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Development Studies Professional Practicum (DSPP)
Jakarta short course
The DSPP is organised as a six-week study program, undertaken in Jakarta at the end of the Australian academic calendar year, during January and February. It is open to students of development studies and other related areas. The program is designed to provide participants, who may not necessarily have Indonesian-language skills or experience in Indonesia, with the opportunity to engage in the Indonesian development sector in Indonesia.
The DSPP provides an opportunity for students to gain valuable experience working in the field of international development while at the same time learning about development issues in a country that is central to global efforts to reduce poverty and promote sustainable development. Unlike the semester long DSIP program, the Jakarta DSPP is designed as an intensive 6 week course to allow students to gain knowledge in the development studies area.
There will be a maximum of 30 participants accepted on to the DSPP program each year, and there will be two rounds of applications:
Those applicants needing to carefully plan in advance their university study program should apply in the first round of applications by 1 July. If there are not sufficient places available for all applicants, ACICIS will choose participants on a number of criteria including: academic record, industry experience, life experience, the student's flexibility in choice of placement, the skills that the applicant can bring to the placement, and the general quality of the student's application.
The Indonesian economy has grown strongly in recent decades and has largely recovered from the economic crisis of the late 1990s. Nonetheless a significant proportion of the country’s population still lives below the poverty line. The democratic credentials of the country have also grown remarkably in that past decade, but the pace of political reform continues to outstrip that of basic service provision in a country of 230 million people. Efforts to sustaining economic growth and accompanying processes of political reform have put renewed pressure on Indonesia’s natural resources and put the country at the centre of current climate debates. In short, the country faces a variety of important development challenges that demand the attention of various actors in the development sector.
The DSPP offers an opportunity for students to engage with these issues while also developing important practical skills related to advocacy, public relations, administration, research and policy-making in the development sector.
Dr Emily Rowe was the DSPP Project Officer in 2013. She is an ACICIS alumnus who completed an immersion semester in 1998, studying archaeology. Since 2001 Dr Rowe has been living and working in Indonesia, including a large period of time in Yogyakarta which was the focus for her PhD in Health Anthropology on HIV/AIDS and its meaning and impact for urban Javanese women. During this time she also worked in the public health field, specializing in HIV-AIDS education, prevention and research for government agencies and international donor bodies (such as UNAIDS, AusAID, Global Fund among others). Emily moved to Bali in 2008 where until now she works as Program Manager for the leading HIV-AIDS female sex worker organization in Indonesia. Her fields of expertise include HIV-AIDS prevention programming, youth reproductive health, gender and sexuality, LGBTQ concerns, harm reduction, preventative health, Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) and module development. Aside from her work in Bali, she is also a contracted consultant with Caritas Germany, assisting HIV-AIDS and gender based violence prevention work in Banda Aceh, Medan, Central Java and Flores. She also has an active interest in animal rights and protection as well as theatre and music movements in the archipelago.
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