Social Research & Policy Engagement Related to Covid-19

Team Member: Nina Toyamah, Ruhmaniyati , Hastuti , Sri Murniati, Ridho Al Izzati , Asep Kurniawan, Jimmy Daniel Berlianto Oley, M. Sulton Mawardi, Hening Wikan
Completion Year:
2021
Area:
DKI Jakarta, Jawa Barat, Jawa Timur, Sulawesi Selatan, Bali, Nusa Tenggara Barat, Nusa Tenggara Timur
Topic:
Economic Policy, Poverty & Inequality, Social Protection

Collaborating Partners

Project Donor/Funder: KSI - DFAT

 
 

Description & Progress

Background

The declining of socioeconomic state caused by the pandemic of COVID-19 has put forward more challenges for the government to response to the crisis. These challenges need to be addressed appropriately to ensure that they are pro-poor and equitable. During the last semester, the government has introduced various schemes to address the emerging issues. Nevertheless, these initiatives need to be critically reviewed so that the government are well-informed and receiving valuable inputs on the effectiveness of their programs to improve future programs.

SMERU, having had the experience to conduct research on socioeconomics issues during the 1998 Asian Financial Crisis and 2008/2009 Global Financial Crisis, is offering itself to conduct studies related to socioeconomic aspects of COVID-19 in 3 areas including economics, social, and mother and child health. These studies, if informed accurately to the government, are believed to beneficial for future policy making process that are pro-poor and inclusive. For this reason, SMERU has identified key stakeholders at the national level, which will vary according to the specific studies that undertaken. These key stakeholders at the national level includes relevant ministries and institutions, which will be specified in the following paragraphs. Furthermore, SMERU will also work closely with regional governments. Through KSI’s previous funding and other arrangements, SMERU has been able to establish strong relationship with 7 provincial governments that SMERU has worked with in the past. This long engagement will be beneficial to be carried forward in this initiative. The 7 focus provinces are: DKI Jakarta, West Java, East Java, South Sulawesi, Bali, NTB and NTT.

 

Objective

S1. Management of Social Protection database during and post COVID-19

This study tries to identify and analyze various discourse of the improvement of Data Terpadu Kesejahteraan Sosial (DTKS) management. It benefits to better governance and utilization of DTKS for social assistance programs.

S2. Monitoring of Regional Social-Economic Situation in 4 provinces during and post COVID-19

The study aims to understand the dynamics of socio-economic recovery during COVID, including the impact on poverty and the factors affecting it.

S3. Community Adaptation and Resilience during and post COVID-19

This study tries to understand community resilience and adaptation related to the economic recovery process of migrant groups and the poor due to COVID19.

 

Methodology

S1. Management of Social Protection database during and post COVID-19

The study will be done through data collection and policy engagement activities during September 2020 until June 2021. This involves literature review, online/ by phone - FGDs/policy discussions, and in-depth interviews with the Ministry of Social Affairs, Bappenas, Coordinating Ministry of Human Development & Culture, TNP2K, and Ministry of Home Affairs at the national level and several regional governments. The research is intended to deliver sound recommendations towards improving social protection database management.

S2. Monitoring of Regional Social-Economic Situation in 4 provinces during and post COVID-19

The study will be done through data collection and policy engagement activities during September 2020 until August 2021. It involves secondary data analysis, online/by phone survey, in-depth interviews and FGDs with the government, both at national and regional level, and another key stakeholders. The monitoring will be useful for Coord. Mo Economic Affairs, Coord. Mo Human Development & Culture, Mo Finance, Bappenas, Ministry of Home Affairs, especially to report on the effectiveness and efficiency of economic stimulus packages and how they can be improved in the future as well as learning on finding the balance between health and economic policies in pandemic situation.

S3. Community Adaptation and Resilience during and post COVID-19

The study will be done through data collection and policy engagement activities during September 2020 until June 2021. It involves literature review, 2 times primary data collection, as well as  in-depth interviews at the national level with Coordinating Ministry of Economic Affairs, Coordinating Ministry of Human Development & Culture, Bappenas, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Health, and BNPB and several regional government officials in Jakarta, West Java, Bali provinces. From this study, SMERU aims to offer viable suggestions of programs to support public education on resiliency and adaptation.


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