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The Changing Governance of Community Driven Maternal and Child Health Services in Rural Indonesia


Supervisor

Dr. Jesse Hession Grayman

Discipline

Development Studies

Project code: ART015

program that addresses key human resource development priorities such as reducing poverty and improving maternal and child health. Under Generasi, over 5,400 rural villages across Indonesia receive annual block grants that support the improvement of health and education indicators, with assistance from trained facilitators. CDD programs must negotiate a tense contradiction:  technocrats in Jakarta design, monitor, and regulate CDD interventions, but their goal is to empower local communities to define the terms of their own development agenda. This research builds upon prior scholarship on how Indonesia’s first generation of CDD programs more than 15 years ago ‘render society technical’ and impose narrow, depoliticized limits on the scope for ‘empowerment.’ Generasi must now contend with more explicit politics in the wake of Indonesia’s new Village Law, implemented in 2015, which transfers the local management of CDD-style programs from external facilitators to elected village leaders. Drawing upon two preliminary field studies in 2013 and 2015, this research relies on key informant interviews and participant observation to study how CDD programs like Generasi succeed or fail through these changing modes of village governance.

Scholar’s Work

The Summer Scholar will:

  • Conduct reviews and provide concise summaries (with key quotes) of the existing social science literature and policies on governance of maternal and child health in Indonesia, particularly with reference to community driven development policy perspectives.
  • Assist with the compilation, analysis, and presentation of research findings for drafting articles for peer review.

Required Skills/Pre-requisites

The summer scholar should have excellent academic writing skills and be proficient in the use of referencing systems, such as Endnotes or RefWorks. S/he should be firmly grounded in the qualitative social sciences and familiar with the wider field of Development Studies or cognate disciplines such as social anthropology and geography. Applicants with experience in critical global health and policy studies, either through intensive prior engagement with the relevant literature or through own volunteer or work experience, will receive priority.

Knowledge of Bahasa Indonesia is not a pre-requisite, but is nonetheless highly desirable for this summer scholar position. Please specify in your application.

Applicants should address these required skills in their application and indicate if they have been in touch with the proposed supervisor.

Disaster Preparedness and Resilience among Auckland’s Southeast Asian Communities


Supervisor

Dr. Jesse Hession Grayman

Discipline

Development Studies

Project code: ART016

This project aims at understanding how particular Southeast Asian communities (Cambodian, Indonesian, Malaysian, Philippine, Thai and Vietnamese) identify, conceptualise and prepare for risks of natural hazards in Auckland. This study will provide an opportunity for these communities to co-develop proactive response strategies together with professional organisations, such as Auckland Council and its Civil Defence and Emergency Management Unit, tasked with responding to disaster situations. The findings will inform best practices with these communities. The Summer Scholar will support this project with literature reviews, database administration, outreach to civil society and private sector organizations, and interviewing key informants from these organizations and other members of Auckland’s Southeast Asian communities.

Scholar’s Work

The Summer Scholar will:

  • Conduct reviews of the existing social science literature and policies (particularly from Auckland Council and Civil Defence & Emergency Management) on the position and role of heterogeneous communities in disaster preparedness and resilience in urban areas.
  • Contact civil society and private sector organizations in Auckland that best represent Southeast Asian communities across Auckland. This will include securing permission and scheduling time for interviews.
  • Conduct key informant interviews to the extent that linguistic competencies allow
  • Transcribe and/or translate interviews to the extent that linguistic competencies allow
  • Compile and manage data in an accessible format
  • Assist with the compilation, analysis, and presentation of research findings

Required Skills/Pre-requisites

The summer scholar should have excellent academic writing skills and be proficient in the use of referencing systems, such as Endnotes or RefWorks. S/he should be firmly grounded in the qualitative social sciences and familiar with the wider field of Development Studies or cognate disciplines such as social anthropology and geography. Applicants with experience in critical disaster studies, either through intensive prior engagement with the relevant literature or through own travel, volunteer, or work experience, will receive priority.

Knowledge of a Southeast Asian language is not a pre-requisite, but is nonetheless highly desirable for this summer scholar position. Please specify in your application.

Applicants should address these required skills in their application and indicate if they have been in touch with the proposed supervisor.