Posted in: Policy in Focus

Democracy in retreat as push for fifth amendment gains momentum

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Giri Ahmad Taufik writes that if the Constitution is amended to give the MPR the power to produce State Policy Guidelines (GBHN), there will no longer be any doubt about democratic regression in Indonesia.

Why do millions of Indonesian women still quit work after marriage and kids?

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Lisa Cameron and Diana Contreras Suarez make the case for better policies for women’s empowerment and the national economy.

Power for sale: Religious Affairs scandal just scratching the surface

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Despite an ongoing battle for reform, corruption runs rampant in Indonesia’s civil service, writes Akhmad Misbakhul Hasan.

What is Jokowi planning to do about stunting?

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Stunting due to malnutrition and other factors poses threats to Indonesia’s human and economic development. So what is the re-elected president promising to do about it? Nur Fitri Widya Astuti gives some pointers for a better way forward.

Cooking under pressure: how the poor juggle food prices

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Volatile food prices make headlines during Ramadan, but poor households struggle with them year-round, writes Rachma Indah Nurbani.

It’s complicated: heterosexual relations and the spread of HIV

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Approaches to HIV elimination need to change in light of growing rates of transmission outside key populations, writes Lydia Verina Wongso.

Can Jokowi clean up Indonesia’s legal mess?

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The president’s campaign-trail idea of a regulatory reform body may yet provide a way out of the country’s legal chaos, writes Rizky Argama.

Rejecting elections: warning signs of a dangerous trend in Bima

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While former Muslim militants swap bullets for ballots in Central Sulawesi, a community in West Nusa Tenggara appears to be going the other way, write Ihsan Ali-Fauzi, Irsyad Rafsadie and Siswo Mulyartono.

To achieve real representation, women need more power in political parties

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In the legislative election on Wednesday, 40% of candidates will be women. Julia Ikasarana and Mia Novitasari take a closer look at the state of women’s representation in Indonesian politics.

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