megawati, who made an appearance at an inauguration ceremony for the first time since losing office in 2004 — it’s a touchy subject.

Secretary of State John Kerry represented the United States at the ceremony.

…but he wasn’t the only foreign dignitary in attendance — Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Singapore’s Lee Hsien Loong, Malaysia’s Najib Razak and the Sultan of Brunei also attended.

 Here we go!

Jokowi’s Inauguration Speech

Water was one of the major themes of Jokowi’s address.


Watch the speech in full:

The market liked what it saw, too:


It was a diverse crowd:

All up, the journey from the MPR to Monas took two hours.

Celebrations went on late into the night:

In between meetings with foreign leaders, Jokowi made an appearance on the stage at Monas:

All up, celebrations ran well past midnight:

This morning, it’s back to business as usual in Australia.

This morning’s papers

A quick sampling of commentary from this morning’s papers in Australia, Indonesia and overseas:

AIYA Links, 17 October: Selamat Jalan, SBY


From SBY to Jokowi

Events and opportunities

  • Canberra, tomorrow, 11:00—17:00: the Indonesian Embassy will host its annual Festival Indonesia open day. Best sate ayam in town!
  • At the AIYA Job Board: two great opportunities at the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre in administration and communications.

AIYA Links: 10 October


Work with us

AIYA is on a roll, with the recent launch of our Yogyakarta chapter, the success of the second CAUSINDY conference, and many more great events around Australia. That’s why we’re looking for two new volunteers to assist with managing the AIYA Blog and AIYA’s social media accounts. Check out the details here!

In the news

On the blog

Jobs and events

AIYA Yogyakarta volunteer program

The AIYA Yogyakarta team are excited to announce the first positions in their volunteer program! These roles are ideally suited to Australians spending time in Yogya, and are based at NGOs in the surrounding area.

There are currently four positions available:

  • English language tutor at QuakeFund
  • English Editor at the Centre for World Trade Studies
  • Fundraiser and English Mentor at Saujana
  • Social Media and Website Marketer at UCP – Roda Untuk Humanity

To apply for any of the positions below, contact yogyakarta@aiya.org.au with a copy of your CV and a cover letter explaining why you are interested in the position. Applications close on the 17th of October, 2014.

English language tutor at QuakeFund

QuakeFund is seeking an Australian volunteer based in Tembi, Yogyakarta, to assist them on a regular basis with part-time English language coaching.

The students will have the opportunity to experience life and people in a typical super-friendly Javanese rural village.

The students will generally be Beginner Level 1 and Beginner Level 2 standard and will probably be divided into groups at of different ages:

  • children (from nearby Tembi village)
  • adults (builders, gardeners, hospitality staff)

The vocabulary and conversations will be student-centred, ie about the people and things they encounter in their daily lives. Teaching or training qualifications are desirable, but not essential.

The tutor will usually be assisted by an Indonesian translator during the classes.

For more information about this role, download the position description.

English Editor at the Centre for World Trade Studies

The Centre for World Trade Studies is seeking an Australian volunteer based in Yogyakarta to assist them on a regular basis with editing English journals, web-content and PowerPoint presentations. The role may also involve occasional English language coaching.

The volunteer will have the opportunity to further their knowledge of Indonesian trade practices as well as network with staff from the CWTS and potentially the Ministry of Trade.

For more information about this role, download the position description.

Fundraiser and English Mentor at Saujana

Saujana’s mission is to connect disadvantaged people by providing them with the creative skills they need to become players in the global media revolution and to act for positive social and environmental changes.

As an emerging NGO, Saujana is seeking a volunteer to assist them on a regular basis with several tasks listed below:

  1. Developing fundraising strategies, including identifying potential partners and donors for Saujana projects as well as creating its database;
  2. Raising funds based on developed strategy;
  3. Conducting research on project-related subjects;
  4. Translating documentation including project proposals, newsletters, website content, videos, and presentations
  5. English coaching for staff and local partners.

For more information, download the position description. Saujana have also provided a profile with more information about their organisation.

