Rafiuddin Palinrungi

Rafiuddin Palinrungi

Program Officer

Rafiuddin Palinrungi works in the foundation’s Jakarta office, where he has focused on livelihood and economic security issues. His grant making has centered on helping poor and marginalized households obtain financial and business services to improve their productivity, boost their incomes, and increase their access to new markets.

Before joining the foundation in 2013, Rafi worked for the International Finance Corporation, focusing on commodity value chains as a key strategy for improving rural livelihoods. At the IFC, he conducted impact assessments that addressed farmers’ livelihood needs in cocoa production. Later, he conducted research on government regulations that impeded private-sector investment in the agricultural sector. Rafi's signature achievement at the IFC was the establishment, in 2006, of the Cocoa Sustainability Partnership. His efforts to bring together government; farmers associations; unions; and private companies, including Mars and Armajaro Holdings—groups that had never before sat around a table to discuss issues and shared concerns—led to his appointment as general secretary of the partnership.

Rafi is enrolled as a doctoral candidate at the University of Sydney, where his research is on the role of global value chains for alleviating poverty in developing countries. His doctoral study has been supported by the highly competitive scholarship program of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.

Rafi earned a master’s degree in management from Gadjah Mada University and his undergraduate degree in agricultural economics from Hasanuddin University.

Rafiuddin Palinrungi bergabung dengan Ford Foundation sejak tahun 2013 dan bekerja pada isu-isu yang terkait dengan sektor mata pencaharian dan ketahanan ekonomi masyarakat kecil pada kantor yayasan di Jakarta. Program hibah yang ia kelola berfokus untuk membantu rumah tangga miskin dan termarginalkan, agar mendapatkan layanan keuangan dan bisnis, yang dapat memperbaiki produktivitas usaha, meningkatkan pendapatan, serta memperluas akses pasar yang baru.

Sebelum bergabung dengan yayasan, Rafi bekerja di International Finance Corporation, berfokus pada bidang kerja perbaikan rantai nilai komoditas unggulan, sebagai strategi kunci untuk meningkatkan mata pencaharian masyarakat di wilayah pedesaan. Di IFC, Rafi melakukan evaluasi dampak program-program intervensi peningkatan produksi pada rantai nilai kakao yang membantu mengatasi kebutuhan hidup para petani. Setelah itu, ia melakukan penelitian terhadap berbagai peraturan pemerintah yang menghambat investasi swasta di sektor pertanian. Capaian utama Rafi di IFC adalah pendirian Kemitraan Keberlanjutan Kakao (Cocoa Sustainability Partnership) pada tahun 2006. Melalui lembaga kemitraan ini, dia berhasil membawa pemerintah, asosiasi petani, serikat buruh, dan lembaga swasta, termasuk Mars and Armajaro Holdings—kelompok-kelompok yang sebelumnya belum pernah berunding untuk membahas masalah dan keprihatinan bersama--untuk bekerja secara teringrasi. Usahanya ini menjadikannya ditunjuk sebagai sekretaris umum dalam kemitraan tersebut.

Rafi terdaftar sebagai kandidat doktor di University of Sydney, dimana ia meneliti peranan rantai nilai global dalam memerangi kemiskinan di negara berkembang. Studi doktoralnya tersebut didukung oleh program beasiswa yang sangat kompetitif dari Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.

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