Special Capital Region of Jakarta





This study investigated factors that are important for fostering movement out of poverty, and the factors that limit the ability of PKH households to move out of poverty.



Newsletter No. 2: December 1998

As the economic crisis continues, the capacity of many Indonesians to provide for the basic necessities of life - food, clothing, and shelter - has been thrown even further into doubt. A prominent theme of several of the articles in this issue of our newsletter is the daily struggle many people face to provide sufficient food for themselves and their families and the grave impact this situation is having on the welfare of certain sections of Indonesian society.

Newsletter No. 3: February 1999

All indications are that the economic crisis in Indonesia, especially in the formal sector, will not be over in the near future. After a contraction in the economy of approximately 14% in 1998, predictions are that the Indonesian economy would either experience no growth or would continue to decline in 1999, at a rate of up to 3%. This makes it extremely important to ensure the good performance of the Social Safety Net (SSN) programs which are designed to help the poorest groups to meet basic needs in food, health, children’s education, and employment.

Gender Dimensions of the Crisis

If we take time to leaf through the previous five editions of the SMERU Newsletter, it will become apparent how little we have revealed of one of the most important aspects of the crisis, its gender dimension. We are all aware of how important this aspect really is and frequently discuss it. In fact we live with it; yet, we frequently forget to include it in our agenda. Gender is not just a matter of women, or even a matter of men and women. It is far more than that, for gender is a matter of human rights; gender is a development issue.

Developing a Poverty Map for Indonesia: An Initiatory Work in Three Provinces (Part II: Tables of Poverty and Inequality Estimates)

Developing a Poverty Map for Indonesia: An Initiatory Work in Three Provinces (Part III: Field Verification)

This report presents the field verification results for poverty maps of Jakarta, East Java, and East Kalimantan. The results show that the poverty maps created in this pilot study have been successful in ranking regions according to their poverty conditions, particularly at the district and subdistrict levels. At the village level, however, the presence of relatively large standard errors of the poverty rate point estimates in a significant number of villages makes it more difficult to determine with certainty the ordering of villages by poverty incidence.

Developing a Poverty Map for Indonesia: An Initiatory Work in Three Provinces (Part I: Technical Report)

This report presents the results of a pilot study to apply a recently developed technique for obtaining high-resolution poverty maps, using data from three provinces in Indonesia: Jakarta, East Java, and East Kalimantan. The purpose of this pilot study is to try out the applicability of the poverty mapping method given the available data in Indonesia and, furthermore, to test the feasibility of developing a poverty map for the whole country at various administrative levels (province, district, subdistrict, and village). The report is consisted of two parts.

Implementation of Special Market Operation (OPK) Program: Results of a SMERU Rapid Field Appraisal Mission in Five Provinces

As an important part of monitoring the social safety net program being launched in response to Indonesia's ongoing crisis, SMERU fielded teams of Crisis Impact Field Researchers to observe and investigate the implementation and status of the National Logistics Agency (BULOG) program Operasi Pasar Khusus (OPK), from late October to mid of November 1998.

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