by Brooke Wilmsen, Alexandra Kaasch, Mulyadi Sumarto
prepared for the UNRISD project “New Directions in Social Policy: Alternatives from and for the Global South”, March 2017
Little is known about the role that Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) plays in the reform of social protection. To address this gap, this paper explores the specific example of Australia’s ODA in shaping the social protection programs of Indonesia. The authors argue that, in its engagement with the Government of Indonesia, Australia acted as a “constructive partner” rather than a “demanding donor”, which contributed to the recipient government retaining ownership over its activities.