Migunani is a not for profit organization based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Our passion is in knowledge works, a knowledge crafter with a mission to improve our knowledge about Indonesia and to develop the nation's intellectual life. We focus on research and empowerment, especially on turning knowledge into practice and knowledge to policy initiatives.

Formally established in early 2011, we have been a reliable knowledge partner of some development initiatives managed by international organizations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Ford Foundation, UNICEF, Save the Children, Plan International, World Bank, Australian Embassy (DFAT) and local government. For quality assurance of its works, Migunani maintains a network with international organizations such as Erasmus University Netherlands, IOD PARC UK, and IDRC Canada.

Migunani believes in the principle that good policy and practice should be informed by different types of evidence, not only scientific evidence; multiple currencies of knowledge environment instead of a single currency regime. This principle guides our approach to conducting research and empowerment. Migunani applies the “live in” approach in our works as a mechanism to give the voices for different types of knowledge. This approach is based on our experience that many research and empowerment work in Indonesia failed because they presented “inauthentic attitudes to place”, meaning that the understanding of culture or local wisdom, local identity and local values was absent during the implementation of a community development project.

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In the last five years, Migunani has managed over 30 analysis studies and research using mixed methods, ranging from policy analysis, literature review, ethnographic study and small scale household surveys (up to 1,500 households). Migunani continuously and consistently produces knowledge on organizational development, policy development, and community development.

Ability to source highly skilled talent and advisers with strong financial credentials
The Team Leader, Senior Research Specialist and Migunani have all worked together, and each of us has made unique contributions, including the social network brought into the team. Migunani has experience in using NVivo for qualitative study as well as statistical software such as SPSS and Stata. The qualitative researcher to be assigned for this research in the majority are sourced from our “knowledge community” network.

Understands and has experience working with NGOs in Indonesia
Migunani itself is a part of the Indonesian Society for Social Transformation network, and we also have grassroots-level activities as a venue for us to turn our knowledge into practice. In addition to that, most of our research work was developed and done with and for NGOs in Indonesia, for example, 14 Indonesian Policy Research Institutions, 10 Grantees of Ford Foundation Indonesia, 16 local NGO partners of the Asia Foundation Jakarta, and 10 Hivos partners.

Robust financial and legal processes in place to administer contracts effectively
Although Migunani is a not for profit organisation, due to its legal form as “Comanditaire Vennootshcap-CV”, Migunani is governed by private sector financial and administration standards. We use separate booking, and we had experience receiving direct funds from DFAT in 2011-2012 for evaluation of BOS Training Program (contract value AUD 300,000) and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2022 for Process and Outcome Evaluation of Malaria Elimination Initiative Budget Advocacy (contract value USD 350,000).

Migunani has worked in collaboration with numerous local and international researchers and research institutions who conduct scientific research in Indonesia, such as IOD PARC-UK and Child Frontiers in conducting a study of child protection system building approach and Universalia-Canada in conducting a study of Disaster Risk Reduction in Indonesia. Our clients are those who had the initiative and willingness to document knowledge as a base of analysis and as a lesson learned from projects, including MAMPU USAID, Save the Children, Plan International, World Vision Indonesia, UNICEF, World Bank, DFAT (previously Ausaid), Care Indonesia, Oxfam, Handicap International Federation, Mercy Corps Indonesia, and The Asian Foundation.

  • Social Study
  • Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation
  • Education
  • Gender Equity, Disability, and Social Inclusion
  • Community Development
  • Health
  • Youth
  • Children
  • WASH
  • Economic
  • Livelihood
  • Social Protection

  • Baseline Study
  • Program Evaluation
  • Capitalization
  • Lesson Learned
  • Research Methodology Design (Theory of Change, Most Significance Change, Outcome Mapping, and Process Tracing)
  • Organizational Development
  • Proposal and Program Development (Theory of Change Development)
  • Strategic Planning.