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PUSKAPA, or Center on Child Protection and Wellbeing, was established in early 2010 at Universitas Indonesia through a collaboration between the university’s Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (FISIP UI), Columbia University, and the Indonesian Ministry of National Development Planning (BAPPENAS). The Center was established to contribute to closing the gaps between knowledge and practice in the field of child protection and wellbeing in Indonesia.
Now PUSKAPA works to help policymakers improve children’s access to health, education, justice, and social protection. It pursues its goals through research to generate the scientific evidence that is necessary to formulate durable solutions to the inequities affecting children’s wellbeing. In addition to producing world-class research, the Center designs, manages, and evaluates innovative programs around the country, and has become a highly influential advocate for policies that advance the fulfillment of children’s rights.
PUSKAPA is also invested in building the capacity of researchers and practitioners in the sector, offering graduate-degree training in child protection, as well as dedicated mentorship, and a range of trainings in research methodology, policy advocacy, and effective communication. Through this integrated approach, PUSKAPA aims to situate children, families, and community wellbeing within the context of key national priorities, including economic growth, social protection, and sustainable development.