Talking Indonesia: Covid-19 and community engagement

The Covid-19 crisis in Indonesia shows no signs of abating. In the absence of decisive government action, many grassroots communities are stepping up by starting their own initiatives to contain the spread of the virus. Who is driving this community engagement? What can be achieved at this level? And why do women play a particularly important role in such initiatives?


This week’s Talking Indonesia podcast explores Covid-19 and community engagement in South Sumatra. Joining host Dirk Tomsa are the incoming director of the Monash Herb Feith Indonesian Engagement Centre, Associate Professor Sharyn Graham Davies, as well as Najmah and Yeni, two members of the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the Public Health Faculty, Universitas Sriwijaya, Palembang.


In 2020, the Talking Indonesia podcast is co-hosted by Dr Dirk Tomsa from La Trobe University, Dr Dave McRae from the University of Melbourne’s Asia Institute, Dr Jemma Purdey from Monash University and the Australia-Indonesia Centre, and Dr Charlotte Setijadi from Singapore Management University.


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Image courtesy of Najmah.



Dirk Tomsa is an Associate Professor in the Department of Politics, Media and Philosophy at La Trobe University.