Posted in: Policy in Focus

Healers, shamans and black magic: the complicated picture of mental health treatment in Indonesia

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Understanding the cultural baggage of mental health is essential to creating strategic policy on the issue and ensuring that sufferers receive effective and timely treatment, writes PPH Atma Jaya researcher Devika.

The limits of regional autonomy: Jember DPRD takes aim at popular district head

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The impeachment of Jember’s district head reveals constraints in the power of local heads lead policy, write CWI researchers Yolanda Pandjaitan and Roni.

Talking Indonesia: religious harmony

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How have Inter-Religious Harmony Forums (FKUB) performed in tackling religious disputes and promoting tolerance? Dr Dave McRae chats to Ihsan Ali-Fauzi in a special Policy in Focus episode of Talking Indonesia.

Parenting in a pandemic: will Covid-19 boost equality in parenting?

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Early research shows how the pandemic highlights inequalities at home but also creates opportunities for positive change, writes SurveyMETER’s Dani Alfah.

Proposed changes to election law threaten women, diversity in politics

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Revisions to raise the legislative threshold risk concentrating power in the hands of a few, stifling representation of women and other minorities, write CWI’s Heru Samosir and Dirga Ardiansa.

Talking Indonesia: Covid-19 and small business

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How has the Covid-19 crisis affected micro, small and medium enterprises? Has government assistance made a difference? Dr Dave McRae discusses these issues and more with Nurul Widyaningrum in a special Policy in Focus episode of Talking Indonesia.

Is Indonesia’s health system prepared for peak Covid-19?

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As case numbers continue to climb, Indonesia is yet to see the worst of the pandemic. How will its health system fare? Tri Aktariyani and Putu Eka Andayani take a look at the system’s preparedness.

Home schooling exacerbates inequalities. More options are needed for reopening schools

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More options are needed to safely open schools and address students’ diverse needs, write Arjuni Rahmi Barasa and Shintia Revina.

Major procedural flaws mar the omnibus law

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The omnibus Law on Job Creation has been widely criticised for its problematic provisions on labour, indigenous peoples' rights and the environment, but Rizky Argama writes that the process by which the bill became law was also deeply flawed procedurally.

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