The Dynamic of Inequality in Rural Areas in Indonesia

Team Member: Widjajanti Isdijoso, Ridho Al Izzati , Nila Warda, Mayang Rizky, Ana Rosidha Tamyis, Nina Toyamah, M. Sulton Mawardi
Completion Year:
Jawa Tengah, Jawa Timur
Poverty & Inequality, Urban & Rural Development

Collaborating Partners

Funding Body :

Tifa Foundation


Description & Progress


TIFA Foundation has requested that SMERU conduct a study on the dynamics of inequality in rural areas in Indonesia, in order to ensure that rural economic development strategies are inclusively implemented and targeted at the poor.

The study aims to deepen the understanding of policymakers, from both government and non-government institutions, as well as to provide input for TIFA and its partners in determining effective interventions for the development of rural economies that are capable of reducing poverty and inequality.

This is in line TIFA's focus—for the period of 2017–2020—on confirming that economic growth is accompanied by a decline in inequality between disadvantaged minorities and other members of the community who benefit from access to economic opportunities, a decent living, and basic necessities and services.


Methodology and Data

The study will take a quantitative approach, using available national data sets, including the BPS’s Socio-economic Surveys, Population Census, Podes, and Agriculture Census, as well as other data sets such as Indonesian family Life Survey (IFLS) and data produced by relevant ministries and nongovernment institutions.



SMERU is currently preparing a study proposal which is expected to be presented to TIFA early in 2017, and the study is expected to commence in May 2017, for a duration of 18 months.

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