This research seeks to better understand the welfare of the elderly and the existing social protection programs targeting the group.

Direct Cash Transfer-Village Fund for Mitigating Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Story from the Villages

  • The Direct Cash Transfer-Village Fund (BLT-DD) program implemented by villages indicates the villages’ ability to manage social assistance programs transparently and accountably.
  • The key is village deliberation meeting as the highest-ranked decision-making forum which is held openly and participatorily.
  • BLT-DD facilitators’ presence at the meeting is needed to verify and monitor the democratic process.

Same Storm, Different Ark: Coping Strategies of the Vulnerable Communities during the COVID-19 Pandemic

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has caused changes in multiple aspects of life. As a response to these changes, the vulnerable communities have been forced to set out their coping strategies. Looking at their livelihoods, the vulnerable communities working in the nonagricultural sector have experienced an income decline during the pandemic. In contrast, the vulnerable communities working in the agricultural sector, such as land-owning farmers and agricultural business owners, have been able to maintain their income level.

Examining Issues in Indonesia's Public Communication Strategies during the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Indonesian government issued various policies to keep the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic under control as cases fluctuated during the outbreak. However, the public communication strategies used by the government to handle the pandemic have not been effective, while effective communication is vital in fostering understanding and trust, as well as in maintaining people’s risk perception.





Study on social protection programs for the elderly in three provinces, namely DKI Jakarta, DI Yogyakarta, and Bali, from April to July 2021

The Situation of the Elderly in Indonesia and Access to Social Protection Programs: Secondary Data Analysis

The Indonesian Government continues to improve its social protection system to ensure the welfare of all citizens in accordance with the mandate of the constitution. Among the population groups that require special attention in the social protection system is the elderly. Based on the 2019 National Socioeconomic Survey (Susenas), there are more than 25.7 million people, or 9.6 percent of the total population aged 60 years and over in Indonesia.





SMERU takes the initiative to conduct research in the social, economic, education, and health fields, and on policies related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Child Multidimensional Poverty in Indonesia

In general poverty reduction uses two approaches: economic development to increase income, and community empowerment to improve the capacity of human resources. The success of poverty reduction schemes is determined, among others, by its policy and targeting accuracy. The policy can be targeted at the community, family, or individual which is disaggregated by age and gender.

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