Category: Policy in Focus

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

The Indonesian government’s poorly coordinated response to Covid-19 indicates an urgent need for reform, write SMERU’s Jimmy Daniel Berlianto Oley and Rendy Adriyan Diningrat.

Repeated amendments, growing tensions between the centre and the regions and a lack of public consultation appear to be part of the ‘new normal’ for Indonesia’s budget in 2020. But is there a better way? Akhmad Misbakhul Hasan dives into the politics of economic recovery from the pandemic.

How has Covid-19 affected Indonesia’s national health insurance scheme (JKN)? Dr Dave McRae discusses issues of access and quality with Professor Laksono Trisnantoro in the latest Policy in Focus episode of Talking Indonesia.

Islamic boarding schools are among the worst affected by the pandemic, writes Professor Jamhari Makruf.

What impact has the Covid-19 pandemic had on mental health in Indonesia? In a special ‘Policy in Focus’ episode of Talking Indonesia, Dr Dave McRae speaks to Dr Wayan Suriastini about a recent survey on anxiety and depression during the Covid-19 crisis.

Is this the end of the road for Jokowi’s omnibus approach to lawmaking? M. Nur Sholikin explains what it is, and why it has encountered such strong resistance.