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


  • 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


  • Gender

The country strategy process

The country strategy identification process for Indonesia started in 2015 but was postponed and reactivated in April 2016. A desk study, whereby all activities of Flemish academics in Indonesia were mapped out, resulted in a Indonesia Fact Sheet. This fact sheet tends to provide an overall overview on the socio-political situation of the country with particular attention for the higher education institutes and the main development aid actors.


On 21 June 2016, VLIR-UOS shared experiences of Flemish academic and Belgian stakeholders in (university) cooperation with Indonesia and mapped their interest in cooperation in a number of key development themes for the country during a North Seminar. This will form the basis for a country strategy as a strategic niche between development needs/higher education needs and the offer (expertise/interest) of academics of Flemish universities and institutes for higher education. The presentations are available here.


A new element in the country strategy identification since this exercise is the explicit link which is made with the process of joint strategic frameworks developed by Belgian non state actors. The goal of this exercise is to strive for more synergy and complementary between Belgian actors in a specific country. As such, this brings in a new element in the strategic niche for cooperation: demand, offer and synergies/complementarities. 


The outcome of the consultation seminar will form the basis for the elaboration of a policy document for cooperation with Indonesia. The final country strategy document for cooperation with Indonesia is to be finalised at the lastest by Mid-September 2016.

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 syngergy.
  • 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.


Inge Vandevyvere

Programme Officer South

[t] + 32 2 550 19 67