USAID/Indonesia is currently partnering with the Institute of International Education’s Emerging Markets Development Advisers Program (EMDAP) to place Private Sector Volunteers with three institutions: The American Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia (AmCham), APINDO (The Indonesian Employers Association) and KADIN (The Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry) to assist the Strengthening Business Associations for Reform (SEBAR) program in Indonesia. SEBAR is a sub-component to the overarching SEADI (Support for Economic Analysis Development in Indonesia) program that aims to strengthen Indonesia’s research capabilities in the public and private sectors.
From March 2011 to September 2012, Daniel Bellefleur, a graduate from the Lafollette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, worked at AmCham Indonesia in Jakarta with the SEBAR program team to conduct joint policy research on topics such as ASEAN manpower laws, entrepreneurship through small- and medium-sized enterprises and small-scale renewable energy infrastructure. Aside from performing policy research, Daniel also helped AmCham in numerous ways. First, he strengthened AmCham’s corporate social responsibility activities by launching an affiliation with Junior Achievement Indonesia to bring business professionals into local schools to teach business skills. Next, Daniel wrote a U.S. Department of Energy grant proposal aimed at promoting U.S. renewable energy technology in Indonesia. Then, Daniel managed the AmCham Young Professionals Committee, implementing a number of activities such as networking socials, volunteer events and social activities. Finally, Daniel wrote articles and position papers for AmCham, and represented the American business community with local and international stakeholders at events and conferences.
Daniel gained invaluable experience working with the SEBAR program team and with AmCham. He describes the position as “incredibly dynamic, challenging me to understand a new culture and difficult business environment while introducing me to very interesting people.” Daniel learned an astonishing amount about industry operations, the Indonesian regulatory environment, and Indonesian culture. Moreover, Daniel met countless stakeholders from both the public and private sectors who conveyed their knowledge and experience. Based on this experience offered through USAID, Daniel plans to stay in Indonesia, promoting U.S. foreign direct investment in this growing economy.