08 Mar 2023

Students may experience scarring from education disruptions. Scarring is a condition where a disruption has long-term effects, even on earnings as adults. Simulations show that school closures due to COVID-19 may result in worse learning losses than those accumulated during regular school breaks. This loss of schooling can have long-term effects on wages. All students face a high risk of scarring.

07 Mar 2023

RISE Programme in Indonesia's research team who are involved in a study regarding the impact of COVID-19 pandemic and school closures on student learning outcomes in Indonesia wrote down their findings on an insight note titled "Learning Loss or Learning Gain? A Potential Silver Lining to School Closures in Indonesia".


26 Jan 2023

This paper presents an investigation of the causal impact of COVID-19, through lockdowns, on household income, income expectations, consumption of durable goods, and budget allocation in Indonesia using high-frequency data from the monthly Bank Indonesia consumer survey with more than 176,000 respondents. The authors find that COVID-19 lockdowns have a large and significant adverse impact on households’ income, expectations, and consumption.

30 Nov 2022

This study examines whether internet usage among micro and small enterprises (MSEs) could influence household membersʼ use of the internet in terms of intensity as well as usage for productive activities. Using longitudinal data from MSEs in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, covering the period before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, the study finds that more intensive use of the internet by female entrepreneurs is positively associated with at least an 8 percentage-point higher probability of internet use for school-related purposes by household members.

23 Nov 2022
  • 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.
22 Sep 2022

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has made the situation more challenging for those who need to access maternal and child health (MCH) services in Kabupaten (District of) Manggarai Barat. Even though the number of COVID-19 confirmed cases in this region was less than 75 throughout 2020, the regional government still implemented public activity restrictions. Health facilities must also observe the regulation; integrated health service posts (posyandu1) temporarily stopped operating and services at various health facilities were very limited.

12 Sep 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought an unprecedented challenge for micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) globally, including in Indonesia. In response to the pandemic, the Government of Indonesia launched a program to provide working capital assistance for micro-entrepreneurs categorized as poor and who are vulnerable to being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many MSMEs in Indonesia are also on the brink of failure during the COVID-19 pandemic as revenue significantly decreased due to a significant drop in demand (Badan Pusat Statistik, 2020).

05 Aug 2022

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.

15 Jul 2022

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.

23 May 2022

The nutrition and maternal and child health (MCH) services in Kabupaten (District of) Gowa have been facing many problems that have hampered efforts to achieve the target of these services even before the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. As a region with the second highest number of COVID-19 cases in South Sulawesi Province, Kabupaten Gowa is facing a new challenge in providing nutrition and MCH services amidst the pandemic.

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