Social Media and Website Marketer at UCP – Roda Untuk Humanity

UCPRUK is seeking an Australian volunteer located in Yogyakarta to assist with updating our social media and implementing a social media strategy as part of UCPRUK’s Strategic Marketing Plan. Tasks will include advising on our web presence, production of content and introduction of analytics.

For more information, download the position description.

Work with the AIYA communications team

AIYA’s communications team is expanding, and we’re looking for candidates to fill two new volunteer positions! If you’re a young person with an interest in the Australia-Indonesian relationship and experience in journalism, marketing or social media, we’d like to year from you.

Since 2012, AIYA has been expanding rapidly, with chapters in every Australian state and territory, as well as Jakarta, Yogyakarta, and more to be announced.

To help support the growth of AIYA’s blog, social media channels and website, we’re looking for two talented volunteers to help us connect, inform and inspire our audiences.

Blog Editor

Working with our Director of Communications, you’ll be responsible for planning and developing content for the AIYA blog — with a focus on day-to-day tasks like editing, working with our authors, and scheduling posts for distribution.

Since it launched in early 2013, AIYA’s blog has provided a platform for young people to share their views on the bilateral relationship — from history and politics to film and book reviews. Ideally, you’ll have a bachelor’s degree (completed or underway), strong English and Indonesian skills, and a background in writing or journalism.

For more information about the Blog Editor role, download its position description.

Communications Officer

The Communications Officer role will be responsible for working with the rest of the communications team to manage and update AIYA’s social media channels (in particular Facebook and Twitter), post updates to the AIYA jobs board, and coordination with AIYA chapters.

AIYA’s social media presence now reaches more than 6,000 followers across Facebook, Twitter and our mailing list. In this role, we’re looking for a volunteer with experience in social media, communications or marketing. Ideally, you’ll be an active Twitter user yourself and familiar with tools like WordPress and some basic HTML.

Find out more about the Communications Officer role in its job description.

Applying for these positions

Both roles are open to young people from Australia or Indonesia who meet the selection criteria outlined. If you’re interested in the position, or not sure if you fit the bill, we suggest you get in touch with us anyway — we’d be happy to discuss other ways we could work together.

To submit your application, please contact communications@aiya.org.au with a basic overview of your background, experience, and interests and your CV. A formal cover letter isn’t necessary.

Applications will close at 5pm on Friday, the 17th of October.

About us

The Australia-Indonesia Youth Association is a non-government, youth-led organisation that aims to better connect young people in Australia and Indonesia to each other and to Indonesia- related opportunities. AIYA’s objectives are threefold:

  • connecting young Australians and Indonesians to each other, and to opportunities to develop careers on or in Indonesia;
  • informing young people about avenues for engaging with Indonesia and Australia;
  • inspiring business, governments and other organisations to facilitate youth engagement between Australia and Indonesia.

Vacancies at the Australian Embassy, Jakarta

A number of positions have become open at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta ideally suited to early-mid career professionals in the development sector. Not all require fluency in Indonesian.

The positions include:

  • Senior Program Manager – Scholarships and Volunteering
  • Senior Program Manager – Tertiary Education

Applications for both roles close on the 16th of October, 2014. For more information, and to apply, visit the Australian Embassy’s website.

Introducing the 2014 AIYA Survey

It is a great pleasure to introduce the 2014 AIYA members survey, which this year had its highest response rate ever, attracting close to 500 people.

Each year AIYA conducts a survey to get our members’ views both about how AIYA is operating and about key policy issues impacting young people involved in the Australia – Indonesia relationship. This report focuses largely on the latter, providing a synopsis of our membership but focusing largely on the views of those members on matters of public policy.

Download a copy of the survey report

Young people are a large, and often unrepresented group, who play a significant role in the Australia Indonesia relationship in cultural exchange, business and, importantly, education. The way that Indonesia’s 120 million or so people under 30 years old view Australia will have a marked impact on the way that our two countries relate.

