Mochamad Mustafa is currently undertaking PhD program at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science, the University of Adelaide. His research topic is on the Political Economy of Bureaucratic Reform in Indonesia. Mustafa holds a Master Degree in International Development from the Centre for Development Studies, Flinders University, South Australia. He is a political economist in the area improving public services, local economic policy and procedures, promoting gender responsive and pro-poor local budgets, public procurement reform and increasing transparency and public participation. Mustafa has wide experiences in managing, facilitating and providing technical assistance for civil society organizations and governments in Indonesia at the national, provincial and local levels on promoting business licensing reform; procurement reforms; local regulatory reform and local budget reforms.
Prior to his PhD program, he was a program officer at the Asia Foundation Indonesia office from 2008 to 2013. He served as the program officer in the Local Governance and Economy and Gender and Women’s Political Participation units. Mustafa has managed and implemented a number of programs supported by various development institutions in Indonesia, such as the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), the International Finance Cooperation (IFC), The World Bank, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the British Embassy and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
His current research uncovers the way in which local political dynamic have shaped procurement reform in Indonesia specifically in the City of Surabaya and Bogor. It concludes that rather than the product of leadership or individual agency, the outcome of the institutional reforms on public procurement is shaped by the extent of how the local political economy constellation engenders reform coalitions among local elites and local actors.