Category: Policy in Focus

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.

How are informal sector workers coping during the Covid-19 crisis, and what is the Indonesian government doing to assist them? Dr Dave McRae chats to Joanna Octavia in a special ‘Policy in Focus’ episode of Talking Indonesia.

How will Indonesia change as the digital economy expands? And what role will government and the private sector play in this transformation? Dr Dave McRae chats to Putri Alam from Google Indonesia in Talking Indonesia.

As Indonesia’s population ages, researchers are looking into better evidence-based policies for the elderly. Riska Dwi Astuti shares findings from an ‘elderly- and dementia-friendly community’ in Bali.

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.

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

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.