Similarly, if current Australian political and economic thinking about an Australia more integrated with Asia is to be realised, the way that young Australians currently relate with Indonesia, and the barriers they face with engagement with that country, is of central importance.

The hard working and highly skilled AIYA team carrying out this survey (Samuel Bashfield, Tim Graham, Stefano Sibarani, Michael Tarn, and Chris Urbanski) have spent hours of volunteer time pulling this report together in the hope that it will be used by governments, universities, not-for profits and other organisations which deal with young Australians and Indonesians.

We hope that the results can be used to shape government policies and improve services to help create settings in which the bilateral relationship – particularly at a youth level – can flourish.

Book review: Indonesia Etc

Journalist, epidemiologist and Indonesianist Elizabeth Pisani has been in Australia this week to promote her new book Indonesia Etc. AIYA NSW’s Iona Main had an opportunity to speak with her, and shares some thoughts on the book.


Pisani has also had an appearance on Q&A as well as presenting a talk at Sydney’s Festival of Dangerous Ideas, on the topic of ‘Corruption Makes the World Go Round’. Members of AIYA NSW were excited to be invited to lunch with her the day before her FODI talk, thanks to Mark Carnegie, a keen supporter of Australia-Indonesia relations. We had a chance to chat to her about her experiences with Indonesia, and particularly her book.

Indonesia Etc. is part travel journal, part analysis of the various things that have united and divided Indonesia, and a study of the quirks that make the country the fascinating place it is today. Through her adventures from Aceh to the remotest corners of Maluku and to many places in between, Pisani gathered ideas of what it is to be ‘orang Indonesia’. In a nation where the differences between islands and ethnic groups often seem more apparent than the similarities, she finds considerable cause for hope and regards Indonesia as a captivating work in progress.

With the benefit of having seen the country through the lenses of working as a journalist, an HIV/AIDS researcher and most recently as a traveller, her insights on Indonesia are all the richer and touch on a wide range of topics. She doesn’t shy away from looking at the issues of HIV infection, deforestation and pervasive corruption, among others. Any reader will enjoy Pisani’s entertaining anecdotes of her shoestring travels, many of which will only be believed by those who have travelled in Indonesia themselves! Pisani also does an incredible job of weaving the fascinating history of the archipelago into her observations on Indonesian society.

While Pisani herself declared her views on corruption to be far from ‘dangerous’, in her Festival of Dangerous Ideas talk she shed fresh light on the issue and urged the audience to think twice about what corruption really means. She differentiated between ‘extractive’ corruption (of the graft variety familiar to NSW’s developers and Indonesia’s judiciary) and ‘distributive’ corruption, which in Indonesia is founded in the cultural expectation of looking after your ‘keluarga besar’. While few would argue that extractive corruption is acceptable, Pisani argues that distributive variety is a matter of interpretation, and what Indonesians may regard as patronage may well be seen as downright corrupt in Australia. Advocating for neither side, Pisani instead encourages her audience to appreciate that corruption is not black and white, and that more nuanced thinking on the topic would go a long way.

Pisani’s book is a very rewarding read for those of us who have a particular affinity with Indonesia. For newbies, this is a one-stop-shop on everything weird and wonderful about Indonesia. Pisani’s personal story is an inspiration to young professionals and students who seek to gain a richer and deeper understanding of Indonesia and involve Indonesia in their careers.

AIYA NSW thanks Mark Carnegie for the opportunity to meet Elizabeth Pisani. Her book is available now at major bookstores and online.

AIYA Links, 3 October: Political Battlelines


In the news


AIYA Links, 26/9: Welcoming AIYA Yogya

AIYA Yogya Launch

  • We’re delighted to announce that AIYA’s Yogyakarta Chapter will be officially launched on 29 September. Come along to the welcome Networking Evening at the UGM Food Park on Monday—see the Facebook event for full details.

In the news


  • Canberra, until 15 October: fine portraits from the Galeri Nasional Indonesia will be on show at the National Portrait Gallery. See here for more details.