This study aims to evaluate the implementation of the PEN program under the Ministry of Labor in supporting economic recovery during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gender Equality, Disability and Social Inclusion in Practice: Research and Advocacy Experience of Knowledge Sector Initiative Partners

GEDSI (Gender Equality, Disability, and Social Inclusion) Lessons Learned Document presents GEDSI knowledge from KSI partners and other organisations who are champions in mainstreaming GEDSI in their research and advocacy. This book aims to enrich the knowledge-to-policy (K2P) process with perspectives from marginalised communities and to provide advice on how to involve these communities throughout the process. Part of this is how to make fieldwork accessible to people facing challenges arising from disability or gender-based discrimination.

Disability and Labor Market Exclusion: Evidence from Indonesia

In accordance with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) No. 8 on Decent Work and Economic Growth, people with and without disabilities have equal rights to access decent and productive jobs. Furthermore, the fulfillment of the righths of disabled people to decent jobs will help to achieve SDG No. 10 on Reduced Inequality. However, in reality, there are pervasive and persistent barriers for people with disabilities to access the labor market.

How Inequality Affects Trust in Institutions: Evidence from Indonesia

Trust is an important ingredient to improve economic performance and people's welfare by alleviating market failures caused by imperfect information, costly enforcement, or coordination failures. Using the World Values Survey 2018, we estimate the impact of village and district levels inequality on trust in institutions in Indonesia.

Developing Inclusive Labor Market Information to Optimize the Implementation of The Unemployment Benefit

Law No. 1 of 2020 on Job Creation (Job Creation Law) states that the Unemployment Benefit (JKP) has the objective of easing the burden of laid-off workers in landing a new job and maintaining their standard of living. One of the benefits JKP offers is access to labor market information (IPK), namely the Karirhub-Sistem Informasi Ketenagakerjaan1 (Karirhub-Sisnaker), which is the national job platform provided by the Ministry of Labor. To support optimal implementation of JKP, the Ministry of Labor needs to make Karirhub-Sisnaker inclusive.

State of the Ecosystem for Youth Entrepreneurship in Indonesia

Young people dominate the unemployed population in Indonesia: three quarters of unemployed people were youth in 2019 and the level of youth unemployment increased from 13.03 percent to 15.23 percent between August 2019 and August 2020. At the same time, with the country’s demographic dividend and a high volume of public consumption, youth entrepreneurship in Indonesia has the potential to mitigate youth unemployment, build robust and inclusive economic growth and contribute to sustainable development.

Anticipating The Potential Impact of The Crisis Resulting from The Covid-19 Pandemic on Indonesia’s Employment Sector

The economic crisis triggered by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has had an impact on the employment situation in Indonesia. There are at least two implications of the crisis on the employment sector: (i) an increase in unemployment rate and (ii) changes in the landscape of the labor market.

Annual Report 2020

In late 2019, we—the SMERU management and staff—finalized the SMERU Strategic Plan 2020–2024. The strategic plan aims to increase SMERU’s relevance and improve the institute’s financial sustainability. With our focus still on quality research to contribute to the formulation of pro-poor socioeconomic policies, SMERU intends to expand its reach to regional governments and nongovernmental stakeholders— especially the private sector.





The partnership between SMERU, as a knowledge producer, and UNICEF, which is focused on child rights advocacy, is expected to provide a stronger and more effective advocacy base for improving child well-being in Indonesia.





This study aims to analyze the digital landscape in Indonesia by (i) identifying concrete opportunities for inclusive job creation, (ii) providing a detailed analysis of the digital skills gap, and (iii) developing the primary strategy to foster digital skills in Indonesia.

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