Indonesia is one of the 20 partner countries of VLIR-UOS. From 2003 to 2016 VLIR-UOS budgeted € 3.268.669 for cooperation programmes with Indonesia.


Indonesia is also one of the 31 scholarship countries of VLIR-UOS. Nationals can apply for a scholarship to follow a training or Master programme at a Flemish university or university college.

Facts and figures


Total budget Indonesia 2003-2016 (in €)



Individual scholars





A country strategy for Indonesia

The Country Strategy for Indonesia identifies the following main themese for all future interventions in the cooperation with Indonesia:


  1. Environment: maritime sciences, natural disaster management, natural resources management (including textile), disaster mitigation, climate change, sustainable tourism, conservation, geographical hazards
  2. Government/civil society: interreligious dialogue and religion-based conflicts, decentralisation, urban and rural development, conflict and development, basic infrastructure, good governance, democratization, educational research (quality, equity, e-learning), sustainable development
  3. Food security and agriculture: sustainable agriculture; aquaculture, fishery, food patterns


Special attention should go to cross-cutting and supporting issues for all activities in Indonesia


  • Gender
  • Related to the domain of higher education, research and innovation:
      • Scientific thinking
      • Academic English
      • Multidisciplinary research
      • Community based research
      • Statistics and data management
      • Proposal writing
      • Promotion of innovation
      • Digitalisation of archives


More information on the VLIR-UOS country strategy process for Indonesia.

Background documents

VLIR-UOS compiled documents are work in progress, and your feedback in terms of their completion and/or improvement is much appreciated.


  • The Indonesia Fact Sheet is a draft summary on the general status of the country with specific attention for the development aid actors as well as the sector of higher education.
  • Joint Context Analysis (JCA) of Indonesia. This document aims at an analysis of the context in Indonesia and of the opportunities to collaborate for the non-governmental actors of the Belgian Development Cooperation from 2017 until 2026. It should primarily be seen as an opportunity to identify possible ways of cooperation, complementarity and synergy.
  • Joint Strategic Framework (JSF) of Indonesia. This document presents different joint strategic goals which the non-governmental actors have put forward, based on the JCA Indonesia. Each goal is specified into different approaches, which reflects the contributions of different actors to the joint strategic goal. An elaboration on the development relevance of every goal is also included. The last chapter elaborates commitments for synergy and complementarity between Belgian actors, related to the presented goals and approaches. Special attention is given to the transversal themes gender and environment.
  • Linking the JSF with the VLIR-UOS country strategy. This document provides a general overview of relevant information from the Joint Strategic Framework for each thematic area of the VLIR-UOS country strategy. The Joint Strategic Goal relevant for each theme is listed, together with the Belgian non-governmental actors which are (or will be) active with funding of the Belgian development cooperation in the 2017-2021 period. By providing this list, VLIR-UOS wants to promote synergy and/or complementarity with programmes of other Belgian actors. 


Inge Vandevyvere

Programme Officer South

[t] + 32 2 550 19 67






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