This conference was the outcome of a two and a half year research project on “Changing Marriage in Southeast Asia,” coordinated by the “Changing Family in Asia” research cluster of the Asia Research Institute (ARI), National University of Singapore, and funded by Ford Foundation - Jakarta office. This research project comprised six sub-projects – three in Indonesia, two in Malaysia and one in the Philippines – which sought to shed light on trends in marriage in the religion, in particular as they related to poverty. The kinds of issues addressed by the projects related to delayed marriage among different social group, factors leading to cohabitation rather than formal marriage arrangements, and the impact of observed trends in divorce and polygamy, with particular emphasis on the differing experience social and economic groups.
At the conference, key findings of the research projects were presented, along with findings from related research conducted at ARI. Presentation were also been made by Indonesian researchers who were not involved in the project. The structure of the Conference was designed to foster discussion and the sharing of ideas and experiences, and also to lead to idea for action program, for further needed research, and for possibilities of future collaboration.
The presenters included: Chee Heng Leng, Maznah Mohamad, Teryy Hull, Siti Musdah Mulia, Farid Muttagien, Suhadi, and Faturohman. The conferences was jointly organized by the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, the Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies, Yogyakarta, and the Ford Foundation.