Talking Indonesia: Covid-19 and informal sector workers

Lockdown policies are having significant impacts on 1.6 billion informal workers worldwide. The different effects of Covid-19 responses on informal and formal sector workers is a massive issue for Indonesia, where more than half of the workforce works in the informal sector. How are informal sector workers coping during the Covid-19 crisis, and what is the Indonesian government doing to assist them?

 

In this week’s Talking Indonesia podcast, Dr Dave McRae discusses these issues with Joanna Octavia, visiting fellow at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies Indonesia, and a PhD Candidate at the Warwick Institute for Employment Research. She is the author of the recent CSIS Commentary, “Towards a national database of workers in the informal sector: COVID-19 pandemic response and future recommendations.”

 

This episode is the latest in the “Policy in Focus” series of Talking Indonesia episodes, supported by the Knowledge Sector Initiative (KSI), a partnership between the Australian and Indonesian governments that aims to improve the use of evidence in development policymaking. This series will appear periodically in alternate weeks to the regular Talking Indonesia episodes. The views expressed in this podcast episode do not represent the views of the Australian or Indonesian governments. 

 

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

 

Look out for a new Talking Indonesia podcast every fortnight.  Catch up on previous episodes here, subscribe via iTunes or listen via your favourite podcasting app.

 


Photo by Aditya Pradana Putra for Antara.

 

Dave McRae is a Senior Lecturer at the Asia Institute in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne. He is also an Associate at the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society.