Category: Policy in Focus

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Ahead of the final debate before the election, Dr Asep Suryahadi assesses the key economic promises coming from either side.

Former militia and released terrorists have turned to democratic means to advance their agenda in Central Sulawesi, write Ihsan Ali-Fauzi, Irsyad Rafsadie and Siswo Mulyartono.

No need to wait for the fourth industrial revolution, dehumanisation is already a reality for informal domestic workers in Indonesia, writes M. Nur Sholikin.

Earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic explosions – 2018 was a tumultuous year for Indonesia. Madelina Ariani asks how the health sector can provide a better safety net in 2019 and beyond.

How are political parties and candidates using big data to target their campaigns in the upcoming elections? Do any laws protect citizens’ personal data? Dr Dave McRae discusses these issues and more with Wahyudi Djafar in a special ‘Policy in Focus’ episode of Talking Indonesia.