The Center for Research on Infrastructure and Regional (CRIR) was created to help Indonesia use science and knowledge to find practical, long and medium term solutions to the poverty problems and environmental problems they face. Support is directed toward building a research capacity to sustain the policies and technologies Indonesia need to build healthier, more equitable, more prosperous society.
To generate knowledge, empower people, improve lives, and foster prosperity in ways that are fair and sustainable—these are some of the goals pursued by CRIR. It does so by supporting multidisciplinary, problem-oriented research, defined and carried out by local institutions and researchers.
An important—and essential—aspect of CRIR's agenda is to work with scientists and policymakers to understand how new knowledge can assist them in addressing the barriers to improved lives for people. The aim is to “close the loop” between the creation and acquisition of knowledge and its application to promote prosperity, security, and equity. Examples of projects that are working to this end in Java include work in the Subang, Blora, Garut, Pangandaran, Lombok, Bandung to develop better mechanisms to target poverty alleviation; activities to promote the sustainable and equitable use of resources, appropriate technologies; and experiments to provide wider access to the basic infrastructures such us clean water and sanitaton, in ways that foster development.
The Center for Research on Infrastructure and Regional (CRIR) will foster ITB becoming the nation's leader in supporting creative, regional approaches to development, that build on three core values: (1) a voluntary approach; (2) the power of data, analysis, ideas and information; and (3) the importance of dialogue on social and economic development, and collaborative partnerships.
The Centre's research core competencies focus on three broad areas of enquiry: (1) sustainable development of regions including social and economic equity; (2) environmental and natural resource management; and (3) infrastructure for supporting regional development and poverty reduction.
Research in these areas seeks to ensure equity in natural resource use, biodiversity conservation, enough clean water and good sanitation, access to works, education and health facilities and sustainable development. It also seeks to develop strategies and policies for healthy societies and to promote the sharing of information, learning, and technology. In focusing on these areas, CRIR plays close attention to governance, the translation of research results into policy decisions.
The Centre supports an integrated approach to research, one that looks at technological, social, and institutional innovations for change. Research is directed toward informing the policy arena (local, national, and international) so that decision-makers can make informed choices based on sound research and analysis.
The ITB CRIR supports collaborative regional and multi-institutional approaches to problem solving and development. Some core competencies include:
CRIR began its operations in October 2007 as Center for Research on Environment, Regional Development and Infrastructure (CERDI) coordinating research granted by ITB. The first nine months (through June 2008) were spent laying the infrastructure for the operations of CERDI. In contrast, the last 12 months have seen the successful launching of a series of community development projects (in Subang, Blora, and Garut) helping people to get access to clean water and water for irrigation, a series of workshops and specialist meetings, the development of innovative tools for spatial analysis, and provision of significant resources for teaching and research.