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May 24, 2013

Fifth International Graduate Students Conference Graduate School of University of Gadjah Mada

Term of References
The Fifth International Graduate Students Conference
Graduate School of University of Gadjah Mada

The MDGs to 2015 and Beyond: Successes and Challenges in Developing Localized Strategies and Self Reliance


The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are time-bound quantitative goals to decrease selected aspects of human poverty by 2015. These goals are results of the Millennium Declaration, agreed upon by 189 Heads of States and Governments during the Millennium Summit in 2000. The MDGs are analytically framed with the human development and the human rights paradigm. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) provide a new consensus for development towards 2015. They aim to "address the problems of extreme poverty in its many dimensions - income poverty, hunger, disease, lack of adequate shelter, and exclusion, while promoting gender equality, education, and environmental sustainability"(UN Millennium Project 2005:1). More specifically, the goals are to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger; achieve universal primary education; promote gender equality and empower women; reduce child mortality rates; improve maternal health; combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases; ensure environmental sustainability; and develop a global partnership for development. The first seven goals are meant for developing countries while the eighth goal is for the developed countries to meet their obligations (IDB, 2011).

Poverty has is a stubborn problem and the MDGs address it in a comprehensive manner. This has been the strongest point of the MDGs. They tackle both income and non income poverty such as healthcare, education, food, environmental sustainability and work. The most critical and contentious issues in development are environmental degradation and inequality. However, they are often absent in development discourse, or if they appear at all, they are only lip service. Global inequalities have reached "grotesque" levels (UNDP 2003: 39). Regional, national and sub-national inequalities are all on the increase.

Achieving the Goals cannot be done by merely infusing money at the problems in sector programs (Kabeer, n.d.). Financial support from donor, labelled by some as a “Big Push” (Easterly, 2006) has proven to be ineffective in tackling issues of inequality. Meetings the Goals will require strategies that are locally owned and developed, with full participation from all relevant constituents, including CSOs, the private sector, and other key stakeholders (Lowres, n.d.). In other words, self reliance, along with sense of ownership, play a pivotal role in the success of the achievement of the MDGs

Throughout the years, the world has seen initiatives at global, regional and country-levels to achieve the MDGs. The Goals have been incorporated as long-term objectives in a number of national development plans and poverty reduction strategies; policies, strategies. The MDGs in Indonesia have been a key priority and in the latest National Medium-Term Development Plan (RPJMN) 2010-2014 of the Government of Indonesia (GoI) and the corresponding sectoral Strategic Plans (Renstra, Rencana Strategis. The MDGs achievement in Indonesia has been mixed. Indonesia demonstrated improvement in primary education, increased gender equality and decreased child mortality rates. However, Indonesia is lagging behind the goals to achieve the fifth MDG, on maternal health; the sixth MDG, on HIV/AIDS and other public health issues; and the seventh MSG, on environmental sustainability (Jakarta Post, May 31, 2010)

The roads to MDGs achievement have been bumpy. There has been rapid economic growth in some South East Asian countries, including Indonesia, but the economic achievement was derailed by economic shock. There are other types of shocks, such as food, energy and financial shock. Achievement of the MDGs seems to be more difficult in most countries; countries which have been on track, now seem to be off-track. Resource flows from the developed to the developing world are shrinking and market access is not expanding (IDB, 2011). Meanwhile the 2015 deadline is fast approaching. Hence, it is very timely to discuss about the success, challenges and lesson learned from the MDGs, particularly those that are related to localized strategies and self reliance.

The list of topics for the conference will include the following. The list serves as a guidance only, and other topics pertinent to the theme are welcome.
Development, industrialization, environmental and climate changes
Situational analysis and policies on tropical diseases and HIV/AIDS
Women, education, employment and maternal health
Fulfilling children’s rights in time of peace and conflict
Income/non income poverty and inequality
International development: between theories and praxis
Culture, arts and human development
Resilience, and localized strategies, to achieve MDGs

Keynote Speakers
1. Dr. Iwu Dwisetyani Utomo (Australian National University, Australia)
2. Prof. Dr. Saville Kushner (University of Auckland, New Zealand)
3. Prof. Dr. Sofian Effendi (Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia)
4. Prof. Dr. Nila Moeloek (special envoy of the President to the MDGs, Indonesia)

Date and Venue
The conference will be held in the Graduate School of Gadjah Mada University (Sekolah Pascasarjana UGM), Jalan Teknika Utara Pogung Yogyakarta 55281on 30th -31st of October 2013.

The Graduate School of Gadjah Mada University invites all of the participants to attend the cultural night that will be held on the 30th of October 2013. This activity is free of charge.

The conference will be held in English. Only those who submit their abstracts and papers in English would be considered.

Please submit your abstract with a maximum of 300 words to the organizer. The deadline of the submission is on the July 12th 2013. A full paper is required and has to be sent to the organizer on the 30th of August 2013. The articles will be published in the conference proceedings which will be available on the day of the conference. The proceeding is free for all the presenters.

This conference includes a registration fee. The fees are as follow:
Indonesian Presenters : IDR. 500.000
Foreign Presenters : USD 100.00
Indonesian Participants (non-presenters) : IDR 250.000
Foreign Participants (non-presenters) : USD 50.00

The presenters and participants from outside Indonesia should make their payments during the conference but are required to register by sending the Registration Form before the 30th of September 2013.

The participants from Indonesia have to send the payment through the bank account. The schedule arrangement will be based on the complete registration, including the bank payment. Please send your payment through this bank account: Direktur Sekolah Pascasarjana UGM, BNI Branch UGM Rek. No. 0039227315

The organizers will provide the seminar kits, certificates, coffee breaks and lunch for the 2 conference days and one dinner on the 30th of October 2013 during the cultural night.

The participants are required to pay their own transport and accommodation of any mobilization they make during their stay at Yogyakarta. Yogyakarta is one of the cheapest cities in Indonesia and you could easily find cheap and delicious foods as well as the cheap hotels and accommodation for your stay here. For more detail information about the hotels, the organizers would recommend the guest houses of the universities and the hotels close to the university. We recommend the guest houses below since they are cheap and located close to the conference venue:
1. Wisma MM UGM (http://housing.mmugm.ac.id Telp (+62) 274 557 988
2. Wisma UC UGM (http://www.ugmclub.com. Telp (+62) 274 557216
3. Wisma Kagama http://kagama.ugm.ac.id/wisma/ Telp: 0274-560142 Fax. 0274-560186 - email: pphkagama@ugm.ac.id
4. Wisma ICRS-Yogya ( www.icrsguesthouse.ugm.id, icrs@ugm.ac.id Telp: +62 274 565 425 or +62 (0) 85215334393)
5. Indraloka homestay (http://www.yogyes.com/id/yogyakarta-hotel/budget/indraloka-homestay/ Telp (+62) 274 544428)

For more detail information please contact:
Batari Oja Andini
E-mail : igcindonesia@gmail.com/ igsci@ugm.ac.id
Telp / Fax : +62 274 564239
Mobile Phone : +62 8152567902
Website : http://igsci.pasca.ugm.ac.id

Posted by katemw at May 24, 2013 06:54 AM


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