Dr. Sudarno Sumarto as Speaker at The Asia Health Policy Program (AHPP) 2020 2020-21 Colloquium Series
Indonesia is facing a very serious economic distress with adverse impact due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. By the end of 2020, poverty rates in the country may increase significantly, wiping out two years of Indonesia’s poverty reduction achievements. One of Indonesia’s key way outs to cope with the crisis is its social protection system, which has improved since the 1998 financial crisis. However, insufficient data on Indonesians vulnerable to falling into poverty, coupled with response programs with complicated delivery and eligibility mechanisms, has made it challenging to deliver response-focused social protection. Dr. Sudarno Sumarto discussed whether the current social protection system is strong enough to weather the storm, especially to protect those working in the informal sector and marginal groups.
Watch the recording of the discussion here.