Leadership for water governance in Indonesia

Leadership for water governance in Indonesia

The IWC hosted a delegation of 11 Indonesian water sector practitioners, as part of the Australian Awards Fellowship titled Building leadership skills for effective water governance in Indonesia last month, 12 March – 6 April 2018.

This program, developed in consultation with BAPPENAS (Indonesian Ministry of National Development Planning) and funded by the Australian Government, aimed to address the need for improved cross-boundary coordination and reform in water governance in Indonesia. The program leveraged on the existing IWC award-winning Water Leadership Program, tailored to match the needs of emerging water leaders from Indonesia and assist them develop the influencing skills needed for championing water reform.

During their time in Australia, Fellows participated in a mix of seminars and workshops with Australian academics, practitioners and industry leaders. They explored relevant case-studies and were taken on site-visits that offered lessons on water resource governance and leadership to influence lasting change. The aim was to build capacity to influence improved coordination of water management in water-scarce contexts.

Program participants

Participants came from various government departments, their roles and interests spanned water resources policy and planning, catchment management, urban water supply and sanitation, irrigation water and water supply infrastructure. The government departments represented included:

  • Indonesian Ministry of National Development Planning (BAPPENAS)
  • Brantas River Basin Organisation
  • Coordinating Ministry of Economic Affairs
  • Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Department of Public Works of Water Resources, Malang Regency
  • Ministry of Public Works and Housing

Throughout their time in Australia, participants worked in groups to develop return-to-work plans or ‘Change Projects’ – a process facilitated by the IWC to translate lessons learnt in Australia to their own context and implement initial actions to support innovation in the Indonesian water sector. Over the next few months the IWC will support participants in the implementation of these Change Projects by facilitating online coaching sessions and a visit to Indonesia to finalise training activities.

Delivering the Program

The IWC would like to thank all the people and organisations involved in the delivery of the program, including:

  • Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR)
  • Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
  • Australian Water Partnership (AWP)
  • Flood Community of Practice
  • Griffith University
  • Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA)
  • Oxley Creek Catchment Association (OCCA)
  • Queensland Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy (DNRME)
  • Queensland Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning
  • Queensland Urban Utilities (QUU)
  • Seqwater
  • South Bank Parklands
  • University of Queensland

More information

Learn more about the IWC Australia Awards Fellowship grants awarded in 2017/18 here. For more information on the Indonesian Australia Awards Program please contact:

Pablo Orams

Senior Project Officer


T +61 7 3028 7600

Photos from the trip:

Fellows visit the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade office in Canberra


Fellows meeting DAWR and MDBA in Canberra. On the left Jonathon Wong (IWC Water Governance online training alumnus) organised the meeting. Fellows were joined by Charles Edlington (Director National Water Policy – DAWR) and Dr Joseph Davis (Senior Operations Manager, Murray Darling Basin Authority)


Fellows with Dr Wade Hadwen (Lecturer and Researcher, Griffith University Australian Rivers Institute and Griffith Climate Change Response Program, and International WaterCentre Lecturer) learning about the water system of North Stradbroke Island and the linkages to the ecosystem and human dimensions on the island.
Fellows receive their Certificates of Recognition from the IWC team after a successful training program in Australia.


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