Request for Proposal: CONSULTANCY SERVICES FOR THE PRODUCTION OF BOOK ON THE PERFORMANCE OF INDONESIA SSC (PENYUSUNAN BUKU REKAM JEJAK KERJASAMA SELATAN – SELATAN INDONESIA)
May – November 2018 (7 months)
US-Indonesia Partnership for South-South and Triangular Cooperation
South-South cooperation (SSC) is the manifestation of the idea on development cooperation between developing countries which was launched in the Asian-African Conference in Bandung, April 18-24, 1955. Until 2003, cooperation between South countries was better known as “technical cooperation between developing countries.” The term refers to the concept used in the Buenos Aires Plan of Action (BAPA) reached in the United Nations conference in Argentina in 1978. The term “South-South cooperation” started to be adopted following the issuance of United Nations Resolution 58/220 in 2003 which contains the High-Level Committee on South-South Cooperation and sets December 19 as the United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation. With this historical background, it has been more than 60 years since Indonesia started and actively participated in the South-South development cooperation.
As Indonesia stepped up its status with its graduation into a middle income developing country and membership in the G-20, the role of SSC in Indonesian foreign policy has become more important. Therefore, in the National Medium Term Development Plan (RPJMN) 2015-2019, the government has included SSC strengthening in its agenda. Broadly speaking, SSC strengthening comprises preparation of institutional legal framework for Indonesia SSC, development and standardization of institutional business process, capacity building of managing institutions, development of an Indonesia SSC’s information system, and communication of issues and achievements of Indonesia SSC to the public.
In terms of communication, the National Coordination Team for South-South Cooperation (NCT for SSC) launched a communication strategy for Indonesia SSC in 2016. The strategy primarily aims to (i) provide understanding to the public about how important it is for Indonesia to shift its role from aid recipient to aid provider country and (ii) disseminate Indonesia’s achievements in SSC forums. These are important objectives since Indonesia’s track record and achievements in these cooperation forums are impressive, yet public’s knowledge on the issue and history of SSC is still very little. Besides, the idea of Indonesia being an aid provider country still comes with pros and cons from the common people. With the current condition, the government’s plan to improve its role in SSC forums and establish a single agency for the management of development cooperation will hardly get the support from the public.
Diverse programs and activities are covered in the Indonesia SSC communication strategy, from journalistic training and roadshows to various strategic stakeholders, to the development of promotional materials and publications on Indonesia SSC. This terms of reference was prepared in connection with the NCT’s Working Group 3’s plan to create a book on the performance of Indonesia SSC. With this book, stakeholders and public at large are expected to gain a comprehensive idea of the historical development of Indonesia SSC from the independence era, the New Order, reform era, and until the creation and development of the NCT for Indonesia SSC to date. The book is also expected to reflect Indonesia’s changing priority in aid provision according to the global sociopolitical and economic contexts, changing policies or legal basis of SSC, and changing role of aid provision scheme involving development partners. Moreover, the book is expected to include a matrix of SSC data containing an overview of Indonesia SSC activities from 1955 until today, which features all the parties involved (the NCT for SSC, government ministries/agencies, centers of excellence, non-state actors, development partners, and beneficiary countries) and funding scheme.
It is well understood that the main challenge in writing the book is in data and information collection since the documentation of Indonesia SSC is not well organized and has been scattered across the ministries/agencies. In fact, a lot of past government policies and SSC activities are not well documented. Therefore, the authors not only should consider the journalistic and historical aspects, but also develop good data collection or research method to keep the validity of information presented in this publication.
Finally, USAID through the USIP 1 for SSTC project supports the Working Group 3 of the NCT for SSC in the production of the Book on the Performance of Indonesia SSC. The book is expected to be the complete, accurate, official reference for Indonesia SSC program managers, stakeholders (development partners, academics, private sector, and CSOs), beneficiary countries, friendly nations, and public at large in studying and appreciating the development of Indonesia’s South-South development cooperation forums.
The production of the Book on the Performance of Indonesia SSC has the following objectives:
- To describe the complete history of the development of Indonesia SSC activities from 1950 to date by including an overview of SSC activities data.
- To disseminate information on the development and activities of Indonesia SSC to the public. Specifically, this book will contain the history, development, achievements, and contributions of Indonesia SSC which are divided into several periods.
- To improve the understanding and appreciation of Indonesia SSC among domestic and foreign public.
- To be the communication medium or promotional and publication kit of Indonesia SSC for relevant stakeholders, such as technical implementing ministries/agencies, beneficiary countries of Indonesia’s assistance, non-state actors, centers of excellence, development partners, and public at large.
- To be a reference book for academics and education insitutions.
- To provide accurate data of Indonesia SSC in an interesting format.
As agreed by the parties concerned (the NCT and USIP 1-USAID), this activity is expected to produce material for promotion and publication that satisfies the following criteria:
- Containing information on the history, development, and achievements of Indonesia SSC in each significant period of Indonesian history.
- Utilizing interesting and effective journalistic language, thus allowing the stakeholders to easily understand the information in accordance with the Indonesia SSC communication strategy.
- Utilizing layout and design elements which attract readers’ attention.
- Providing an idea of the implementation of SSC activities for the NCT for SSC, technical implementing ministries/agencies, beneficiary countries of Indonesia’s assistance, non-state actors, centers of excellence, and development partners.
- Providing a projection of Indonesia SSC development in the future.
- Featuring pictures of the actors and implementation of Indonesia SSC activities.
- Presented bilingually in Indonesian and English.
- Subjected to language and layout editing process utilizing professional service.
Stages of Implementation
The production of the Book on the Performance of Indonesia SSC will be conducted during 7 months with the following stages and activity details as stated in the link below:
Expected Qualifications of Authors
Required qualifications for the consultancy services for the authorship and production of the Book on the Performance of Indonesia SSC are as follows:
- Good integrity
- Awareness of the vision, mission, and strategic objectives of the Government of Indonesia
Functional Qualifications and Competences:
- Good understanding of South-South Cooperation
- Experience in conducting studies on Indonesia SSC or making press release on international cooperation or similar topics in Indonesian and English
- Experience as author of similar types of books, such as history book and the like. Wide circulation of the book is a plus.
- Mastering and understanding the requested scope of work, which should be reflected in the consultant’s proposal (proposed method of writing and layout of the matrix of Indonesia SSC activities according to the designated periods)
- The appointed lead author preferably has good understanding of Indonesia SSC issues.
- Extensive network with the Government of Indonesia, development partners, SSC partner ministries/agencies, non-state actors, and beneficiary countries of Indonesia SSC
- Extensive network and experience in working with publishing and printing companies, editors, and professional native-speaking translators
- Experience in conducting research activities, including field data collection through survey and in-depth interview
Period of Performance
Time allocated to perform the activities is seven months. Work is expected to begin in the third week of May 2018.
The consultants will submit reports on the development of the book production to the Multilateral Policy Assessment and Development Center (Pusat P2K Multilateral), Ministry of Foreign Affairs and USIP 1 according to mutually agreed timeline.