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Human Capacity and Partnerships

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USAID YEP Training
USAID partners with vocational schools, local governments and higher education institutions to provide high-quality training on skills such as financial literacy and entrepreneurship. Our work provide access to information about training and job opportunities. Equipped with the right skills and information, these youth will be able to make more meaningful contribution to the economy and lift themselves out of poverty/
USAID Youth win through Economic Participation (YEP) project

Improved human capacity is an essential pathway to economic growth and the elimination of poverty. The provision of focused and proven training and educational opportunities to Indonesians increases broad-based economic participation and supports a stable, resilient, democratic society. Under the 2015 U.S.-Indonesia Strategic Partnership, the United States and Indonesia prioritized improving educational opportunities. On behalf of the American people, the United States Government through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) partners with the Government of Indonesia, educational institutions, Indonesian and American businesses and local communities to reduce poverty, advance mutual prosperity and help Indonesia progress beyond assistance.

Private enterprise is the single most powerful force for accelerating self-reliance and ensuring sustainable, effective development outcomes across all of our work in Indonesia. As private resources increasingly outpace development assistance, USAID pursues greater alignment with the private sector to provide the technical expertise needed to ensure that private sector investment into development can reach its full potential-- and that our most impactful results can be brought to scale. Through a deeply collaborative relationship with the private sector, we bring resources, solutions, and sustainability to joint efforts that prioritize self-reliance and mutual prosperity and security.

USAID supports Indonesia’s vision for self-reliance by focusing on two aspects in the education sector: training and vocational education as well as higher education and research. USAID increases access to high-quality skills and vocational training for Indonesia’s poor and vulnerable youth. This ensures young people are prepared for employment and contribute to the economy. At the same time, USAID programs cultivate world-class research skills at Indonesia’s higher education institutions. We also provide scholarships and training to promising scholars, the future leaders of Indonesia.

  • USAID supported five top-tier Indonesian universities to establish, lead and manage five “Centers for Collaborative Research” that connect a network of 22 Indonesian universities to eight U.S. university partners for ongoing research and scientific discourse on topics of global significance.
  • Under the USAID scholarship program, 248 Indonesians have graduated with advanced degrees since 2007. An additional 1,280 Indonesians have participated in short-term training. Alumni from both programs are putting their new skills to work in advancing Indonesia’s development.
  • Working with the private sector, USAID has equipped over 1,750 poor and vulnerable youth, including those with disabilities, with the skills needed to unlock brighter economic futures.


Higher Education and University Partnerships

Through research and innovation, development advancements are faster, cheaper and more sustainable. USAID promotes collaboration between U.S. and Indonesian scientists and universities to develop a world-class research environment that generates valuable new data on shared focus areas.

A significant portion of USAID’s education portfolio focuses on expanding collaborative university-to-university research, improving Indonesia’s ability to contribute to global scientific discourse and increasing the quality, availability and demand for data to support evidence-based decision- and policy-making. In partnership with U.S. universities, Indonesian universities conduct research in areas critical to Indonesia’s development, such as food security, sustainable energy alternatives, respiratory infectious diseases and transportation technology. These programs build the technical capacity of Indonesian researchers to contribute to solving key development challenges.

Additionally, through a global USAID initiative, we connect USAID-funded Indonesian scientists with U.S. Government (USG) technical agency-funded U.S. scientists so that they can jointly tackle pressing issues in health, education and the environment. This program leverages the investments that other USG agencies have made in scientific research and training to advance tangible development impacts in Indonesia.


Today’s young people are tomorrow’s leaders and peacemakers. USAID’s scholarship programs provide opportunities to Indonesian scholars for advanced academic degrees in the U.S. and Indonesia. The scholars supported by USAID study in the fields of law, economics, public policy, political science, public administration, environment, health and education. Scholars develop the skills and expertise needed to address global challenges and help advance Indonesia as a prosperous, democratic nation that provides for the safety, health and well-being of its people. By deepening people-to-people ties, these programs also strengthen mutual understanding between Americans and Indonesians.

Since the late 1950s, over 4,000 Indonesians have received USAID scholarships at U.S. and Indonesian universities, and tens of thousands of Indonesians have attended short-term training programs.


With access to training on skills in demand by the private sector, more young Indonesians will be able to reach their full potential as self-reliant, productive members of society. USAID partners with the Government of Indonesia and private sector entities to equip poor and vulnerable Indonesian youth ages 18-34 years old, including youth with disabilities, with the skills and resources needed to compete in Indonesia’s job market and make meaningful contributions to the economy. USAID partners with vocational schools, local governments and higher education institutions to provide high-quality training on skills such as financial literacy and entrepreneurship and help more youth access information about training and job opportunities.


Last updated: June 24, 2020

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