Innovation, partnerships and funding: insights from Palladium's Indonesia country director

Oliver Mathieson, Palladium’s country manager in Indonesia. Photo by: Palladium

Palladium is one of the globe's largest organizations working to support bilateral donors in managing, implementing and monitoring aid programs. In Indonesia, the company supports programs for major donors, including Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the United States Agency for International Development and the U.K.’s Department for International Development.

For the past four years, Oliver Mathieson has been sitting at the center of these donors’ programs as Palladium’s Indonesian country manager. During that same period, global aid programming has shifted enormously. He sat down with Devex to discuss how programs have evolved in Indonesia, why the private sector is a key partner and what challenges remain. Our conversation below has been edited for clarity and length.

Can you explain Palladium’s work in Indonesia and its importance to the organization?

Indonesia is very representative of Palladium. It’s one of the largest countries of operation for the company, and we’ve been here for about 30 years. Our work in Indonesia reflects our global business in many ways.

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    Lisa Cornish

    Lisa Cornish is a Devex Reporter based in Canberra, where she focuses on the Australian aid community. Lisa formerly worked with News Corp Australia as a data journalist for the national network and was published throughout Australia in major metropolitan and regional newspapers, including the Daily Telegraph in Melbourne, Herald Sun in Melbourne, Courier-Mail in Brisbane, and online through news.com.au. Lisa additionally consults with Australian government providing data analytics, reporting and visualization services. Lisa was awarded the 2014 Journalist of the Year by the New South Wales Institute of Surveyors.